Report Card vs. Redskins

Both sides of the ball had their successes and failures against Washington and the grades reflect that with the lowest mark being an F and the highest an A-minus.

F -- How bad was QB Jonathan Quinn? In the first quarter, he completed 2 of 5 passes for 3 yards. In the third quarter he was 1 of 3 for 1 yard. Twice he completed passes for 1 yard. In the fourth quarter he completed a pass for minus-2 yards that almost took the Bears out of field goal range, but fortunately Paul Edinger came through with a tough 46-yarder into a difficult wind. Quinn was sacked four times for a net 34 passing yards.

C -- It took too long for the Bears to get Thomas Jones going, although he wound up with 97 yards on 24 carries. The Bears' team total of 126 rushing yards was artificially enhanced by a meaningless 23-yard run by QB Jonathan Quinn at the end of the first half.

A-minus -- For most of the day, the Bears made Redskins QB Mark Brunell look as bad as Chicago QB Jonathan Quinn. But one glaring coverage mistake by the Bears' secondary allowed Rod Gardner to work his way wide open in the end zone for an 18-yard score, the only offensive touchdown of the afternoon. Cornerback Jerry Azumah made up for that with an interception and 70-yard return for the Bears' only touchdown.

D-minus -- The Bears knew the Redskins were going to run, but even after they eliminated the pass they still couldn't stop Clinton Portis. He ran for 171 yards, and the Redskins piled up 218 while averaging 4.6 yards per carry.

B -- P Brad Maynard continued to be one of the Bears' best offensive weapons with a 44.6-yard gross average and a 42.5-yard net. Paul Edinger converted a 46-yard FG into a tricky wind to keep the Bears' hopes alive in the fourth quarter. R.W. McQuarters positioned the offense for a potential game-winning drive with a 35-yard punt return, but it went for naught.

D -- Jonathan Quinn was unfit to lead, and apparently no one else was ready to take up the fight. Both are the fault of the coaching staff.

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