UA-59049186-1 2022 Week 6: Chicago Bears 7, Washington Commanders 12 - Good if it Goes

2022 Week 6: Chicago Bears 7, Washington Commanders 12

At least one thing in this picture looked good. [Photo: USA Today]

Player Grades

The grading scale goes from -3 to +3 for each play. Screens are graded as runs. Penalties are counted in whatever phase they were committed. Pre- and post-snap penalties are in the “Misc.” column. “Short” throws are 10 yards or less, “Medium” is 10-20, “Deep” is over 20. Everything else (scrambles, throwaways, reads, etc.) is under “Miscellaneous.” Parentheses in a column denote grades/snaps from the opposite side of the ball and are not included in grades/snaps from the player’s usual side. Snap counts are from Pro Football Reference. Box score and other relevant info can be found at that link as well.


I am back to scouting QBs. Frankly, I’m running out of patience. I get that it’s only his second year, but any step forward seems to be immediately followed by one back and I’m tired of it. He wasn’t as bad as I thought he was watching the game live, but he definitely wasn’t good. And I get that he has nothing around him, so all I’m asking is for progress on the things he can control and he’s not even doing that. On the goal-to-go interception he doinked off a Commander helmet, he had St. Brown wide open in the flat. The end zone pass to Griffin was the definition of a loaf on Griffin’s part, but it still wasn’t a good ball. On the 3rd-and-short deep shot to Mooney, Dante Pettis was running WIDE OPEN right in front of him on a drag route. They gave you a first down. Take it. Say thank you. Get your guys into space and let them make plays. Take those quick routes. That’s how you slow down the opposing pass rush. He still hasn’t grasped that and there’s no excuse for it. That has nothing to do with the nothing around him. I am tired of the attempts to play hero ball. I am tired of the constant missing of wide open guys – remember that picture that went around Twitter in 2018 when it looked like Trubisky had Trey Burton wide open in the end zone against Green Bay, even though the throw wasn’t actually there? Trubisky took a beating for that on Twitter. Fields misses guys running wide open every week. I understand that Trubisky got four years, and by no means am I suggesting that the Bears were wrong to move on – they weren’t. Trubisky showed a real lack of ability to handle the job. But the reason he got the chances he got is because he actually showed something at one point. Obviously, the 2018 team was better than this one. But actually look at what Mitch had there. The 2nd-leading receiver on the 2018 team was Tarik Cohen. He had only 29 yards fewer than Allan Robinson. Third on the team was Taylor Gabriel. Cohen was a good player who had bad injury luck. Gabriel spent one more year with the Bears and then was out of the league. Trubisky only got sacked 24 times in 14 games in 2018. That was behind a line of Charles Leno, a rookie James Daniels/Eric Kush until Daniels took over, Cody Whitehair, Kyle Long/Bryan Witzmann after Long got hurt, and Bobby Massie. Absolutely better than this year’s line. Great? No. Trubisky was a Pro Bowl alternate. Fields came into the league more polished. Either Nagy was actually a great coach or it’s not unfair to expect Fields to play more than one good game out of 5 (I’m not counting the monsoon game.)

Anyway, there’s nobody expected to go in the first round of this draft I like more than the idea of seeing what Fields can do with legit talent around him. I like Sam Hartman a lot and would love to snag him on day two, but don’t let any NFL GMs hear that, because the last two guys I was in on blew up into a #1 overall pick and a #2 overall pick. Maybe sign a vet as an insurance policy. Hope Fields turns it on like Tua did. If not, well, I like both Williams and McCarthy a lot in the 2024 draft.

We need to trade back in the draft, anyway.

Unless we have the chance to draft Will Anderson, because this pass rush is atrocious. They need at least one defensive tackle – Watts has justified a place on the roster. Blackson, probably, too, as a depth piece. They need to totally revamp the DE position. Awful. The lot of them. Nobody can play the run. Nobody gets pressure. Al-Quadin Muhammad, who I don’t ever need to see in blue and orange again, lead the group in snaps. I have no idea why.

What does this mean going forward?

We’re going up against Bill Belichick Monday. Hard to see that going well.


Jenkins, Roquan, Watts, all secondary persons, Monty, Mooney, Pettis


Patrick, Mustipher, Griffin, all defensive end persons

Four Stars of the Game

4star Teven Jenkins

3star  Jaquan Brisker

2star  Armon Watts

1star  Roquan Smith

The rest of the starting secondary each gets one half point because the loss was not their fault.

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