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Sporting Charts tells us that for 2016, the Bears ranked 8th in total sack percentage at 6.5% (they sacked the quarterback 37 times compared to 530 pass attempts). Division rivals Green Bay and Minnesota were just ahead of them, and the top of the group included (in ascending order) the Broncos, Panthers, Bills, Seahawks and (at the top of the heap with a sack percentage of 8.1%), the Arizona Cardinals.

Across the entire NFL, the total was 1,118 sacks and 18295 passing attempts, for a league-wide 6.11% sack rate. This is down, as it has been since 2013, when the average sack rate for the league was 7.14% (that average would have tied the Bills for 3rd place in 2016).

 

Year Sacks Attempts Rate
2016 1118 18295 6.11%
2015 1187 18298 6.49%
2014 1212 17879 6.78%
2013 1295 18136 7.14%
2012 1169 17788 6.57%

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http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2017/1/5/14181434/the-bears-in-context-sack-rate-nfl-sacks-down-quarterback

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There weren’t many bright spots for the Chicago Bears 2016 season. Chicago tied the franchise record with 13 losses and saw several of their key players miss significant time. Some of them, like Danny Trevathan, may still be injured when the 2017 season gets underway. The season was a disaster, but one player that shone brightly all season was rookie running back Jordan Howard.

Howard finished the season, second in the NFL in rushing yards and second in yards per carry. He was also the only running back with over 250 attempts that didn’t fumble at least twice. He also ran for 70 first downs, good for third in the NFL.

In any other season, Howard would be piling up the rookie of the year awards, but thanks to Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, Howard’s end-of-year hardware will be surprisingly light.

But 2016 is firmly in the rear view mirror (at least for the Bears), and the Bears are already looking at 2017. Shortly after the season ended, running back Stan Drayton took a new job on Tom Herman’s new staff at Texas. Drayton is nothing short of a running back guru. He’s helped develop some of the best running backs the NFL has seen over the last couple decades including Brian Westbrook, Ahman Green, Arian Foster, Carlos Hyde, and of course, Elliott and Howard.

With Drayton gone, the Bears search for a new running backs’ coach and hopefully one that will gel as well as Drayton did with Howard. Howard has shown the size, strength and skills to continue to succeed at this level, but will Drayton’s departure hinder Howard’s development?

One would hope with the same offense and offensive line that Howard’s second season would be as good as his first, but Drayton’s departure could certainly be felt. It’s not a coincidence that great running backs seem to follow Drayton around. He is the best in the business, and you can’t just assume that he didn’t play a huge part of Howard’s success.

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http://beargoggleson.com/2017/01/06/jordan-howard-is-a-sophomore-slump-coming/

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With Ryan Pace, John Fox and Bears players, responsibility is fluid

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How does Pace justify to Bears ownership a second season that’s worse than the first? To Bears fans? To Bears players?

[Lucky for George McCaskey his GM has firmer grasp of reality]
[With patience running out, Bears GM needs to think big this offseason]

The answer to the ownership question is easy: money. Bears ownership just finished paying Marc Trestman not to coach, so Pace tells the McOwners that he’s doing them a favor by not repeating that, even though the guy who replaced Trestman has lost more games than Trestman.

The answer to the fans question also is easy: If Pace cared about the fans, he’d show up more than twice a year to answer questions and explain what he thinks of his team.

When he did show up Wednesday, he immediately told fans the Bears “will be better." After 3-13, how could they not? Big deal. Big talk. If you don’t get better, you get fired. K? Thanks. Bye.

The answer to the question about players, though, seems prickly.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/rosenblog/ct-ryan-pace-john-fox-responsibility-rosenbloom-20170105-column.html

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Bears face daunting task of sorting through 2016 wreckage

Disappointing. Unacceptable.

Those are the adjectives Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox used Wednesday as they summarized the worst 16-game season in franchise history. The Bears were a mess. They struggled with inconsistency and were torpedoed by injuries. Six of their 13 losses came by double digits. In two other defeats, they fell behind by at least 17 points.

After three consecutive last-place seasons, the climb back toward relevance remains ultra-steep. And now, in a demanding offseason, it's paramount Pace finds a way to create a better product on the field.

