Durkin’s Playbook

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

Reggie Bush scores a 77-yard touchdown against the Vikings on a screen up the middle. (Credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Defending Reggie Bush On The Screen

Reggie Bush is healthy and will be a key weapon the Bears have to stop.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2013

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau talks with Larry Foote. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Steelers Zone Blitz

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau won’t take full credit for being the first coach to run the zone blitz scheme, as its roots trace back to Bill Arnsparger’s early 70’s Dolphins. But, undoubtedly, LeBeau was the first to perfect and commit to it as a defensive philosophy.

670 The Score–09/19/2013

Brandon Marshall. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Cutler To Marshall Game-Winner

Surprisingly enough, the Bengals chose to double team tight end Martellus Bennett.

670 The Score–09/11/2013

Adrian Peterson. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Football 101: Zone & Man Blocking Schemes

Today’s playbook topic focuses on zone and man blocking schemes, two different approaches to achieve a common goal of sealing off defenders to create running lanes.

670 The Score–08/29/2013

A view of the Bears offensive line and the Vikings defensive line. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Football 101: Gaps, Techniques & Alignments

During an NFL broadcast you’re assured of hearing commentators reflexively dropping phrases like “gap integrity,” “run fits,” “alignments,” and “fronts,” assuming their audience is following along.

08/26/2013

Shea McClellin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Player Spotlight – Shea McClellin

There was a collective groan among Bears fans when Roger Goodell announced the selection of Shea McClellin with the 19th pick in the 2012 draft. The position wasn’t being scrutinized, the player was.

CBS Chicago–07/01/2013

Martellus Bennett pulls in a pass for a touchdown. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Bennett Gives Bears Multi-Threat Tight End

Mere minutes into the 2013 league year, Phil Emery wasted no time addressing a profound need on the Bears roster, signing tight end Martellus Bennett to a four-year deal worth a reported $20 million.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2013

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