Week 6 Bears Grades: Secondary

Week 6 Bears Grades: Secondary
October 11, 2013, 9:45 am
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The interceptions by Zackary Bowman and Tim Jennings, the latter’s first returned 48 yards for a touchdown return, were early and some of the only highlights in a game that then got badly away from the secondary, playing without linchpin Charles Tillman, who was inactive with a knee injury.

The secondary did make the catches on the three interceptions of Eli Manning but a high level of fault rests with the Giants. “People were put in different spots,” said New York coach Tom Coughlin, “and as the throws went, one of the defenders was right where the spot was.”

Things reached the point of position coach Jon Hoke verbally blasting the group in the second quarter over the number of big plays allowed and assignment breakdowns. Giants receivers consistently had no defender within five yards of them, with a lowlight of the 37-yard TD pass from Manning to Rueben Randle in the second quarter. Major Wright was late in providing deep help, then he and Jennings made inept tackle attempts as Randle pushed over them getting into the end zone.

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“We had to tighten up, we knew that, and it’s his job to let us know,” Wright said. “As a unit we cannot give up those big plays especially on third downs. That’s our job.”

The Giants converted seven of 11 third downs and had 16 plays of 10 yards or longer, including four on the final possession that ended with a Manning tipped overthrow of a wide-open tight end Brandon Myers at the Chicago 10. That drive started at the New York 11 and had covered 74 yards before the Jennings interception.

“Fortunately we were able to win without [Tillman],” said coach Marc Trestman, “and it will be great to have him back next week.”

Moon's Grade: D