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Jeff Tedford Explains Isi Sofele Over C.J. Anderson

The reason Isi Sofele was on the field instead of C.J. Anderson at tailback is because the Bears wanted to run an "outside zone" play, which, according to Tedford, has "cutback potential." Tedford said missed blocks were the reason the Bears didn’t score, not because of Sofele. He said Sofele is better equipped to handle the outside zone play than Anderson. "The outside play can go in or bounce out," he said. "Isi has the most experience with that play and has a little bit better speed to be able to execute that play. That’s why he was in there." John Breech of CBS Sports has the full quote. Media: Might you guys think about putting a bigger back in down in goal line situations or is Isi someone you're going to stick with? Tedford: With that run, it was an outside zone play, it wasn't so much a downhill play, it had cutback potential, as you saw when we ran blast right up the middle, we put C.J. in on the blast play [in the first half] and C.J. did what he was supposed to do, he plowed over somebody. On the outside zone play that we ran down there, we just missed the block, a guy came off the blocker or Isi squirts right in there. Isi broke the first tackle, the nose guard, Dom overreached the nose and the nose came behind him and tried to get his legs and he broke that tackle and then the next guy on the edge came off of a block and got back inside and that's the guy he ran into. There was a big hole there, we just have to sustain our blocks, so that wasn't so much Isi. The plays that we run, we're going to put certain guys in. The blast is downhill and C.J. went in for that. But the outside play that could go in or bounce out, Isi has had the most experience with that play and has a little bit better speed to be able to execute that play, so that's why he was in there. To revisit our debate on the plays at CGB, go here.
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