One of the four splash signings the Bears made in the opening of free agency came on the offensive side of the ball in the form of right tackle Bobby Massie. After four seasons in Arizona where he started 46-of-54 games played, the 6’6″, 316-pounder gives the Bears a solid presence on the right side allowing three-time Pro Bowler Kyle Long to kick back inside to right guard.
After breaking down inside linebacker Danny Trevathan’s game on Wednesday in the first ever Bears Backer Film Review, I’ll dissect Massie’s overall game. The footage comes from Arizona’s 38-8 commanding home win over Green Bay in Week 16 last season.
Note: The Cardinals allowed two sacks in this game while Massie didn’t allow any Packers defender to lay a hand on quarterbacks Carson Palmer or Drew Stanton through four quarters.
Play No. 1
On Arizona’s second drive of the game, the Cardinals were looking for their first points. Here on first down with just over two minutes left in the opening quarter, running back David Johnson powers his way for a nine-yard pickup. Massie helped paved the way by blocking out defensive tackle Mike Pennel.
Breakdown: Massie wasn’t the sole reason why Johnson picked up the huge chunk of yards, but his powerful block against Pennel certainly helped. Pennel is a fiery defensive tackle who gets into the backfield often and Massie didn’t flinch matching up against him here. Very solid containment from Massie.
Play No. 2
Up 7-0 with just under nine minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Cardinals faced a 2nd-and-5 near midfield. Carson Palmer finds wide receiver Michael Floyd for a big gain. On the play, the Packers sent linebacker Clay Matthews to Massie’s side on a blitz. Watch what Massie does to the Pro Bowl pass rusher.
Breakdown: Bears fans will love to see this. Massie simply overpowered Matthews and that is something that will be huge when the Packers square off with Jay Cutler and company next season. Massie holds his own once again.
Play No. 3
Nearing the end of the first half, the Cardinals had the ball inside their own 20-yard-line and Palmer made his first mistake of the night by throwing an interception on a screen pass attempt. Massie allows his man, outside linebacker Mike Neal to get some pressure on Palmer and that likely forces him to throw the ball earlier than he would have liked.
Breakdown: Massie gets beat pretty bad on this one and his feet look rather slow. Even though he was beat by the athletic Neal, he doesn’t allow him to lay a hand on Palmer or bring him down. Unfortunately, this play ends poorly for Arizona and Massie certainly got an earful heading back to the sideline. These are plays that have to improve in order for the Bears to be successful.
Play No. 4
Pinned back near their own endzone, Arizona already held a 38-8 lead with four seconds left in the third quarter. On first down, scatback Andre Ellington powers ahead for a gain of eight yards. Watch closely as Massie completely takes former Bears defensive end Julius Peppers completely out of the play.
Breakdown: This is where Massie excels the most as a strong run blocker. He leads the way for Ellington and takes Peppers totally out of the play. Massie matched up with Peppers most of the night and didn’t allow him to do basically anything. Peppers finished with only one tackle in the game.
Play No. 5
Drew Stanton replaced Palmer under center and with roughly seven minutes left, the Cardinals faced a 3rd-and-6. No. 3 back Kerwynn Williams took the carry and found room for an 18-yard pickup running directly behind Massie. These are situations the Bears will put him in. I can promise you that.
Breakdown: Massie excelled in this scenario as a lead blocker. He moved his feet well and felt the path ahead. Williams dashes ahead for a nice pickup mainly because Massie did such a sound job of giving him a running lane. This was his best play from this game.
A former 2012 fourth round pick out of Mississippi, Massie was a three-year starter there. In the NFL, he’s settled in as a mauler, a guy who can lead the way for backs and receivers on screens and out routes. He is rather slow footed which limits his upside at his frame. But his size is his friend and he uses that to his advantage on almost every snap.
Massie isn’t going to get pushed around by the player on the opposite side of the ball and that bodes well for the Bears as they look to establish the run even more in John Fox’s second season at the helm.
Overall, Massie doesn’t do anything overly impressive, but he’s solid and he gets the job done. His ability to protect against the pass can be shaky at times, but he can flat out dominate as a run blocker and that is important in this offense. Massie matched up against six different players in this game including Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal, Mike Daniels, Nick Perry and Joe Thomas. He held is own against all of them for the most part.
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