The Bears are vowing to be aggressive in their efforts to upgrade the talent, equipped with enough salary-cap room to spend freely in free agency and positioned favorably in the draft to land difference-makers at the top of each round.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-bears-3-phase-review-spt-0108-20170106-story.html

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Even with all of the money they have and are going to have when they cut players (looking at you Jay), i still don't see Pace overpaying for anyone. Who are the good value guys that are out there? The Hicks, trevathan's and freemans.. It's funny, looking back, the jags gave an open check book to players last year and were darlings of the Draft. They are picking 4th this year.

Never die easy....

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

 

One would hope with the same offense and offensive line that Howard’s second season would be as good as his first, but Drayton’s departure could certainly be felt. It’s not a coincidence that great running backs seem to follow Drayton around. He is the best in the business, and you can’t just assume that he didn’t play a huge part of Howard’s success.

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http://beargoggleson.com/2017/01/06/jordan-howard-is-a-sophomore-slump-coming/

If Drayton is to receive so much credit for the individual success of Howard, it is only fair he also receive equal credit for the pedestrian accomplishments of both Langford and the  Damp Dream....... one might even go so far as to question why in gawds name, on Drayton's watch, the season began and continued with Howard 3rd on the depth chart until injury forced him onto the field?

I think Jordan Howard will be just fine without the late great Drayton.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

 

One would hope with the same offense and offensive line that Howard’s second season would be as good as his first, but Drayton’s departure could certainly be felt. It’s not a coincidence that great running backs seem to follow Drayton around. He is the best in the business, and you can’t just assume that he didn’t play a huge part of Howard’s success.

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http://beargoggleson.com/2017/01/06/jordan-howard-is-a-sophomore-slump-coming/

If Drayton is to receive so much credit for the individual success of Howard, it is only fair he also receive equal credit for the pedestrian accomplishments of both Langford and the  Damp Dream....... one might even go so far as to question why in gawds name, on Drayton's watch, the season began and continued with Howard 3rd on the depth chart until injury forced him onto the field?

I think Jordan Howard will be just fine without the late great Drayton.

Maybe that is  why he left? Maybe he was screaming at Loggains and Fox how useless Langford was an they ignored him. Or maybe he want to be somewhere that knows  how to call a running play.....

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

 

One would hope with the same offense and offensive line that Howard’s second season would be as good as his first, but Drayton’s departure could certainly be felt. It’s not a coincidence that great running backs seem to follow Drayton around. He is the best in the business, and you can’t just assume that he didn’t play a huge part of Howard’s success.

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http://beargoggleson.com/2017/01/06/jordan-howard-is-a-sophomore-slump-coming/

If Drayton is to receive so much credit for the individual success of Howard, it is only fair he also receive equal credit for the pedestrian accomplishments of both Langford and the  Damp Dream....... one might even go so far as to question why in gawds name, on Drayton's watch, the season began and continued with Howard 3rd on the depth chart until injury forced him onto the field?

I think Jordan Howard will be just fine without the late great Drayton.

Maybe that is  why he left? Maybe he was screaming at Loggains and Fox how useless Langford was an they ignored him. Or maybe he want to be somewhere that knows  how to call a running play.....

Perhaps, but again if he is so responsible for Howards success he is equally responsible for Langford and the Damp Dreams suckage.  Langford actually regressed.

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When an NFL club goes 3-13 after a 6-10 season, it is easy to scream for the heads of everyone in charge.

But is it fair, is it wise and is it the best course of action for the football team?

Let’s be honest, it’s the easy way to go. If the Bears mess the bed again in 2017, you can crow about being right and you most likely will get your wish at the end of the season. If you’re wrong, everyone will be so happy you won’t have to hear about it too much, anyway.

It is tougher to find reasons to stay the course, be patient and support the plan. If you’re right, nobody’s going to pat you on the back, and you’ll just get grief for feeling the need to remind people if you go that route, and if you’re wrong, you will never hear the end of it.

Nonetheless, I attended Wednesday’s presser prepared to tout the status quo and looking for reasons to believe, and I am now prepared to spend the next 12 months living out on that limb.

I like most of what general manager Ryan Pace has done so far.

Let’s start with the false premise the Bears are no better off than they were when Pace and coach John Fox arrived two years ago.

The team was the laughingstock of the NFL on the football field, and time spent in the locker room was about as desirable as invites to Donald Trump’s inauguration appear to be to A-list celebs.

(Please save your angry retorts. I’m not offering any political commentary. The facts are they apparently can’t get any of the “Hot 100” to come.)

At the end of the 2014 season, the only young players on the Bears roster worth keeping were Kyle Long, Alshon Jeffery and Kyle Fuller.

