Week 4 Bears Grades
Not an easy area to critique in a game that had so many physical mistakes (giveaways at quarterback, poor tackling on defense, special teams).
The offense kept its compass heading and went to using a “heavy” package with tackle Eben Britton in as a tight end in the second half, instead of trying to have Jay Cutler try to fling them back in the game all at once.
But Lions players said they had a good handle on what the Bears would do to protect Cutler and also to get the ball out of his hands, and the Bears were not able to counter effectively.
Coach Marc Trestman struck some observers as being too protective of Cutler in comments afterwards, when Cutler himself was taking primary responsibility for poor execution.
“I thought he was extremely accurate,” Trestman said despite Cutler being intercepted on two poor throws, which effectively helped decide the game. “We had some dropped balls in the game; we normally don’t drop any balls.”
The defense was unable to contain Reggie Bush’s runs or mount any real pressure on Matthew Stafford. Special teams had one major breakdown in punt coverage which also resulted in field position and ultimately points.
Moon's Grade: C-