Through two weeks, the folks over at Pro Football Focus have had high regards for the Chicago Bears tackles
We are now into Week Two of the NFL season, and we are still seeing some love from Pro Football Focus when it comes to the Chicago Bears tackle group. After a strong showing Week One, the duo came right back the following week and held their own against the Seattle Seahawks.
Through two weeks of play, they have Charles Leno graded as the number two overall tackle in the NFL. Leno and Andrew Whitworth are the only two tackles to hold a grade over 80 by their standards. They also have him about as equally impressive as a run blocker as they do as a pass blocker. Nice even distribution of play.
As for Bobby Massie, he comes in at number 11 overall. He has graded out well above average as a pass blocker, but has been a poor run blocker, which is why he is not with Leno in the elite tier.
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Massie allowed a sack on Monday night, but the announcers noted that play looked like Frank Clark knew that snap count. Assuming the elite pass blocking grade, it is hard to think they put much blame to Massie on that one.
Which brings us to the overall point to take the grades with a grain of salt. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder and those grades should just be used as a piece of the evaluation.
However, it is fair that both have been better than expectations. Leno allowed a sack in Week One, so I would not say he has been top two good, but he has been above average. I do not personally agree that Massie has been quite as good as a pass protector, either, but would also say that he has done better than I would have hoped so far as well.
This could be a really positive sign moving forward if this potential position of weakness turns into a bit more of a strength.
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