Pancake blocks are a stat usually kept for offensive lineman in the NFL. On Monday night, Aldon Smith pancaked a plethora of Chicago Bears lineman on his way to Jason Campbell 5.5 times — a new Monday Night Football record.
Whether he was matched up on J'Marcus Webb or Gabe Carimi, Smith was in the backfield regularly causing fits for Campbell.
"We were playing our defense, stopping the run and then stopping the pass," Smith said. "I was just playing my game and getting after it."
He and Justin Smith ran stunt patters perfectly, disguising their movements well, yielding easy quarterback hits.
A big reason why San Francisco was able to pin its ears back was due to the lack of a running game. It was obvious that offensive coordinator Mike Tice wanted to establish the running game as Chicago backs were getting carries up until the final whistle, despite being down three scores.
As a team, 85 yards on 28 carries, or exactly three yards per rush, won't cut it.
The Bears were constantly in third and long situations, putting Campbell in trouble. Under normal circumstances, he'd be able to get some throws off, but in this one, all five offensive lineman decided they had better things to do.
Webb and Carimi was continuously being made look foolish, and when Chilo Rachal wasn't holding against his former team, he too was getting pushed back into the pocket. Otherwise, you could see him taking an intentional grounding penalty — something that we previously thought that only a quarterback could commit.
In all honesty, it's simply amazing Jay Cutler isn't dead after watching Campbell play behind that line. He was never protected, was hit 11 times, sacked six and fumbled twice.
With the beating Campbell took, we applaud Lovie Smith for keeping Cutler on the sidelines to prevent further injury. Everyone watching last night's game knows that had Cutler been in the game, the Bears may not have had him for the rest of the season.
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