Bears grades vs. Eagles: Defensive backs

Bears grades vs. Eagles: Defensive backs
December 23, 2013, 10:30 am
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Moon's Week 16 Grades

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Philadelphia did basically whatever it wanted to the Chicago defense, run or pass, and the secondary was victimized by quarterback Nick Foles completing 21-of-25 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Part of the problem was a virtual lack of any consistent pass rush but it was a situation with myriad problem plays.

Safety Chris Conte got snarled in traffic along with linebacker James Anderson to let Riley Cooper work free in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard TD pass on the Eagles’ first possession. Conte suffered a possible concussion in the first quarter and was replaced by Craig Steltz, but did return. Conte was credited with a team-high 10 tackles and forced a fumble, but impact plays were non-existent in the secondary, just like most areas of the defense.

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Major Wright lost tight end Zach Ertz for a big first-quarter completion and was ineffective despite being credited with 7 solo tackles. Conte and Wright each were cited for two missed tackles, according to ProFootballFocus.

Corners Zackary Bowman and Tim Jennings did not have as poor game as the safeties. From a game like this one, that’s something.