Breaking Down: Major Wright's Game-Winning Interception

Breaking Down: Major Wright's Game-Winning Interception

I don't do a lot of film analysis on this site because, quite frankly, you can get that stuff from better sources. But watching the All-22 tape of the Bears v. Rams, I couldn't get enough of Major Wright's interception. I literally couldn't stop watching it because it was a brilliant, complete defensive effort. First, watch it again:

Ain't it a thing of beauty? Here's what I love.

  • 0:06 How fast does Stephen Paea erupt in the middle of the defensive line? By the time Sam Bradford takes a step back, Paea is almost thru both the center AND right guard. If Paea continues to play like this there is no limit to how good the Bears defense can be.
  • 0:08 The backside of the play is brilliantly covered. Neither Rams receiver has an inch of separation on Peanut or DJ Moore. Bradford looks over there for an instant - most likely to draw defensive attention away from his intentions - but there's nothing to see.
  • 0:09 I don't know if Bradford's vision was impaired but Corey Wootton does an excellent job driving Wayne Hunter into the quarterback's line of sight. The window for him to throw the ball is tiny because of Wootton's jump on the outside.
  • 0:10 Tim Jennings. There is no chance for Danny Amendola to catch this ball because Jennings not only shoves him off his route but he also muscles around him to reach the ball first. I can't remember the last time I've fallen in love with a player as unexpectedly as I've fallen in love with Jennings at corner.
  • 0:10 Lance Briggs delivers a vicious, LEGAL hit to Amendola that deserves attention. Watch the hit. Amendola flies two yards in the air. If Danny had caught the pass, he wasn't catching another one Sunday.
  • 0:12 Look at where Stephen Paea is! He has come back to the second level after the pass was thrown and begins sprinting to make potential blocks for Major Wright. Re-watch the entire play and never take your eyes off #92. You'll enjoy it.
  • 0:21 Major Wright does a silly dance

It was the game-winning play and it was a complete defensive effort with contributions from each level

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  • When you're Wrightm you're right, Blogfather.

    His being able to stay on the field for more than 2 games is a "major" factor, but no more so than being able to get MAJOR pressure from the front 4.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    MAJOR Props for being EN FUEGO, Al!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Speaking of "en fuego"... Was Major's dance finished off by an ode to NBA Jam?

    I don't know what the first "play imaginary hacky sack with your hands" thing was, but I swear I saw some boomshakalaka in there.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I thought Wright was renacting how he polishes his bowling BALLS. Or, maybe he was reneacting this

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    In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm making over $7k a month working part time just using the Google. I feel so much freedom now that I'm my own boss who can choose his working hours. You can make above $2000/day too, working for this billion dollar company. This is what I do

  • Timmy showed flashes of greatness last year, but he's appeared to put it all together this year. As long as he and Peanut are healthy, I like what we have on the outside. If Wright can stay on the field as Al said, and Conte can improve his first step to the ball(he's always about a step late getting over for help, and we've been lucky so far), than we're sound on D. I'd really like to see us go after Manti T'eo in the draft as Urlacher's replacement. It's time, as much as I hate it, that we go and get the next #54 and #55. They've been in the league 13 and 10 years respectively. T'eo is the kind of LB that works not only in Lovie's system, but also in Chicago regardless.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:


    "If ...Wright can stay on the field as Al said, and Conte can improve his first step to the ball(he's always about a step late getting over for help, and we've been lucky so far"...

    The coaches are so afraid of being burned deep that they have Conte almost 28 yards off the ball. that is why is he ALWAYS 1 to 3 steps late for everything. It's bad coaching.

  • Can't watch the film at the moment, but I will do so later.

    The Bears d-line can potentially be *really* good. Last year most of us probably would not have considered Toe the weakest link, but he may be now. And Toe is a serviceable NFL starter. This bodes very well moving forward.

    Obviously, the blossoming of Jennings across from Peanut is way cool, and with the line getting pressure much of the hand-wringing over the safeties seems to have ceased. I like Conte's game. Wright, despite the play featured in this post, still worries me a little. If he learns to tackle properly, it would please me no end. And we still have DJ ball-hawking out there at times.

    Briggs will be Briggs, and Roach is good enough. We all know there are depth concerns, but Geno Hayes seems to be a solid acquisition.

    But the difference between "really good" and "ass-stomping machine" is whether the man in the middle can get back to the freakish level of play that has spoiled us for a decade or more. If so, watch out NFL!

  • Our Defense is good...against the Lambs they looked like Monsters.

    The lambs are not the cowboys. Their Oline is leaps and bounds better then St. Louis and let's face it everyone know the Bears center zone is weak. Urlacher is not 100% yet and he may never get to his past level again.We play zone 90% of the time, a good offense will exploit this and Romo can do it. I would love to see the Bears put that sour face on Jerry makes me laugh every time.

