Difficult to assess completely although the overall was a 41-point performance with 140 rushing yards (albeit 33 of them from replacement quarterback Josh McCown). The line allowed just two sacks, but then again, one of them cost the team its starting quarterback at least for the balance of the afternoon.
But the rushing game averaged more than 6 yards per carry even without McCown’s contributions. And Matt Forte’s three touchdowns including some of the better blocking of the season up front. Right guard Kyle Long leveled a Washington linebacker in the hole for Forte to leap over for one score, and right tackle Jordan Mills provided repeated seal blocks on the edge, as did Jermon Bushrod on the left side.
“We fought all the way through,” said center Roberto Garza. Obviously we need to start better in the first and second quarters. But we showed a lot of character, battled but gave us a chance to win the game.”
“We were a block off here, missed one there, but we’ve got to do our jobs.”
The group did its job well overall, most notably because of a change at quarterback to someone (Josh McCown) most have not worked with since preseason and then only sparingly.
The line was guilty of no penalties despite playing from behind and in a noisy venue with a replacement quarterback.
“We all had [McCown’s] back,” Bushrod said. “And we fought, we fought, we fought. But we came up short.”
Week 7 Report Card