Week 4 Bears Grades: Defensive line

Week 4 Bears Grades: Defensive line
September 30, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Pressure on Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was largely non-existent through the first quarter and that seemed to set the pattern. Julius Peppers registered a sack and had a solid game with six tackles, a QB hit and forced fumble but no other lineman other than Corey Wootton (four tackles, a TFL, forced fumble, recovered fumble) did much to worry the Lions.

As concerning, running back Reggie Bush was rarely disturbed or hit on his way to the second level and the pressure created for the back end of the defense was severe. At no point did the Bears consistently control the line of scrimmage and the result was a game never close to being in the Bears’ control.

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Stephen Paea worked primarily in Henry Melton’s three-technique spot, with Nick Collins lining up in the guard-center gap as the nose tackle. Wootton also worked in at the three- in what likely will be a package used more vs. Drew Brees and New Orleans.

“We didn’t do a good job on first and second down stopping the Lions but we did a good job on third down,” said coach Marc Trestman. “But it wasn’t it enough.”

Moon's Grade: D-