Bears grades vs. Eagles: Offensive line

Bears grades vs. Eagles: Offensive line
December 23, 2013, 9:45 am
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Any progress that Bears appeared to be making this season in handling 3-4 defenses unraveled in Philadelphia as the Bears failed to handle the Eagles’ blitzes and even their personnel just man-on-man.

Some of it was scheme; players said the Philadelphia front was more attacking that typical 3-4’s and the (relatively) smaller linemen simply were very quick. Some of it was situational; as the game got away from the Bears, they ran the ball less and less (no runs at all in the second quarter vs. 20 pass plays).

“We're putting the offensive line in a bad position, a lot of 1-on-1 blocks,” quarterback Jay Cutler said.

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Jordan Mills and Kyle Long appeared to have a complete assignment breakdown, letting defensive end Cedric Thornton come through untouched and forcing Jay Cutler into a sack by Trent Cole. Mills also failed to cut Thornton off on the Bears’ first play of the second half, allowing Thornton to be in the backfield so fast that he tripped up Matt Forte in the Chicago end zone for a safety.

Mills and the edge protection in general was poor, with Mills having an overall bad game against a blitzing 3-4 scheme showing looks that seemed to befuddle the Bears.

Cole beat the protection for a third-quarter sack on which left tackle Jermon Bushrod lost him in traffic as Cole looped around through a gap between left guard Matt Slauson and center Roberto Garza.

““They were hitting us with different things, more ‘backers in the gaps,” said coach Marc Trestman.

GRADE: F-