The first group charged with stopping the run failed badly and often, getting out of assigned gaps and then being blocked even further out of plays. David Bass had a sack and tackle for loss and Julius Peppers had one hit on St. Louis quarterback Kellen Clemens, but that about it from a area without answers.
“We have to find a way to do a better job,” coach Marc Trestman said. “I think the guys are in the right place, but we just did not get it done.”
Shea McClellin lost containment on Tavon Austin’s 65-yard TD run on the Rams’ third play and was caught inside on too many run plays. He failed to hold the point of attack and was handled repeatedly by single blocking on runs for double-digit gains.
Tackle Christian Topou had a dismal afternoon: missed an open shot for a sack of Clemens, completely lost his gap on a 39-yard Zac Stacy run in the first quarter and was victimized on a third-quarter run that set up a Rams field goal.
No lineman was credited with more than Corey Wootton’s two tackles.
Trestman’s thoughts that the work appears to be there in practice raises other questions, but in the end, the Bears have not been able to mount a sustained stretch of good defensive-line play by more than a player or two.
Moon's Grade: F