Tales from the Tape: Run Game IV

In the fourth of our five-part series, we use All 22 coaches film to break down Chicago's 10th-ranked rushing attack. Our fourth play features LT J'Marcus Webb taking out three defenders.

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 fourth of our five-part series analyzing Chicago's rushing attack, we use All 22 coaches film to break down a counter run that features LT J'Marcus Webb clearing out three defenders.

Before the snap

Webb lines up on the left edge and will first double-team the defensive tackle before moving out to block the outside linebacker. He'll then shift back inside to pick up the middle linebacker.

At the snap

Webb and LG Chilo Rachal double-team the defensive tackle. Webb pushes the defender inside, so that Rachal can seal him away from the hole. Once he feels that Rachal has control, he releases from the defender.

Webb then bounces outside and crashes into the outside linebacker. Behind him, TE Matt Spaeth races to the point of attack.

Spaeth doubles the outside linebacker. When Webb feels Spaeth get to the defender, he separates and reaches inside to cut off the middle linebacker in backside pursuit. This allows RB Matt Forte to get around the edge and pick up five yards.


Pro Football Focus ranks RT Gabe Carimi's performance as a run blocker through the club's first five games as the second best amongst offensive tackles in the NFL. PFF ranks Webb the 13th-best run blocker. The combined run-blocking grade of Chicago's offensive tackles is better than any other edge duo in the entire league.

These two have had their fair share of struggles in pass protection but as run blockers, they have been dominant. On this play, Webb alone is able to clear out three defenders at the point of attack. He shows great agility, awareness and big-picture understanding of the overall blocking scheme, bouncing between two double-teams.

It's a very impressive play by a third-year tackle, a former seventh-round draft pick, who appears to be getting better by the game.

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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