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PFF just released their gradings for Falcons @ Bears


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Some key notes that I see before they review the game:

- They appear to be blaming the receivers rather than Ryan for the passing game's incompetence. Didn't help when his receivers had dropped 5 passes altogether.

- Joe Hawley and Reynolds were the culprits on the OLine. Reynolds gave up a sack and two hits, which equals Josh Sitton's stat line for the whole of last season. Hawley gave up a sack and a hit, which was more than what Matt Birk gave up all of last year and equal to Mangold. Imagine what we'd be like if we had some elite OLine players?

- Blalock and Clabo both have positive grades for pass blocking, allowing 1 hit and 2 pressures between them in a combined 110 pass blocks but were given negative grades in the run game.

- Baker had a solid game overall which is encouraging.

- Snelling dropped two easy passes.

- Offense in total gave up 4 sacks, 6 hits and 2 pressures.

- Bears got themselves 5 sacks, 8 hits and 6 pressures. Means many weren't picked up and had a free route to Matt. Joe Hawley and Matt need to do better in picking these guys out.

Onto D

- Peria Jerry and Vance Walker struggled defending the run. Neither could get much going rushing the QB, with Jerry doing the better of the two in that aspect.

- Abraham had a brilliant day. He was excellent rushing the passer and on top of that, was also very good against the run too. Graded #1 in pass rushing, #2 in run defence on our D.

- Edwards was anonymous. Got nothing going against the pass or run. 1 tackle and 1 pressure. Not a good debut.

- Aside from our DTs, Biermann rushed the passer the most. Pass rush specialist?

- Biermann got mauled against the run.

- Carlton Powell played 15 snaps for us. Didn't do much - zero tackles, zero disruptions.

- Nicholas was our second best player after Abraham and our best LB. Joint highest grade in run D, with Lofton. Only had two tackles but must have done very well re-directing and destroying blockers. Think Bart Scott. Second best pass rusher too, even though he hardly rushed the passer (more about this later).

- Lofton did very well against the run but had a pretty bad day in coverage, giving up 2 receptions on 3 targets for 79 yards and a TD. They reckon Forte was his assignment on that screen play.

- Weatherspoon was the next best run defender. He made 8 stuffs but also missed three tackles in the game, including the TD.

- Lofton and Weatherspoon rushed the passer 15x (8x and 7x respectively) between them and garnered zero disruptions of any kind. Nicholas rushed 5x and got two disruptions (hit and pressure). Send Nicholas blitzing instead!

- Nicholas was the LB taken off on passing downs with Weatherspoon and Lofton the main guys. Last year, Nicholas had the highest coverage grade of 4-3 outside linebackers in the league. Rethink this, BVG. Mike Peterson played one snap today.

- Dunta Robinson and Chris Owens got abused today. Both had a bad negative grade in coverage. Cutler combined for 7/8 for 149 yards against them. Robinson gave up 119 yards in 5/6 passes. Owens gave up 30 yards in 2/2 passes.

- Grimes had a decent game. 5/9 for 41 yards but he also showed his playmaking ability, deflecting 3 passes. QB Rating of 67.4.

- They pegged DeCoud for his two missed INT. Apart from that, he gave up 2/2 for 11 yards.

- Moore had a fairly anonymous game. Achieved a positive grade overall (4th best on D, behind the excellent Abraham, Nicholas and Grimes) but as I said, was quite anonymous - not doing anything particularly good or bad. Made 4 tackles, 2 of which were stuffs, and only allowed 1 catch for 6 yards.

- Hayden or Sanders didn't play at all.

- Overall, D got 4 sacks, 2 hits and 4 pressures and 1 batted pass. Bears offense gave up 3 sacks, 1 hit and 3 pressures. They did a good job identifying any extra blitzers.

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Grimes had a better than decent day, PFF counts those WR screens against the corner, which is sometimes right to do and sometimes wrong. Only real flaw with the way PFF covers the corner position.

