Grading the Bears vs. Seahawks
BY MARK POTASH Twitter: @MarkPotash December 18, 2011 8:10PM
Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell reacts after catching a touchdown pass in the second quarter to give the Bears a 14-7 lead over the Seattle Seahawks. The Bears went on to lose the game 38-14 Sunday December 18, 2011 at Soldier Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Quarterback (F) Caleb Hanie was off target at the start and then got worse, throwing two pick-sixes and getting sacked four times before being replaced by Josh McCown.
Running backs (B) Kahlil Bell had 65 yards on 15 carries and caught a 25-yard TD pass. Marion Barber stayed in bounds and didn’t fumble, but he rushed for only 33 yards on 11 carries.
Receivers (C-) A typical post-Cutler day: Johnny Knox made a nice third-down catch but fumbled, then suffered a back injury and never returned. Dane Sanzenbacher was targeted six times and caught two passes for 26 yards.
Offensive line (C) Held its own for the most part until wilting in the end under difficult circumstances, but it didn’t step up, either. The Bears rushed for 132 yards on 31 carries.
Defensive line (C) Julius Peppers made an early impact with a QB hurry and forced a fumble that Israel Idonije recovered in the end zone for a TD. But Peppers & Co. came up empty in the second half.
Linebackers (C) Brian Urlacher had six tackles but zero impact plays. He had a golden opportunity for a fumble recovery in the second quarter but somehow couldn’t come up with the ball. Lance Briggs had four tackles.
Defensive backs (C) The Bears held Tarvaris Jackson to 51 passing yards in the first half. But Tim Jennings was burned for a 43-yard pass that set up a TD that tied it at 14.
Special teams (C-) Didn’t help the cause with atypical sloppy play. Corey Graham was called for a penalty on a Seahawks FG that led to a TD. Bears did nothing in the return game and allowed a 36-yard punt return.
Coaching (D) Injuries and bad breaks put Lovie Smith in a tough spot. But his team again showed no sign of the resilience that usually holds it together in tough times. The horrid backup QB situation is just the start.