Martz NFC Championship Playcall #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett
There are some plays I love to revisit. On the other hand there are some I prefer not to remember. Thinking about the NFC Championship loss haunts me every time I think about football. Then, there is always the fan who asks, “Why did Mike Martz give you the reverse on 3rd down?” It makes me cringe.

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I am not known for my speed. I’m known as an intellectual football player who played with a high IQ. I am not a burner. That has never been my thing. However, I displayed toughness breaking tackles and making something out of nothing. On 3rd and three, on GB 27-yard line Martz called wide receiver speed sweep hoping that the linebacker would crash down and I would have an open lane. Well, the linebacker did not crash. He tackled me for a loss. Now we were faced with a fourth down, and we all know that was intercepted and the game ended.
I had faith in my abilities. The linebacker just made one hell of a play. Do I blame Martz for the call? No. He wanted to put the ball in my hands and I will always relish any opportunity. Unfortunately, I was not able to create any magic on that play. Our dream season came to an end.
Earl B. Bennett

About Earl B. Bennett

Earl B. Bennett is a retired NFL Wide Receiver who played six seasons with the Chicago Bears.