After breaking down the tape of the Bears' 17-13 victory over the New York Giants in their home opener Sunday, there is no doubt the Bears did improve over their Week 1 victory in Detroit.
There also is very little doubt there still is a quite a bit of work for this team to do to reach its full potential.
Quarterback: Mitch Trubisky is seeing the field better, making better reads, maintaining his poise in the pocket, using his legs more than he did last season, and while his accuracy from the pocket still must get better, it was better Sunday than the week before.
The first interception he threw was a bad choice but dictated by his primary receiver being taken away at the line of scrimmage, and the second pick was on Allen Robinson, not Trubisky. He took another small step forward Sunday. Hub's grade: B
Running backs: David Montgomery played his best game as a Bear and did most of his damage after returning from a horrific-looking landing on his head that appeared season- and career-threatening in real time.
Cordarrelle Patterson got seven carries and two receptions and freezes defenses every time he touches the ball, but Tarik Cohen continues to struggle on straight running plays. Hub's grade: Montgomery gets an A, while the group gets a B+.
Receivers: The wideouts had a bad day, with Anthony Miller in particular struggling and Allen Robinson looking very un-A-Rob like. No, I don’t believe Robinson’s struggles had anything to do with his contract.
Darnell Mooney was a revelation with his first NFL touchdown, and Javon Wims made a couple of nice plays.
Nagy said Monday he loves the tight ends' run blocking.
“When you [go] back and watch that tape ... the way that our tight ends performed in that run game ... those tight ends are getting after it, and they’re enjoying it,” he said.
Which is good, but in two games the tight end group collectively has five catches on 11 targets for only 55 yards, and Jimmy Graham’s one TD. With the number of two- and three-tight end sets the Bears are playing, that isn’t good enough. Hub's grade: C
Offensive Line: These guys did a great job blocking the run against the Giants, particularly Germain Ifedi and James Daniels, but Ifedi got a costly chop block penalty, and the pass protection just isn’t cutting it. Hub's grade: B-
Defensive front seven: The pass rush still needs to get more consistent and productive, but Robert Quinn clearly made a difference. Khalil Mack, while still not as impactful as he can be, made more plays this week.
Roquan Smith was much more active than he was in Detroit, and four sacks and two takeaways was a nice afternoon’s work for the group.
But Bilal Nichols and Roy Robertson-Harris have to make more plays, and Danny Trevathan spent as much time on the sidelines as he did on the field and had one tackle.
The Trevathan mystery must be solved because the depth behind him is unimpressive. Hub's grade: B
Secondary: Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson are All-Pros every week. Deon Bush came up with a big pick. Tashaun Gipson showed up more than the week before in Detroit, and Jaylon Johnson played well with three solo stops and two pass broken up.
Holding the Giants to 5 yards per pass play, 3 for 13 on third down and only 13 points was a really nice day’s work, but the late, long drives have to stop. Hub's grade: B+
Special teams: The Cairo Santos missed field goal was the only blemish on the day for this group, but he never should have been asked to try that kick. That said, he still needs to hit it.
Pat O’Donnell had a nice day with a 41-yard net average on three punts and two downed inside the 20, and Chris Tabor's troops are starting to look like a “special” group. Hub's grade: B
Coaching: I don’t grade play calling. There are too many variables and unknowns for me to be qualified to judge Nagy.
But one of the main reasons the Bears came back against the Lions in Week 1 was Matt Patricia sending Matt Prater out to try a 55-yard field goal with three minutes left that he missed, giving the Bears a short field from the 45. Seeing Nagy make the same mistake this week with Santos was frustrating. Hub's grade: B-