Bears-Browns grades: Defensive line

Bears-Browns grades: Defensive line
December 16, 2013, 9:30 am
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Jeremiah Ratliff continued to elevate not only his play but also that of the entire defense. He was credited with two solo tackles but had one for loss and three quarterback hits on Jason Campbell, delivering pressure that contributed to Campbell.

Ratliff started at nose tackle in place of Stephen Paea, whose turf toe is still a problem, and Corey Wootton at three-technique and Shea McClellin at DE. The combination helped hold Cleveland to 36 rush yards in the first half and sub-100 for the game and some late-season espirit de corps may be developing.

“[Chicago] is where I felt the most comfortable,” Ratliff said. “Closely knit locker room, everybody constantly trying to improve, sharing ideas, and that’s all you can ask.”

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The rush lost containment of Jason Campbell for a 17-yard scramble on a third-quarter third down that sustained a drive resulting in a tying touchdown on which the line in particular seemed lost when the Browns ran occasionally out of a wildcat formation.

“There are some things we want to get done as a defense,” Ratliff said. “Holding a team to 17 points (the Browns’ offense scored 17); holding a team under 100 yards rushing; and winning the turnover battle.”

The pass rush was spotty, with zero sacks and just four hits on Campbell, three of those by Ratliff.

Moon's Grade: B