Interactive graphic: Pro Football Focus rates Josh McCown, Bears receiving corps

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 12/11/2013, 11:03am

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Pro Football Focus, which nearly a third of the NFL subscribes to, has a complex grading process, looking at every player on every offensive, defensive and special-teams play. Plus or minus grades are given and are based around an average of 0, with each position graded slightly differently. If a player does something you normally would expect, then a score of 0 is given. Grades are given for plays that are reasonably considered to be better or worse than the average or expected play. For the final grade, player participation is factored in, using a normalization factor to set the average player in that facet of the game to 0.


It was a frigid night in Chicago, but Bears quarterback Josh McCown was on fire against the Dallas Cowboys. McCown ran for a touchdown and completed 27 of 36 passes for 348 yards, a career-best four touchdown passes and a 141.9 passer rating.

McCown recorded a 3.6 overall rating in PFF’s reviews, tying his second best mark of the season. With debate in full swing about who should start for the Bears, here’s a look at how McCown has graded out in PFF’s ratings this season.


How good is the Bears’ receiving tandem of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery? Right now, the Bears are the only team with two receivers in the top 10 when it comes to PFF’s wide receiver ratings.

Compiled with Adam Jahns