Bears Grades: D-line can't do anything to slow Stafford


Bears Grades: D-line can't do anything to slow Stafford

The travails of the secondary trying to cope with Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and the Detroit air show got next to zero help from a depleted defensive front that failed to generate any consistent pass rush and was too often gashed by Detroit runs when contain and gap integrity broke down.

With Ego Ferguson gone on IR with a knee injury, Eddie Goldman settled in at nose tackle and Jeremiah Ratliff at one end. The Bears, however, used a blizzard of personnel packages and looks from the front seven on Detroit’s first possession, none of which proved effective in a methodical 80-yard Lions touchdown drive.

That corrected on Detroit’s second possession, ending in a third-down sack shared by Jarvis Jenkins and Goldman on which the front four’s lane integrity left Matthew Stafford zero places to go on a third-and-one.

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Goldman was credited with five tackles. Jenkins had two additional quarterback hits, and Ratliff was credited with three solo tackles. Stafford was able to scramble six times for a total of 37 yards, a long of 11 yards.

The Lions had seven drives of 60 yards or longer. Of the 12 Detroit possessions, only three were stopped without at least one first down (a fourth ended with an interception by linebacker Jonathan Anderson.)

Moon's Grade: F+

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.