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Durkin’s Playbook

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Simplicity In Seattle Lets D Flourish

The simplicity of the Seahawks’ defense lets talent dominate, but here’s how to beat it.

CBS Chicago–08/21/2014

Bears linebacker Shea McClellin. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Player Spotlight: Shea McClellin

Game tape doesn’t lie, and it shows where McClellin struggled against the Eagles.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2014

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Durkin’s Playbook: Breaking Down The Bears’ ‘Smash’ Route

The Bears are good in the red zone in part because of this go-to concept.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2014

Matt Forte. (David Banks/ Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Breaking Down Bears’ High/Low Concept

The high/low attack can stretch the defense vertically and horizontally if executed correctly.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2014

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Breaking Down The Bears’ ‘Switched Verticals’

An important concept worked wonders for the Bears’ offense last season.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Durkin: The Maturation Of Brandon Marshall

Dan Durkin breaks down Marshall’s blocking, release from the line and some tricks of the trade.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2014

Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.  (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Durkin: Breaking Down Where Mel Tucker’s Blitz Schemes Have Gone Wrong

The Bears will soon discover if the poor pass rush outputs of Mel Tucker’s defenses are a result or minimal talent or poor scheme.

CBS Chicago–04/10/2014

Jared Allen. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Jared Allen Film Review

Allen’s physical tools aren’t what they once were, but his instincts still are top-notch.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2014

Defensive end Lamarr Houston. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Free Agent Spotlight: DE Lamarr Houston Film Breakdown

Houston has the versatility and read-and-react skills the Bears coveted.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2014

Bears defense. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Football 101 On ‘Multiple’ Looks Of Defenses

Our expert breaks down what the buzzwords the Bears are using actually mean.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2014

Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: The Eagles’ Wheel Routes

Once the Eagles shift into high gear and run their up-tempo, no huddle offense, they put a defense on its heels, both from a fatigue and assignment standpoint.

670 The Score–12/19/2013

Chris Owens sacks Joe Flacco.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Browns’ Blitz Packages

Let’s go to the film room to look at a few of the Browns pressure packages.

670 The Score–12/12/2013

Dallas Cowboys v San Diego Chargers

Durkin’s Playbook: Dez Bryant’s Scouting Report

It takes more than speed and strength to play wide receiver in the NFL.

670 The Score–12/05/2013

Zac Stacy.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Rams Power Running Attack

Nine weeks ago, Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy was a healthy scratch.

670 The Score–11/21/2013

Torrey Smith. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Containing Torrey Smith

Collectively, the Baltimore Ravens offense has struggled to move the ball and score points. However, one bright spot has been wide receiver Torrey Smith.

670 The Score–11/14/2013

Matt Forte. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Inside The Bears’ Game-Changing 4th-And-1

If the Bears find themselves still playing football next January, their conversion on a 4th-and-inches at their own 33-yard line against the Packers may have been the on-ramp in their road to the playoffs.

670 The Score–11/06/2013

Eddie Lacy.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Explaining The Packers Revamped Running Game

When you have the best available quarterback in a passing league, running the ball seems unnecessary.

670 The Score–10/31/2013

Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Defending The Redskins Play-Action Passing Game

Like the mesh point on a zone-read play, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has merged two styles of football – Bill Walsh’s West Coast offense, and Alex Gibbs’ zone-blocked running scheme – into nearly two decades of offensive success.

670 The Score–10/17/2013

Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Defending Cruz & Nicks On Switched Releases

Despite their 0-5 record, the New York Giants still have the pieces to form a potent passing attack.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2013

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.  (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Saints Passing Attack – Deception and Execution

Let’s go to the film room to look at how the Saints stay one step ahead of their opponents.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2013

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