Bears Report Card: Grades after loss to Rams


by - Staff Writer -
Foles was constantly under pressure against the Rams (Robert Hanashiro - USA Today Sports)
Foles was constantly under pressure against the Rams (Robert Hanashiro - USA Today Sports)

It was a crazy week for the Chicago Bears, and frankly a disappointing one. The Bears had an opportunity to show the league they were a legit team and not a fluke, and instead, they had their wheels blown off on Monday night.

Let’s give out our position grades for the Bears, who were defeated by Aaron Donald and the Rams in a 24-10 loss.

Quarterbacks: D-

Nick Foles was not particularly sharp in this one; in fact, he kept his streak going of consecutive games with an interception, leading the NFL. Foles now has six picks in just four and a half games. He was under heavy duress, missed a few crucial throws, and in the end, lost the game. Is it time for Mitch to come back?

Running backs: C-

David Montgomery tallied 48 yards on 14 carries. Although he has been unable to break any big plays, Montgomery has been okay for the Bears. Montgomery also caught five passes for 21 yards out of the backfield. Patterson only tallied three carries and three catches, nothing too impressive for this group.

Wide Receivers: C+

This unit performed admirably enough to earn a C+. Allen Robinson had just an okay game with four catches for 70 yards against a tough Rams defense. Rookie Darnell Mooney caught three passes for 40 yards and some good routes but could not be found by Foles. Anthony Miller will look to be involved more, but he grabbed three balls for just 20 yards. Big roadblock for this unit on Monday night.

Tight Ends: C

This unit, with an overfilled position room, had a solid day on Sunday. Rookie Cole Kmet caught two passes for 45 yards, but the terrible drops from Demetrius Harris overshadowed his performance. Jimmy Graham continued to be a big part of this offense with another five catches for 31 yards.

Offensive Line: F

The offensive line did a terrible job protecting against LA. The o-line gave up four sacks and could not generate a push in the run game. Some injuries mixed with a bad effort show this unit is the Bears’ weakest one.

Defensive Line: C-

The D-line was not great on Monday. The unit pressured Goff but could not get to him that much. The line couldn’t get into the backfield and stop the run either, and the unit took numerous tough penalties — they’ll bounce back for sure.

Linebackers: B-

Khalil Mack was solid for the Bears, getting involved often and tallying a sack. Roquan Smith had eight tackles, and Danny Trevathan had five. This unit was not great in coverage and needs to rebound this week.

Secondary: C+

The Rams did not have any huge plays, and the receivers were mostly slowed down. Kyle Fuller gave too many cushions in coverage, and Tashaun Gipson dropped a pick. Eddie Jackson had a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown, and he added nine tackles.

Special Teams: C-

Cairo Santos made a field goal, punts were okay, but returns from Cordarelle Patterson and the lack of Ted Ginn’s returns were bad.

Playcalling: D

There are absolutely issues with the play calling. The Bears don’t use the tight ends enough, Cordarelle Patterson is not a running back, etc etc etc. This team needs to correct the play calling, and maybe that means have Nagy give up play-calling duties.

Nonetheless, this team is 5-2 and looking to make it 6-2 at home against Drew Brees and the Saints this week to stay afloat in the loaded NFC.

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