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Floyd Must Be The Solution to Bears Pass Rush Problem

| May 30th, 2018

Ryan Pace has taken a lot of heat for not adding another pass rusher to complement Leonard Floyd. But if Floyd is who Pace once thought, the Bears will be just fine. The Bears need the Georgia product to realize his potential. In two years Floyd has struggled to stay on the field and has just 11.5 sacks. The bigger problem? He hasn’t been able to get pressure consistently.

Amongst the Bears regular edge rushers, Floyd actually had the one of the worst rates at getting to the quarterback. According to the NFL’s official statistics (NFL GSIS), Floyd managed 12 hits on opposing quarterbacks, the third highest total on the team, but he played significantly more snaps than any of the other edge rushers.

  • Sam Acho was actually second on the team with 18 hits in 251 pass rush snaps (snap counts per Pro Football Focus).
  • Pernell McPhee hit opposing quarterbacks 11 times in 197 snaps.
  • Willie Young had four QB hits in 67 snaps.

Breaking it down further, Floyd hit the quarterback once every 23 snaps, while Acho did so every 14 snaps, Young did every 17 snaps and McPhee did every 18 snaps.

Floyd got more attention from opposing offenses, so nobody should confuse those totals with ability. Nobody was doubling or chipping any of the other three players, so it’s probably still accurate to say the Floyd was the team’s best pass rusher. But the Bears still need him to be better. He didn’t get more attention than Chandler Jones who led the league with 33 QB hits (one every 18.5 snaps) or DeMarcus Lawrence (26, one per 17.5). That’s the level the Bears need Floyd to reach. That’s a fair expectation for a player taken so high.



If Acho can repeat his 2017 production, the Bears could be just fine opposite Floyd. While he wasn’t near the league leaders, Acho had as many QB hits as Chris Long, Elvis Dumervil and Myles Garrett, with only Long playing fewer snaps. Aaron Lynch didn’t get much of a chance with San Francisco last year, but he did manage five QB hits in 96 snaps. The Bears still need more impact plays from Acho for him to be considered a solid starter — he had just three sacks and two tackles for loss —but they can survive with him.

They also will get interior rush from Akiem Hicks — 20 QB hits last year and 17 in 2017 — and should get production from the team’s second- and third-tier rushers. There’s also a chance a player like Roy Robertson-Harris (4 QB hits in 82 snaps), breaks through.

None of that will really matter if Floyd doesn’t begin producing at a higher level.

Ever since the Bears hired Vic Fangio the comparisons to his San Francisco defenses have been made. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two units is that the 49ers’ top rusher — Aldon Smith — had no issue taking opposing quarterbacks down. Floyd has that kind of potential and if he realizes it next year, the Bears will have one of the truly elite defenses in the league.

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  • The Yes Guy

    YES.

    • Thompson Way

  • I 100% agree that Floyd needs to take a big step forward for the defense to improve. I’m just not sure if that’s going to happen.

    Floyd is already a solid player, but I think this is probably what he is. A good all around OLB who’s not a pass rush stud. Ideally he’s your 2nd best OLB, in which case you have a really strong group.

    • BerwynBomber

      Floyd is the opposite to me: a pass-rushing specialist who is a little iffy in the all-around game.

  • Thompson Way

    I think that you are right about Floyd getting all the attention. The two biggest issues with Floyd IMHO is his health and that there is no one else to draw attention away from him. If we had another very dominate player on the D, opponents wouldn’t be able to focus just on Floyd.

    • leftcoastdave

      Floyd was also used in coverage quite a bit. Fangio had holes to fill. Now watch and see how he utilizes his new personnel. The conventional wisdom of “must be the solution!” is just that and little more. Something to fill space in the off-season.

      • evantonio

        Yes. This. Would like to know how often he dropped into coverage vs rushing. Because if he’s getting 1 QB hit every 23 snaps, but is only rushing on 7 of those 23, that sounds pretty elite.

        • Andrew Dannehy

          The snap counts used are strictly pass rush attempts.

          • BenderMcLugh

            ahh good to know, so no snap count where Floyd or the others drop back in coverage?

          • Andrew Dannehy

            I have that, but didn’t use it in this story.

          • BenderMcLugh

            okay so now I’m confused….whatever, I’m used to it.

          • Andrew Dannehy

            The snap counts used are only pass rush attempts.

          • evantonio

            that clears that up.

  • CanadaBear

    Floyd just needs to be under control when he’s rushing the passer. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen him come flying in and completely whiff because the QB made a slight move. If he really does keep his head up this year he will probably improve.

    • SC Dave

      He damn well better keep his head up. Too many concussions, and now new rules to penalize him for not doing so.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yup. Watch the belt buckle and move through it.

  • Rain, rain go away

    They also will get interior rush from Akiem Hicks — 20 QB hits last year and 17 in 2017 — and should

    Should probably read:
    *20 QB hits last year and 17 in 2016

  • Rain, rain go away

    Perhaps the biggest difference between the two units is that the 49ers’ top rusher — Aldon Smith — had no issue taking opposing quarterbacks down. Floyd has that kind of potential
    ————————
    Not to say Floyd doesn’t have that potential….but not sure Aldon did to begin with. I like to say Justin Smith was the reason Aldon ever had real success!