    My biggest fear is our Oline in general vs. Ware. If lesbian thor can make us look like shit I shutter to imagine what Ware can do to us. We had better double this guy from the first snap or we're going to be in big trouble.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Their Oline is leaps and bounds better then St. Louis and let's face it everyone know the Bears center zone is weak.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    so, uhhhhhh... what are you trying to tell him GP?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I won't read any of those, but I saw some bad offensive line in the preseason and game 1 vs. NYG.

    Bad meaning bad not bad meaning good.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Haters gonna hate...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I did not say the Dallas Line was "good". I said it was BETTER than the Rams line which I still believe is the truth.

    This Dallas game just maybe a Defensive War. At scoring points and getting turnovers I think the Bears do have an advantage.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    To Clarify the "scoring points" by Defense.

  • MB -

    I see your delicious cherry pie and raise you some fresh honey.

    (I'll say this about the Cowboys: they will bring the heat, at least on the sidelines. Nobody is going to smoke them in that cook off.)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hmmmmmm.... ok, so I watched an episode of 'making the dallas cheerleaders' of whatever the reality show is called.

    Holy shit... talk about a tryout that I would like to be involved in. Litterally a hundred hot chicks just hanging around.

    I still like some of this sweet nectar:

    God I love boobies.

  • If you look around the league, it's actually comical. There are maybe 5 good offensive lines.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    The NY Giants have strong lines on both sides of the ball, making some mundane talents elsewhere look like superstars.

    Such is football.

    The thing many forget about the mid-80s Bears is how good their offensive line was. Too bad they waited until Walter had 3000 touches on him before taking care of business (1984 when Covert, Thayer, and Bortz were drafted)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I know. Can you imagine Sweetness with a line like that in his prime?

  • He'd have been like Emmitt Smith's early seasons, only better.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Very true. If the Cards are undefeated with their crap oline, that should give us hope.

    Maybe you should discuss the trend in bad offensive lines on your next radio appearance, Jeff.

    I've heard a few theories, but none really that convince me.

    Maybe it's simple math. Not enough athletic 6'7 320 pounds with 36' arms in the genetic gene pool...

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:


  • Nobody mentioned the real refs are back in business yet...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Additionally, no one mentioned Tom Brady drinking Butters' "creamy love goo" on South Park last night.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Clearly, must see tv...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    so aaaaawesome!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Trey Parker's Jim Rome impression is pretty good. Check that. It's perfect.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • Now that the real refs are back, the OL balance may get restored vs. the fucking jailbreak that has been on through the first three weeks.

    The "real" refs have been taught how to balance the league by having the line judge allow some holding to occur in the trenches and keep his fucking flag in his pocket.

    I expect a precipitous drop in sacks starting right the hell now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Webb just cried tears of joy.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    and our dline just cried tears of pain

    the good lord (rodger goodell) giveth and the good lord taketh.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I thought that too. Also, when the WRs are getting mugged 20 yds downfield, that makes the QB hold the ball longer leading to more sacks.

    HOWEVER, I also wonder how much these new jerseys have to do with it too. Remember in the offseason when Lach said that it's gonna be harder to hold with these new outfits and that Pepp was going to have a billions sacks? Maybe there's something to that...

  • he has a billion sacks?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I went to the G.W. Bush School of Mathamatics...

  • he went to school?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    flight school. He was a fighter jock.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    no, I mean he actually WENT?

  • Did Paea jump offsides a little bit there?

  • In reply to BigHurtNYC:

    how long is a piece of string?

  • In reply to BigHurtNYC:

    nope, just a great jump

  • johnny, didn't mean to sound like a dbag last night. Apologize if I did. Just fun to be sharing stories again after so long and so much shit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fly free young bird. I am not here to judge just to live vicariously through your upcoming adventures.

  • My worst decision so far in that goofy DBB Auction FF League:

    Paying a goddamn dime for Anquon Boldin of the Ravens. Whatta slug. Did we seriously want that guy as a Bear when he was a FA? Man, did we dodge a bullet there.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    how DARE you!?!?

    I watched that game and he wasn't bad? Whatchu looking at GP?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    2010: 16 games - 837 yds, 7 TDs
    2011: 14 games - 887 yds, 3 TDs

    He wasn't terrible in 2010, the year we wanted him... but the guy is 32 in a few days... Old. Balls. Hang. Low.

    Maybe Torrey Smith will be his new Fitz, taking all the attention away from him and he can pick it up. Maybe.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hey, me and NBIT are undefeated in that league! How dare you say it's goofy!

    And Boldin got like 16 points against my team in the 1st week. I couldn't believe it.

    But yeah, he done.

  • Hey Jeff,

    Are you going to come up with some kind of Bonus Point in the picks game in regards to tonight's game?

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    From above B4:

    "Picks Contest Bonus Alert: There will be a bonus for tonight's Thursday night affair. Post will arrive on site at 5 PM CT."

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Whatever it is, if the past is any indication, it will completely fuck over the specific stat of the guy we are focused on.

    Manning - pick after pick after pick.
    Newton - 6 yds rushing.
    Russell Wilson - 10 passes thrown.

  • In one of my many "why did I pick Rivers?" fantasy leagues... I now have -


    All 3 douches that I hate. Who do I start? Or do I just kill myself?

