Week 12 Bears Grades: Linebackers

Week 12 Bears Grades: Linebackers
November 24, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Linebackers typically lead the team in tackles, and Bears linebackers did that. But when so many of tackles are downfield (the Rams had six plays longer than 25 yards, three of them on runs), it points to a group not reacting well enough or fast enough in too many directions.

“They’re a good team, and we have to give them props,” said rookie middle linebacker Jon Bostic. “They were better than us today, plain and simple. ... We have to clean everything up.”

Khaseem Greene played well in spots but was out of his gaps too often, the story of the game for the youngest position group on the team and one providing few answers in the wake of injuries to Lance Briggs and D.J. Williams.

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Bostic in the middle was unable to cover enough ground too frequently on run plays, including Tavon Austin’s 65-yard sprint on the first series.

Greene led the Bears with six tackles, according to preliminary stats, and Bostic was tied for second with five. But neither was able to make a tackle for loss with the Rams running the football 29 times or produce a pass breakup.

James Anderson’s 10-yard sack in the third quarter forced the Rams to settle for a 40-yard field goal.

Moon's Grade: F