  • willbest

    Morgan Freeman is fighting back. There were apparently cameras rolling at one of the incidents which clears him.

    • AlbertInTucson

      An AWFUL lot of “she made it up” stories coming to light.

      The Reuben Foster case.

      The drunken gal in Texas who accused a cop of rape except, oops, here’s the body cam video that shows she made it up.

      SMH.

      • evantonio

        Ooooh. So that’s what the body cam videos are for!

        I thought they were worthless after all the times a cop was acquitted after swearing they feared for their lives from the imminent threat before them even though the body cam footage showed them shooting an unarmed man in the back.

        • Irish Sweetness

          It might get like THe Circle soon, where everyone is basically wearing a go-pro button os somesuch, recording their lives.

          • evantonio

            we’re almost there.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Nice whiff.

          • evantonio

            what, like the whiff of corruption in the air?

          • AlbertInTucson

            No, whiff as in swing and a miss.

            I comment about 3 women’s making false charge and you reply completely out of left field.

          • evantonio

            You comment on body cam footage proving an officer’s innocence because he didn’t do anything.

            I comment on body cam footage proving an officer’s innocence because he shot an unarmed man in the back.

            There’s a connective thread in there.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I disagree.

          • evantonio

            You also raved about the Brandon Hardin pick. So, ya know, that.

          • AlbertInTucson

            You have me confused with someone else.

    • BerwynBomber

      Now he only has to do that seven more times.

      • willbest

        Probably only 3. His wasn’t Cosby level serial rape. It was a pattern of inappropriate behavior and prolonged contact.

        If he only did it 2-3 times it could just have been failed pick up attempts and not a pattern of behavior.

        And the problem now is the journalist and editor have lost all credibility on this piece since one of the 8 was easily refuted with video available to the public. Talk about lack of due diligence.

        • SC Dave

          Media accountability, while already moribund, was killed by twitter.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Twitter is a weird one. Buzz Aldrin went to the south pole in 2016 to visit a ‘pyramid’ there. He posted a tweet “We are all in danger. It is evil itself.” in relation to the pyramid, which he posted a picture of … and then promptly deleted.

          • SC Dave

            It’s sad what happens to people that were once household names and then become relative nobodies. The things they do for attentlon…

        • BerwynBomber

          Meh.
          I only saw two clips of Freeman. In both he makes a completely over the top statement in regard to how fine the female interview is or how he would like a piece of it.
          Do that in most work environments it is called sexual harassment. Don’t know why it would be called anything different in his instance(s).

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Not defending Freeman, because I don’t know all the particulars of the accusations against him. From what I have gathered in the one report I read it was just some inappropriate compliments and a hand on the back a few times. I figured it would eventually come to a point in this “movement” where false accusations start coming out.

      Has any of these women ever just stood up for themselves and tell whoever it is that what they are doing or saying is inappropriate? I would think that just pointing it out to most “offenders” would stop the behavior. It is evident that this would not work all the time but with something that I would consider fairly minor in regards to what other horrible things that have been reported.

      • willbest

        Slapping a man that gets fresh seems to have gone out of favor.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Is Harvey Weinstein really going to jail? Will it happen?

      • willbest

        He has been charged, who knows if the DA can make his case.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog
    @dabearsblog
    Roquan Smith is already starting inside because the Bears coaching staff looked at him. That’s all it takes with the elite talents.”

    Hopefully, this is akin to Hall-Of-Famer, Bill George’s, famous quote:

    “The second I saw him (Dick Butkus) on the field (at training camp) I knew my playing days were over,”

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    I like Floyd’s tenaciousness. That’s it. Unless the QB holds on to the ball longer than he should, this guy has no chance. He gets stood up by TE’s 1 on 1. And he’s a complete putz. That’s why he keeps getting hurt. he’s not coordinated. Looks like shit out there. Fuck him. He’s no Mark Anderson…. Terrible draft pick.

    • BerwynBomber

      Boy did that turn quickly in the span of a paragraph.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Damning with faint praise”…?

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        “I like Hitler’s tenaciousness. That’s it. Unless the Americans stay out of the war, this guy has no chance. He gets stood up by Russians 1 on 1. And he’s a complete putz. That’s why he keeps getting gassed. He’s not coordinated. Looks like shit out there. Fuck him. He’s no Churchill …. Terrible draft dodger.”

        • DaCoaches Mustache

          This is fantastic.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Which – if true – all means that he’s not being used correctly. A man his size should be running amok in pass or run coverage. His catch radius is huge.

      You want a pass rusher, you draft one. Blame Pace, not Floyd.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        The Bears were surprisingly ranked 7th in pass defense last year, but that’s a misnomer for total yards given up. It looked funny to me when I saw the Rams were ranked 13th by this measure. http://www.espn.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/passing/sort/yardsPerPassAttempt/position/defense

        The Bears defense faced fewer pass attempts so gave up fewer yards.

        When ranking passing yards given up per attempt, Chicago drops to 15th, giving up 6.9 yards every time. Absolute mediocrity. Tops in the league were Jacksonville and Minnesota, giving up 6.0 yards.

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