Durkin’s Playbook

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6). (Getty Images)

Durkin: Viewing The NFL Through A Different Lens

Durkin breaks down the pre-snap chess match that takes place.

CBS Chicago–08/13/2015

Adam Gase, right. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Breaking Down A Favorite Adam Gase Red Zone Scheme

Dan Durkin takes a look at a red zone concept the Bears will use under offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

CBS Chicago–06/11/2015

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Vic Fangio’s Approach To Containing Aaron Rodgers

Durkin takes a look at one of the factors that’s led to Fangio’s success against the league’s MVP.

CBS Chicago–06/04/2015

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, center, is tackled by 49ers linebackers  Patrick Willis (52) and NaVorro Bowman (53) in a 2013 game. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Inside Look At The ‘Mike’ & ‘Jack’ Linebackers

Dan Durkin breaks down what will be expected of the Bears’ inside linebackers under coordinator Vic Fangio.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2015

New Bears receiver Kevin White holds up his jersey after being taken at No. 7 overall by Chicago in the first round of the draft. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Bears’ Kevin White Just The Fit For Adam Gase’s Schemes

White will have big-play potential in Gase’s rub and mesh route concepts.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2015

Pernell McPhee, right. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Free Agent Spotlight: OLB Pernell McPhee

It’s an All-22 look at the Bears’ newest pass rusher, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee.

CBS Chicago–03/10/2015

Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Breaking Down Adam Gase’s Offensive Schemes

Gase’s ability to add wrinkles after self-scouting is one of his biggest strengths.

CBS Chicago–01/26/2015

Vic Fangio. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Breaking Down Vic Fangio’s Defensive Scheme

Fangio’s 3-4 base is predicated on physical and instinctive play up front.

CBS Chicago–01/22/2015

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Durkin’s Playbook: Bears’ Dagger Route Faces Tampa-2

It’s an all-22 look at how the Bears have attacked the Tampa-2 this year.

CBS Chicago–11/20/2014

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.

Durkin’s Playbook: Vikings’ Mug Pressure Package

Through nine games, Minnesota has the third-most sacks in the league.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2014

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Durkin’s Playbook: Jordy Nelson Deserves All The Attention

Jordy Nelson is a coverage-dictating receiver for the Packers who takes two defenders to slow.

CBS Chicago–11/06/2014

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Gronkowski Nearing Full Strength

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s recent play shows he’s once again a coverage mismatch.

CBS Chicago–10/23/2014

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Durkin’s Playbook: Bears’ Trips Bunch Verticals

We take an All-22 look at the Bears’ trips bunch verticals scheme.

CBS Chicago–10/16/2014

Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Beating The Falcons’ Blitz

It’s a double-edged sword when Atlanta blitzes, and the Falcons have been burned often.

CBS Chicago–10/09/2014

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Jeffery’s Ingenuitive TD

We take a under-the-hood look at the play design on Alshon Jeffery’s touchdown against the Packers.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2014

Kyle Fuller runs back an interception against the San Francisco 49ers in 2014. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Kyle Fuller’s Savvy Interception

Fuller’s second interception last Sunday demonstrated his smarts and athleticism.

CBS Chicago–09/18/2014

49ers running back Frank Gore. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook — 49ers’ Power Running Scheme

Against a complex running scheme with a mobile quarterback, each Bear must do his job.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2014

Bills running back C.J. Spiller. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Containing C.J. Spiller

Keeping outside contain and forcing Spiller inside will be vital for the Bears.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

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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