Bears on Offense: Forte's Big Gainer
At the snap, Orton turns and hands the ball to Forte running off tackle right. The offensive line employs a zone-blocking scheme. LT John St. Clair and LG Josh Beekman initially double-team DT John Henderson. Once St. Clair has Henderson in his grasp, Beekman peels off to pick up a linebacker. On the other side, RG Roberto Garza blocks down on DT Rob Meier and seals him to the inside. At the same time, C Olin Kreutz pulls behind Garza and leads into the off tackle hole. RT John Tait drives DE Reggie Hayward to the outside right, and Clark does the same to Ingram. As Forte approaches the line, Smith comes up to fill the hole but gets too far outside and allows Kreutz to get a piece of him. At that moment, Forte makes a quick cut behind Davis and Kreutz back up the middle. Durant is waiting for the running back, but Beekman comes from the backside and drives him out of the play. This opens up a wide hole through which Forte can run. He breaks into the second level and cuts left before being brought down from behind by CB Reggie Nelson. The play goes for a 26-yard gain.
Luckily for the Bears, the offensive line has stayed healthy all year. Through 13 games, this aging unit has had a chance to jell enough to the point where they can run a zone-blocking scheme like this one. Each man hits his track, finds a defender and locks onto him, which is textbook zone blocking. The second necessary ingredient for a successful zone run is for the back to make one cut and go. Forte is able to find the hole on the back side, and he makes a great cut allowing him to get to the second level. This type of vision should not be taken for granted because being able to see the whole field and make the right move at the line of scrimmage is crucial to the success of any runner, not to mention a rookie.
Bears on Defense: Double Sack on Garrard
At the snap, Garrard steps back to pass. Briggs and Urlacher drop into coverage. All four receivers and Jones-Drew release into the secondary, leaving only the five linemen to block the four Bears rushers. On the right side of the line, LDE Adewale Ogunleye and DT Israel Idonije run a crossing stunt. Idonije locks on to RG Dennis Norman as Ogunleye crashes inside, bringing RT Tutan Reyes with him. Idonije then releases from Norman and swings around the outside of the line untouched. This forces Garrard to step up into the pocket. At the same time, Ogunleye uses a rip move to get leverage on Reyes. As Garrard steps up, Ogunleye hits him dead on while Idonije wraps up his ankles. The play goes for a 7-yard loss.
Before the snap, the linebackers and secondary were moving around incessantly, trying to create confusion. Additionally, Urlacher and Briggs were threatening to blitz, thus adding to the chaos. Then as the ball is snapped, Idonije and Ogunleye run a well-executed stunt. This was just all too much for the Jacksonville offensive line, which is completely outmatched even though it was only a four-man rush. The two D-linemen for the Bears use a combination of brute force and trickery to get a free run at the quarterback, earning each half a sack.
Jeremy Stoltz is the Editor in Chief of Bear Report and also a regular contributor to BearReport.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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