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The Chicago Bears protected Jay Cutler well during their Week 4 win over the Dallas Cowboys, and if that trend continues, the Jacksonville Jaguars could be in for a rough game on Sunday.
Nearly every iteration and permutation of the Chicago Bears offensive line has struggled to protect Jay Cutler, but the strides made during Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys could finally be a good sign for an offense waiting to break out. Through the first four games in 2010, the Bears ceded 18 sacks. In 2011 that number dropped to 15, and this season it stands at just 13 sacks. If DeMarcus Ware and the talented pass rushers for Dallas could only drop Cutler twice, what chance do the Jaguars have to rattle Jay in the same way the Green Bay Packers did back in Week 2?
Analysis of every sack from the 2012 season is available at Bears blog, Windy City Gridiron, where Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. has been tracking protection breakdowns for several years with a weekly column called Sack Watch! Here's a bit from this week's column:
J'Marcus Webb does his job on this play. He pushes DeMarcus Ware (94) past his QB, giving Cutler time to throw, only Cutler decides to take nearly four seconds. Whenever you see a QB complete his drop back, then pitter patter his feet looking for somewhere to throw, he's taking too long.
If you want detailed analysis of every missed chip block and broken protection scheme, be sure to check out the series.