    I picked up Flacco yesterday, but I'm concerned Jeff will make a Joe-focused bonus, which means he'll throw 4 picks. Or, they'll just run Rice 50 times...


  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I'd go with Rivers off of the above list.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Palmer lost Darius Heywood-Bey to concussion, so there went his speedster.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Maybe I can intice you with RG3...

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Haha...I got Rivers too. He cost me last week, big time. But I still think he's gonna bounce back.

    If Jeff posts something like, "Guess how many total yds Flacco will have" run for the hill and go with Rivers.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Gots to go with Flacco. Palmer blows and River's is second in the league in jerkface next to our very own cutty.


  • The DL has been on fire. Even Woot is looking really good. Gotta agree with Dave's assessment on the D. I think #54 will take another step Monday night. Gotta watch out for Dez B on ST's. He burned us last time. I think we win but not overly confident. The O has to take a huge step up before I'm feeling giddy.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Woot has always looked, but like Wright, he always gets injured.

    Speaking of which, who the hell is our back-up FS? We need to prepare for the worst and be proactive in getting a solid backup in our system right now, and not in week 9.

    If Conte goes down, Wright will move over and Steltz will play SS. If Wright goes down, Steltz will just step in. But we still need a solid guy at S (since Hardin's gone) to be in our system NOW.

  • wait, Hardin got injured again? Are you serious? Hardin... injured?!?!?!?!?!


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He got the good ole Angelo red-shirt.

    "Here ya go kid. Go play some Madden and play exclusively as a Safety. Also, learn how to tackle. Your helmet isn't a penis that you can stick into any hole."

  • well, at least there weren't any warning signs that he was fragile (or just has terrible luck).

    Phew, we realty dodged a bullet on that pick.

  • If any of you were actually thinking that perhaps ownership learned some sort of lesson here, or that the NFL would be reticent to repeat pulling a replacement ref stunt like this, that impugns the game and fucks the W-L record of a couple of teams, well - let me just tell you this:

    The owners won. Again.

    They got the refs to give up the pension plan for all new hires, and instead upped the defined contribution of the 401(k) plan. Any way you cut that, it's going to save them a lot of money.

    Other specifics seem hard to come by, as the 4-letter ass-whistles seem intent on writing about how scrutinized the "real" refs will be on every call. It's almost as if the NFL defines the narrative that ESPN will take. That sort of thing doesn't happen, does it?

  • So one thing I always like to quip to Cowboys fans is they must like to watch those guys dressed up in cowboy outfits dance around on the podiums. They have male cheerleaders (like this But They dont call them cheerleaders they call them Team Spirit leaders or rhythm and blues dancers or some crap. Can someone find me an image? If not look for them on Monday night.. its pretty funny.

  • Taking a look at the Bears versus Cowboys matchup

  • Erik,

    I think you're so concerned that you aren't creating any sentence fragments, you've backed into a kind of overly simplistic sentence structure. That's what I see. The prose is still stilted, try reading it out loud.

    Then, read this article out loud, that covers the same matchup:

    Which seems more natural in tone to you?

    Just trying to help...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You are right.

  • You write like a robot, Artoo. Trow in a dick joke next time or something...

  • fucking a coach... why didn't you meet us out for drinks last weekend?

    Fucking character.

  • oh thank the lord:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If only Sam Hurd had waited, he could have made a killing in the black market for bacon.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Can coffee grounds mask the scent of bacon?

  • I can't get over how similar we are to the Cowboys. This MNF game is going to be "A Tale of One Team in Two Cities."

    - Crappy Oline
    - Questionable QB
    - Mercurial WRs
    - Stud HBs
    - Inconsistent O
    - Great pass rushers
    - Much improved CBs
    - Playoff caliber


  • this one's for Dave:

  • More Bears D related all-22 breakdowns from today

  • In reply to reprisal:

    Oh. These are quite nice.

  • In reply to reprisal:

    Well done. Thanks for posting the links.

  • "Paea had his best game against the Rams on Sunday as he bullied the Rams' interior line with his strength and athleticism. Paea is like the lead train engine as he brings a ton of power and the rest of his teammates that are coming behind him are tough to stop. All too often they say a player commands double teams as a football cliche, but Paea lives up to that."

    Wow. Ok, so props to... je.... props to jer.... props to jerr....

    ...Fuck man, I just can't.

    Thank god even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in a fucking while.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He did look great. He's looked at least as good as Henry and I wasn't expecting that. I thought he would be good this year but not this good. Pleasant surprise. Woot being healthy is the second biggest surprise on the line. Happy with Chicken Dinner but I expected him to be active and a good pass rush specialist. Jennings is a huge surprise same with Major Wang. Briggs looks the same as ever. He can't keep up with the really fast guys but if he draws a bead on them, the rest of their game is pretty quiet.

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    #Bears are 7-2 on Monday Night Football under Lovie Smith, including 5 wins in last 6 games.

  • Hmm..this chick seems cool. Whi is this Tamara and why is she not on this blog?

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