Tales from the Tape: Run Game II

In the second of our five-part series, we use All 22 coaches film to break down Chicago's 10th-ranked rushing attack. Our second play is a 46-yard touchdown scamper by Armando Allen.

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 second of our five-part series analyzing Chicago's rushing attack, we use All 22 coaches film to break down RB Armando Allen's 46-yard touchdown run, a play that features a pull and kick by RT Gabe Carimi.

Before the snap

Allen is going to get the ball running off-tackle the offense's left. The three interior linemen – LG Lance Louis, C Roberto Garza and RG Chilo Rachal (white) – will all crash down and attempt to seal the right side, Carimi (red) will pull behind the line and lead block, and RT J'Marcus Webb (blue) will try to seal the edge on the play side.

At the snap

Louis, Garza and Rachal all lock onto their respective defenders and cut off the backside pursuit. Carimi quickly gets behind the line and crashes into the play-side linebacker. Webb is able to turn the defensive end and seal him to the outside.

As you can see, Webb and Carimi have the front side shut down, while the other linemen seal the backside. This creates an enormous hole for Allen, who goes untouched through the line, then breaks a tackle and scampers 46 yards for a touchdown.


This was a complete group effort, with all five offensive linemen accomplishing their blocks. Carimi and Webb both take out their defenders at the point of attack, which springs Allen for the big TD. Carimi's knee has affected his ability to pass block but, as he shows on this play, it is not compromising his ability to get down the line and destroy linebackers as a road-grading run blocker.

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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