Week 9 Bears Grades: Secondary

Week 9 Bears Grades: Secondary
November 5, 2013, 10:45 am
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Bears Week 9 Grades

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Run support became the priority when Aaron Rodgers left with a shoulder injury in the first quarter and took the Green Bay passing game with him.

Safety play was shaky. Chris Conte failed to get any kind of hit on James Starks’ touchdown and Major Wright missed tackles with bad angles. Wright led the Bears with eight tackles, but Green Bay, giving the ball to Starks (six) and Eddie Lacy (22), meant lots of opportunities, too many of which did not end well. Missed tackles throughout the secondary remains a concern.

Conte and Tillman forced fumbles. Nickel back Isaiah Frey was arguably the best tackler in the secondary, which was not insignificant because of the Packers scheming to force the Bears into nickel packages.

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Some of the issues started in front of the secondary, with linebackers and the linemen not getting good gap fills at the first level. Tim Jennings had six tackles and Charles Tillman five, although neither had a pass breakup.

If there were positives, and there were some, they lay in coverage that was part of the defensive line registering five sacks. The Shea McClellin sack that resulted in the shoulder injury to Rodgers came when Rodgers was forced to roll out to his right looking for open receivers.

Grade: C-