Durkin’s Playbook: Cutler To Marshall Game-Winner

CBS Chicago

By Dan Durkin-

(CBS) If I were to ask you which Bears player the Bengals chose to double team in the redzone nursing a four-point lead with 8:06 remaining in the game, you’d most likely scoff at such an easy question, and reply: “Brandon Marshall, obviously.”

You’d be wrong.  Surprisingly enough, the Bengals chose to double team tight end Martellus Bennett instead.

Let’s go to the tape to look at the Bears game-winning 19-yard strike from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall.

The Bears come out in “21” personnel (2 running backs, 1 tight end) with Marshall lined up as the ‘Z’ receiver in the slot. The Bengals counter with their base 4-3 personnel.

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The Bears ran a “smash” route, which is a two-man route combination. The outside receiver runs a 6-yard smash route (dig or hitch), and the inside receiver runs a corner route.

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Typically this concept is most effective…

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