Grimes should have had 4 PDs, but he didn't get credit on that one where he undercut the route and the WR almost caught it. He should have though, because he tipped the ball.

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Grimes had a better than decent day, PFF counts those WR screens against the corner, which is sometimes right to do and sometimes wrong. Only real flaw with the way PFF covers the corner position.

Grimes should have had 4 PDs, but he didn't get credit on that one where he undercut the route and the WR almost caught it. He should have though, because he tipped the ball.

For CBs to be considered good they have to make plays against the pass AND the run game. Grimes and Robinson could not seal the edge and Forte and Co. routinely made them miss tackles. It was a bad outing in the the run game department for the CBs

Willy Mo tackled Grimes on the play where Forte scored on the screen pass and the Weatherspoon bump was the most disgusting thing I have seen in a while, I will assume he thought Forte was closer to the sideline. WOW.

BVG wasnt bad we had arguably our worst tackling day since the start of the Mike Smith Era.

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I disagree on Edwards. He stuffed the run, collapsed the pocket on Abe's 1st sack.

DeCoud was atrocious, Forte was his man on the screen.

Robinson even worse (missed 2 huge tackles, which was supposed to be one of his strengths, including the one on Hester)

Why do we continue to wonder why teams convert 3rd & longs when the team plays such soft coverage on the back end in those situations. It's time to either let these guys play man coverage or get new players.

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I'll go ahead and disagree with what they had to say about Sam Baker... I saw him get absolutely DESTROYED by Julius Peppers at least five different times.

Its Julius Peppers. He is no slouch and when actually trying probably the best DE in the league. I kept wishing yesterday we had signed him Abe/Peppers scary.

I think maybe us fans didnt put much stock into this game but the Bears were 2nd behind us last year. They are a good team with a really great D.

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For CBs to be considered good they have to make plays against the pass AND the run game. Grimes and Robinson could not seal the edge and Forte and Co. routinely made them miss tackles. It was a bad outing in the the run game department for the CBs

Willy Mo tackled Grimes on the play where Forte scored on the screen pass and the Weatherspoon bump was the most disgusting thing I have seen in a while, I will assume he thought Forte was closer to the sideline. WOW.

BVG wasnt bad we had arguably our worst tackling day since the start of the Mike Smith Era.

Grimes and Robinson were fine in sealing the edge. You're just thinking of the one time that Robinson failed to do so. Otherwise, both were consistent in that area against the run.

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Some key notes that I see before they review the game:

- They appear to be blaming the receivers rather than Ryan for the passing game's incompetence. Didn't help when his receivers had dropped 5 passes altogether.

The vast majority on passing plays going nowhere...MR/MM combined for mediocre Sunday. WR did not have a chance to have a solid day.

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BVG wasnt bad we had arguably our worst tackling day since the start of the Mike Smith Era.

I have a hard time putting a lot of blame on BVG for the game as well. The "D' was in position to make a lot more plays but squandered them. The missed tackling can improve and we invested in a back up plan if we have serious secondary issues going forward. The D line provided some encouragement and hope.

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Grimes had a better than decent day, PFF counts those WR screens against the corner, which is sometimes right to do and sometimes wrong. Only real flaw with the way PFF covers the corner position.

Grimes should have had 4 PDs, but he didn't get credit on that one where he undercut the route and the WR almost caught it. He should have though, because he tipped the ball.

Don't forget Sidbury. I think he had a decent game as well.

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Football is a funny game. We eliminate our stupid turnovers, DeCoud intercepts Cutler twice like he should've and we'd have blown out the Bears. Unfortunately though, that's part of football and shouldn't be an excuse. Got to execute better.

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Biermann had a sack and an interception returned for a TD. That was in limited action coming off the bench. And the only key thing you remember is him getting mauled on a running play? He had one of the best games of anyone on our defense.

Biermann rushed the passer the most except for Jerry and Walker and in his 23 rushes, he only got one sack which is poor (no other pressure or hits). I guess he did a good job being at the right place at the right time for Abraham's tipped pass though, and running it back for a TD.

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