The Chicago Bears were held without a sack in losses to the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals the first two weeks of the season. That changed Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks when Pernell McPhee and Jarvis Jenkins each sacked the quarterback twice.
McPhee was the Bears’ prized free agent acquisition this offseason and was expected to come in and make a difference rushing the passer. In fairness to him, he has found himself around the quarterback a number of times this year, but hadn’t been able to close the deal and finish the play until Sunday.
Jenkins was brought in on a one-year deal after spending his first three seasons with the Washington Redskins. Jenkins had as many sacks on Sunday as he had in his entire three-year stint with the ‘Skins. Three-four defensive ends are more space cloggers than pass rush specialists, but it’s a bonus to have ones that can fight through double teams to get pressure on the quarterback.
The Bears have faced three pretty good offenses thus far in the season and three solid quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer, and Russell Wilson. As the defense continues to jell and settle into their individual roles, I think we can expect defensive coordinator Vic Fangio‘s unit to increase the pressure.