Tales from the Tape: Run Game

In the first of our five-part series, we use All 22 film to break down Chicago's 10th-ranked rushing attack. Our first play is an off-tackle run that features a great kick-out block by Roberto Garza.

The Chicago Bears rushed for 214 yards as a team against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5. The club's offensive line has been inconsistent this year but they are steadily showing improvement as run blockers. The offense currently ranks 10th in the NFL with 123.6 rushing yards per contest.

In the first of our five-part series analyzing Chicago's rushing attack, we use All 22 coaches film to break down a 10-yard off-tackle run by RB Matt Forte – a play that features a great kick-out block by C Roberto Garza.

Before the snap

Third down and five. This is a counter run with Forte running off-tackle to the offense's right. LG Chilo Rachal (blue) will block the weak-side linebacker, RT Gabe Carimi (white) will try to seal the edge, and Garza (red) will pull in front of the play and lead the hole.

At the snap

Rachal gets to the second level and is able to get his body between Forte and the linebacker. Carimi crashes into the outside linebacker and seals the edge. Garza lead blocks and attacks the middle linebacker. At the point of attack, RG Lance Louis (black) does a great of job standing up the defensive tackle.

Notice where both the play-side linebackers are now, compared to where they were when they first made contact. Both Carimi and Garza have blown up their defenders, driving them yards away from the hole. On the backside, Louis sustains his block and continues driving his man down the field. There is a huge lane for Forte, allowing him to pick up 10 yards and a first down.


Garza has struggled this year as an in-line power blocker. In one-on-one situations with nose tackles, he's been driven off the ball more often than not. Yet he's always possessed great agility, which is the key to this run. His ability to quickly pull and lead, and then explode into the linebacker, creates the running lane. With seal blocks by both Louis and Carimi, Forte is able to burst through the hole untouched.

View the rest of the series

Run Game I
Run Game II
Run Game III
Run Game IV
Run Game V

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