Chicago Bears lose to Buccaneers: Offensive grades

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Mike Glennon
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Mike Glennon /
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Offensive Line: D

On one hand, you can’t simply ignore the role that injuries played in the struggles of the Chicago Bears offensive line today.

To be sure, no plan the Bears devised involved Hroniss Grasu playing center and Cody Whitehair playing right guard at any point. From that standpoint, a little bit of a tough time is to be expected.

Plus, Glennon’s ineffectiveness hamstrings them, too. The Bears are consistently facing loaded boxes with teams daring Glennon to beat them downfield, and it will only continue after today.

Also, their quarterback’s inability to escape pressure gives them a slightly worse rap than they deserve.

But come on. 20 rushing yards? That’s just gross.

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Regardless of the difficulty in running against teams with Glennon under center, you should be able to do better for Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen than that. They’re far too talented to only have that many rushing yards between them. Even Cohen can’t create something out of nothing every play.

After showing positive signs in the season opener, both Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie struggled a bit more today as well. Massie allowed Noah Spence to get around him on the edge to sack and strip Glennon, who arguably could’ve moved in the pocket more. That said, their generally serviceable pass protection would work with an adequate quarterback.

I wonder where the Chicago Bears will find one of those…