Josh Bellamy, Ka’Deem Carey, Ego Ferguson, Lamarr Houston, Demontre Hurst, Christian Jones, Charles Leno, Zach Miller, Patrick O’Donnell, Will Sutton, Cornelius Washington, Marquess Wilson and Willie Young were here, too, but other than Young and O’Donnell, how many are likely to be here much longer, and how much does it matter?

Conversely, Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford, Cameron Meredith, Bobby Massie, Cody Whitehair, Josh Sitton, Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, Leonard Floyd, Nick Kwiatkosk and Tracy Porter all offer the promise of players you can build a winner around, and Kevin White, Jonathan Bullard, Deiondre' Hall, Bryce Callahan and Deon Bush just might, too.

We are still two years away from evaluating Pace the drafter, but I like the early returns and am very impressed with the measured approach he has taken toward free agency.

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http://www.profootballweekly.com/2017/01/05/hub-arkush-despite-3-13-season-ryan-pace-should-give-chicago-bears-fans-confidence-for-2017/a38d7mh/

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At the Chicago Bears’ end-of-year press conference, general manager Ryan Pace promised fans that the team is going to get better, emphasizing the important offseason that lies ahead.  Referencing the Bears’ high first-round pick and available money to spend in free agency, Pace said the team would be aggressive in their effort to improve.

Saying it is one thing.  Doing it is another.

Here are four ways the Bears can be aggressive this offseason in an effort to immediately improve and compete in the NFC North next year.

Sign Kanas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry

The Chicago Bears have been searching for a leader at safety ever since the retirement of Mike Brown.  In case you’ve forgotten, Brown last played for the Bears in 2008.

Berry is a rare talent who, if the Chiefs are smart, won’t have the chance to test the open market.  He’s had a remarkable year, and at 28-year-old, has several high-level seasons left in the tank.  His addition would instantly change the makeup of the Bears’ defense, giving them legitimate playmakers on all three levels of the field.

Trade for Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

The price will be steep for Garoppolo, with the Patriots expected to demand a first and fourth-round pick for him.   But the Bears will at least have a reasonable chance to sell their second-round pick — No. 35 overall — to New England with a package of other picks to secure the 25-year-old star-to-be.

Pace emphasized that everything is on the table when it comes to quarterback this offseason, which presumably means a trade is in the mix.  There’s no better option on the market, whether it be free agency or via trade, than Garoppolo for a club looking for a young franchise-caliber passer.

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http://bearswire.usatoday.com/2017/01/05/4-ways-ryan-pace-and-the-chicago-bears-can-be-aggressive-this-offseason/

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

At the Chicago Bears’ end-of-year press conference, general manager Ryan Pace promised fans that the team is going to get better, emphasizing the important offseason that lies ahead.  Referencing the Bears’ high first-round pick and available money to spend in free agency, Pace said the team would be aggressive in their effort to improve.

Saying it is one thing.  Doing it is another.

Here are four ways the Bears can be aggressive this offseason in an effort to immediately improve and compete in the NFC North next year.

Sign Kanas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry

The Chicago Bears have been searching for a leader at safety ever since the retirement of Mike Brown.  In case you’ve forgotten, Brown last played for the Bears in 2008.

Berry is a rare talent who, if the Chiefs are smart, won’t have the chance to test the open market.  He’s had a remarkable year, and at 28-year-old, has several high-level seasons left in the tank.  His addition would instantly change the makeup of the Bears’ defense, giving them legitimate playmakers on all three levels of the field.

Trade for Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

The price will be steep for Garoppolo, with the Patriots expected to demand a first and fourth-round pick for him.   But the Bears will at least have a reasonable chance to sell their second-round pick — No. 35 overall — to New England with a package of other picks to secure the 25-year-old star-to-be.

Pace emphasized that everything is on the table when it comes to quarterback this offseason, which presumably means a trade is in the mix.  There’s no better option on the market, whether it be free agency or via trade, than Garoppolo for a club looking for a young franchise-caliber passer.

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http://bearswire.usatoday.com/2017/01/05/4-ways-ryan-pace-and-the-chicago-bears-can-be-aggressive-this-offseason/

I totally disagree about trading for Garoppolo my feeling are that he just isn't the Chicago Bears future QB, if none of the QB presently signed with the Bears aren't a fit then draft one, we don't need NE left overs.

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