The Chicago Bears addressed their need for an offensive tackle this week by signing former Cardinals blocker Bobby Massie in free agency.
A three-year starter in Arizona, Massie is expected to start at right tackle for the Bears, but what does he bring to the table?
To find out, I broke down film from Massie last season.
Our first snap is an off-tackle run to the right side. Massie is blocking 49ers DE Glenn Dorsey. Notice that Dorsey gets leverage right away, getting his hands into Massie's chest and under his pads. Massie is already off balance.
Dorsey has now driven Massie backward three yards, which forces RB Chris Johnson to cut back inside.
Dorsey easily disengages and helps tackle Johnson in the backfield.
Analysis: This contest is from Week 3 last season, Massie's first game back after a two-game suspension. He looked rusty in this contest, which we see here. He stands up out of his stance and is far too upright when contact is made. This allows Dorsey to drive him into the backfield and make the tackle.
Here we have Massie blocking OLB Aaron Lynch one-one-one.
Massie is late in his kick step and gets off the line far too slow, which allows Lynch turn the corner.
Here we see Lynch closing in on QB Carson Palmer, with Massie trailing.
Analysis: This is a straight speed rush around the edge by Lynch. Massie is slow to the corner and cannot get in front of the defender, who ends up with a free run at the quarterback.
Here we see Massie working one-one-on in pass protection. Notice the body positioning. His hips are not sunk and his feet are too close to each other. Once again, the defender has leverage at first contact.
The defender crosses over Massie, who reacts far too slowly and does not move his feet.
Massie tries to ride the defender through the pocket but he can never regain positioning.
Palmer gets hit as he throws the ball and the pass flutters to the ground. Notice Massie on his hands and knees.
Analysis: Massie's biggest issues on film are a lack of balance and anticipation. On this play, we see deficiencies in both. When he makes contact with the defender, he's not positioned to react to a counter move. He's too stiff and tall, which allows the defender to easily cross his face.
This snap comes a few players after the previous play. Massie is in a much better position to counter the inside move, with his legs spread and his eyes up.
While he was positioned well, Massie doesn't anticipate the counter move and his feet are stuck in quicksand as the defender crosses his face.
Massie again fails to recover and the defender forces Palmer out of the pocket.
Analysis: Here again we see a slow reaction from Massie. He's set up pre-contact with a solid foundation but he does not anticipate the counter move, despite the fact he was burnt by it a few plays earlier. As a result, the defender collapses the pocket and disrupts the pass play.
This will be a stretch play right. Massie will be tasked with a reach block on Seattle's defensive end.
Here is the contact point. At this moment, Massie has his man locked up. If he maintains this block, Johnson will be able to turn the corner.
Here we see the defender begin to separate from contact. Massie stops moving his feet and fails to work down the line of scrimmage.
Massie watches as his defender tackles Johnson in the backfield.
Analysis: Here again we see a lack of movement kill a Massie block attempt. He executes a good initial block but can't sustain it, allowing the defender to easily separate.
This snap is from the NFC Divisional Round. Massie will square off against Packers OLB Mike Neal in a one-on-one block.
Massie does a good job of moving his feet and he beats Neal to the corner.
Massie lets fly a strong hand punch, which stops Neal in his tracks.
Massie mirrors the defender and maintains separation with good arm extension. Palmer has a clean pocket as he releases the pass.
Analysis: During this film work it became obvious that Massie improved dramatically toward the end of last season. In the playoffs, he was lights out. This play is a good example. He's out of his stance immediately and uses quick feet, which is his strength, to beat Neal to the corner. He shows good balance and a wicked hand punch, which doesn't allow Neal to get anywhere near the quarterback.
On this snap, Neal is going to attempt a counter move. Notice Massie is already a yard deep in his kick step, while his hips are sunk, stabilizing his lower half.
Neal cuts inside and Massie immediately slides with him to shut down the counter move.
Look at that pocket. Massie absolutely stonewalls Neal and never allows him to get near Palmer.
Analysis: Remember those counter plays earlier in this piece? Massie obviously worked on his craft, particularly his balance and anticipation. When Neal cuts inside, Massie beats him to his spot and locks him down.
This is the NFC Championship game. Massie will square off against Panthers DE Charles Johnson.
Look at Massie's body positioning right here. He's using his arms to keep the defender at bay and his butt is nearly touching the ground. This is textbook.
Massie extends his arms and uses outstanding balance to keep Johnson five yards away from the quarterback.
Analysis: Massie is an inconsistent blocker but he has a number of positive traits. He has quick feet, a powerful hand punch and good movement ability. The talent is there for Massie and he can be very effective, both in the pass and run game, as long as he focuses on his technique. When he's on his game, as he was in the playoffs last year, he's a far-above-average right tackle, which is just what the Bears envisioned when they signed him.null