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Berars Week 15 Positional Game Grades

Our game grades for each Bears positional group, including the coaching staff, from Sunday's 38-17 loss to the Vikings.


Quarterback: C+

Jay Cutler threw for 230 yards, his fifth lowest total of the season in games he's started and finished. Yet it wasn't a horrible day for Cutler, whose 70.3 completion percentage was his second highest of the year, while his 93.4 QB rating was his second best of the past five weeks. Yet Cutler turned the ball over twice - only the third time this year he's turned the ball over more than once - on a lost fumble committed after being sacked and a horribly thrown screen pass that was intercepted by Vikings DL Justin Trattou. Cutler has had worse days but this is one he'll want to forget as quickly as possible.

Running Back: C+

For the second week in a row Jeremy Langford had more carries than Matt Forte. Langford finished with 11 carries for 46 yards (4.2 ypc), while Forte had 8 carries for 47 yards (5.9 ypc). Forte was much more productive as a receiver, catching a team-high 6 passes for 57 yards and a TD. Langford had just 1 catch for 11 yards. The Bears rushed for just 94 yards against the Vikings. It was the second week in a row they failed to rush for 100 or more total yards. Forte also had a blown block in pass protection that led to one of Cutler's five sacks, while Langford was called for downfield holding, which negated an Eddie Royal first down.

Wide Receiver: D

Alshon Jeffery caught his fourth touchdown of the season, yet his 10-yard score was his only reception of the day. Eddie Royal caught five passes for 31 yards, while Marc Mariani added 3 catches for 31 yards. Josh Bellamy added 1 catch for 7 yards, and that was the extent of the production from Chicago's wideouts on Sunday. Their combined 79 receiving yards was the lowest single-game total from the Bears wide receivers all season.

Tight End: C-

Zach Miller ended the day with 6 catches for 57 yards, yet 3 of those receptions and 31 of those yards came on the game's final drive, when the contest was already decided. When the game was actually on the line, Miller posted just 3 catches for 26 yards. That's Martellus-Bennett-like production.

Offensive Line: F

On the first offensive snap of the game, C Hroniss Grasu was called for holding, and it was a downhill tumble from there. The Bears gave up five sacks, the most in any game of the season, for a total loss of 32 yards. RT Kyle Long had his worst game of the season and was responsible for a sack and 2 QB hurries, while LT Charles Leno and RG Patrick Omameh also gave up a sack. Beyond their poor play, the offensive line also had a horrible day mentally, with holding calls on Grasu and Leno, as well as a false start by LG Matt Slauson. The one positive was that the run game averaged 4.7 yards per carry but most of those gains were wasted due to penalty and sacks, including a 35-yard run by Forte on the opening play of the game.


Defensive Line: B-

After a slow start, Chicago's defensive line settled in and quietly had a solid game. DE Mitch Unrein had three tackles, all of which came at or behind the line of scrimmage, and a QB hurry. Jarvis Jenkins had a team-high 5 QB hurries, which was four more than any other Bears defender. Eddie Goldman and Will Sutton combined for 66 snaps but were relatively quiet.

Outside Linebacker: C-

Willie Young picked up a sack for the fifth straight contest. Young joins Brian Urlacher and Steve McMichael as the only Bears players with a sack or more in five straight games in franchise history. Young also played well against the run and had three tackles at the line of scrimmage. Yet starters Pernell McPhee and Sam Acho had little impact, combining for 0 QB hurries. Lamarr Houston also had no QB hurries.

Inside Linebacker: B-

On one hand, Shea McClellin did not look good. He had 8 total tackles but only one came for a loss and most were well down the field. He was also targeted six times in coverage and allowed a reception all six times, for 79 yards and 2 TDs. On the other hand, John Timu played great in his first ever NFL start. He finished with a team-high 9 tackles, 5 of which came at or behind the line of scrimmage. Timu showed great North-South ability against Minnesota's rushing attack and brought much needed toughness to Chicago's front seven. Jonathan Anderson played 18 snaps on nickel downs, allowing 1 catch on 1 target for 6 yards.

Cornerback: D+

Tracy Porter and Alan Ball were targeted a total of two times by Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater, yet both targets were completed for touchdowns. That's as bad as it gets. Kyle Fuller also gave up receptions both times he was targeted. Demontre Hurst did have a decent day in the slot, allowing just 1 catch for 1 yard but overall, this was a very poor outing from a cornerback unit that had been playing very well of late.

Safety: F

Chris Prosinski had two missed tackles, both of which led to Vikings touchdowns. He also gave up receptions all three times he was targerted, for a total of 42 yards. Adrian Amos was relatively quiet as well, finishing with just three tackles and a missed tackle.

Coaching Staff

John Fox: D

The Bears had three timeouts remaining in the first half when Minnesota took conrol of the ball with 5:40 on the clock. The Vikings executed an extended drive, that resulted in a touchdown with just 26 seconds left in the half. Fox refused to call a single timeout during that drive, which did not leave the offense with enough time to execute a scoring drive before halftime. This was made worse by the fact Fox knew that Minnesota would get the ball to start the second half. These types of head-scratching decisions, which Fox refuses to explain in his post-game press conferences, just seem blatantly stupid and unacceptable from a head coach who does not call offensive or defensive plays during the game.

Adam Gase: C-

Gase was handcuffed due to poor pass protection and penalties, which never allowed him to successfully establish the run game. The 20 total rushes on Sunday were the fewest in any game this year. Yet against a Vikings defense that was missing its best three players, with great field position for most of the day, the Bears had as many turnovers as touchdowns (2). Blame for such a poor overall performance falls on the offensive coordinator.

Vic Fangio: D+

Chicago's defense once again came out flat, allowing touchdowns on five of Minnesota's eight total possessions, forcing just two punts. Teddy Bridgewater came into the game with just 9 TD passes on the year, yet he threw for 4 scores and added another TD on the ground. This looked like a defense that just rolled over against one of the worst offenses in the NFL. That falls on Fangio.


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