Week 13 Bears Grades: Quarterback

Week 13 Bears Grades: Quarterback

December 1, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Moon's Week 13 Grades

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It is difficult not give a high grade to the quarterback of a 480-yard offense but in this case...

Josh McCown’s numbers – 23-for-36 passing, 355 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a rating of 114.9 – were outstanding. But qualitatively, the game was a loss and not an overly well-played one at that.

McCown’s passing was inconsistent. He completed 64 percent of his passes but crucial ones were missed, accounting for the Bears’ 2-for-11 performance on third downs. McCown had third-quarter touchdowns of 80 and 46 yards to Alshon Jeffery. But McCown was ineffective early, missing badly on a third-down throw to an open Jeffery, and receivers made difficult catches of several poor throws.

He was nearly intercepted by a linebacker on one underthrown ball and then was picked by linebacker Chad Greenway but was saved by defensive offsides. He overthrew an open Earl Bennett on a long third-down play, a low-percentage throw but Bennett was against single coverage.

McCown’s ill-advised desperation attempt to get rid of the football midway through the fourth quarter was catastrophic, coming just after a Minnesota Vikings touchdown and giving the Vikings the ball at the Chicago 18. McCown attempted to flip the ball to Matt Forte as he was going down; the ball ended up in the hands of guard Kyle Long, who fumbled. (The pass goes as a completion for McCown.)

Disaster was averted when Khaseem Greene intercepted a pass and returned it 49 yards.

“I am disappointed, obviously,” McCown said. “Just off the top of my head, I look at myself and I think the best way to do this is see what I could have executed better. It was just unfortunate.”