Dan Pompei's film session

Bears linemen responsible for only 2 of 6 sacks allowed Sunday

Jay Cutler was sacked six times Sunday, which usually is grounds for putting the offensive line in solitary confinement with no visitation privileges.

But a review of the tape revealed the big boys didn't play all that poorly. In fact, the linemen were responsible for only two of the sacks.

Here is what happened on each of the sacks.

Sack 1: Tight end Matt Spaeth is at fault, getting his feet tangled with J'Marcus Webb's and subsequently getting bulled back and beaten for a sack.

Sack 2: Cutler holds the ball for 5 seconds before Greg Hardy finally comes free after being blocked well by Webb. This sack is completely on the QB.

Sack 3: Cutler holds the ball for 4.2 seconds and is at fault again. Gabe Carimi cuts Hardy on what is supposed to be the back side of a screen pass to Matt Forte. DT Dwan Edwards prevents the possibility of a completion by getting in the way of Forte. Instead of throwing the ball at Forte's feet, Cutler double clutches and gets nailed by Hardy, who had time to get up off the ground and get to Cutler.

Sack 4: Webb could have blocked Frank Alexander better, but Cutler steps up and is in position to avoid the sack. However, instead of escaping in an open lane to his right, Cutler steps up to his left into an oncoming rush and a sack by Edwards. This was Cutler's fault more than Webb's.

Sack 5: Guard Chilo Rachal gets the blame for stepping inside on Hardy and slipping as Hardy goes outside shoulder.

Sack 6: Carimi gets beat on a speed rush by Charles Johnson for a sack/strip.

Here is what else we learned after a closer look.

Grading key: Grades are between 0 and 10 with 0 being complete failure and 10 being perfect.

Offensive line

Grade: 6

Each of the offensive linemen had a bad moment or two. Roberto Garza might have had more than a couple. He failed to get to defenders on a few occasions and had another false start, his third in two weeks.

Lance Louis and Webb graded out the highest.

Quarterback

Grade: 4.5

Cutler did what he had to do in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers made it very easy for him. He did not have any spectacular plays.

He should have had a first-quarter touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall, as he had plenty of time with an eight-man protection and Marshall had beaten Josh Norman. Cutler underthrew the ball.

Forgotten play: on the two-point conversion attempt, it appeared Cutler and Marshall had a miscommunication.

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