Bears grades vs. Eagles: Linebackers

Bears grades vs. Eagles: Linebackers

December 23, 2013, 1:30 am
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Moon's Week 16 grades

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Lance Briggs was on a limited-snaps plan in his first game back since fracturing his left shoulder on Oct. 20. It did not matter how many snaps he ultimately played, however. He was completely ineffective through most of the game, failing to take on blocks successfully at the point when Philadelphia attacked the edges and losing his footing too often after taking bad angles to plays.

Briggs finished with just one assisted tackle, according to preliminary stats.

Jon Bostic was beaten badly in pass coverage but also turned in a solid tackle-for-loss on a screen pass to McCoy. Bostic finished with a eight tackles, one for a loss, and was involved in nickel defenses, a job Briggs handled before his injury.

Too many of the 133 rush yards for LeSean McCoy and the 115 by backup Bryce Brown came without being touched even at the second level. The play in front of the linebackers was anemic but the Eagles averaged eight yards per rush with three different backs combining for four touchdown runs.

“[McCoy is] a back who can play in anybody’s offense,” said coach Marc Trestman. “He made players miss all over the place tonight.

“We couldn’t slow them down tonight.”