Week 13 Bears Grades: Linebackers

Week 13 Bears Grades: Linebackers
December 2, 2013, 3:30 am
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Adrian Peterson got his expected 100 yards (211 in fact), made possible with his superb ability but also more mistakes by Bears linebackers. Too often they were shifting or flowing too soon or too far to provide Peterson with little more than speed bumps, highlighted by Jon Bostic and Khaseem Green failing to hold gaps on an overtime run by Peterson that effectively set up the Vikings’ winning field goal.

Bostic’s performance was difficult to critique. He was credited with 9 tackles, a sack, tackle for loss and quarterback hit, and produced some pressure in blitz packages against Matt Cassel. His sack came in overtime when the Bears most needed impact plays.

But Bostic was engulfed without turning a sweep left by Peterson in the first quarter and Greene’s effort at tackling Cordarrelle Patterson on the latter’s TD run in the second quarter was non-existent. Bostic also made almost no contact with Peterson one-on-one in the hole in the third quarter.

Bostic committed one of his poorer mistakes of the game when he taunted John Carlson after making a tackle. “I need to be smarter,” Bostic said, “and I cannot put the team in that position.”

It was forgotten when Greene intercepted a mishandled pass to Rhett Ellison and returned it 49 yards to reverse a slide that was seeing the Bears go from a 10-point lead after three quarters to losing it.

“I was out there in the middle and my teammates made a great play on the ball,” Greene said. “They kept the ball alive and it just fell into my lap.”