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Clay Matthews made success impossible for Jay Cutler.
The frequency that Jay Cutler is sacked may be the most well-documented aspect of his entire professional career. It’s hard to overstate the impact sacks and pressure have had on his performance.
For his time in Chicago, my correlation test revealed that sack yardage is tied to 21 percent of the variability in his QBR.
Finding responsibility for sacks is one of the more challenging and inexact common football assessments. Allowing one may be the greatest “team failure” in football: pre-snap adjustments were not made, one or more people missed their blocks, receivers could not get separation and the quarterback was unable to scramble or throw the ball away.
My eyes tell me that Cutler needs to be quicker to release the ball, but surely inept play from his offensive line must have something to do with the 123 sacks for 806 yards Cutler has endured since 2009.
But it’s more than just sacks. In fact, Nick Saban would tell you, “There’s not one stat in the NFL that says how many sacks you get contribute to winning!”
How many time has Cutler been hurried, had his passes batted at the line or made unwise decisions because of pressure, be it real or perceived?
The situation, as usual, needs to be improved moving forward. Chicago has allowed 13 sacks in 2012 (sorry, Nick Saban).