Upon Further Review: Bears Catch Break on Long Forte TD Run

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We’re tinkering with some new features here on Bear Goggles On.  It’s the preseason for us too, after all.  So the latest new feature I’d like to try out is to review a key play each week and take a closer look at the X’s and O’s of the play.  I’m thinking we want to call the feature “Upon Further Review” or “Film Session.”  What do you think?

Forte shows old form in his 89-yard TD run (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

One of the few highlights from Saturday’s preseason loss was Matt Forte’s long touchdown run against the Raiders.   First, take a look at the video from NFL.com here.   Trust me, it will work much better if you watch the video.  Then follow me after the jump.

Great run, right.  But this play is about a lot more than Matt Forte.  Let’s take a closer look at the design of the play and how genius Mike Martz sets this up:

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  • doug

    Nice breakdown, but if you watch the play closely, the hold happened after Forte was by him. Wimbley wouldn’t have made the tackle.

    • Boomer

      Go back and look at Page 5 of the breakdown where I show the running lane. Olsen already has a handful of jersey and Forte has yet to bust through the hole. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy we caught a break with how the preseason has gone.

  • Drew

    Notice the over pursuit by the rookie middle linebacker as well. I give a little credit to that inexperience. I guess it’s a good learning tool for the oakland coaches and their rook linebacker.

  • Sam Solarz

    I do love the fact that Louis ran all the way down the field also, and Knox came out of nowhere.

  • Kyle McQuisten

    Olsen did have a handful of Wembley’s jersey, it’s true. However, if you look at the video, Greg was moving straight ahead, pushing Wembly back. Near the end of the block, when Wembley spun Olsen away and disengaged, Greg let him go and didn’t pull him to the ground or impede his progress. That’s why it didn’t get called.