If you haven’t seen it by now, in a crucial moment of Sunday’s game against the Giants, the Chicago Bears ran a play that looked an awful lot like the Philly Special.
They called it the “Oompa Loompa,” but it probably looks familiar.
And, apparently, Trey Burton just couldn’t bring himself to be the guy to throw the pass for that play. Not after he was the guy to throw the pass on the Philly Special in the Eagles’ Super Bowl win.
Here’s what Burton said, via the Chicago Tribune:
Honestly when they put it up on the board (in practice), I got crazy anxiety. I was kind of freaking out a little bit, just because a ton of unbelievable memories come back to mind from the Super Bowl. … I remember not really saying much and going out in practice and trying to do it, and I just couldn’t. Physically there was some type of block that wasn’t letting me do it.
Burton, who played in Philly for four seasons before joining the Bears this past offseason, told head coach Matt Nagy about his anxiety as the pass-thrower and they tweaked the play to allow Tarik Cohen to throw the touchdown pass instead.
Burton then took over the Corey Clement role. It was his job to pitch the ball to Cohen on the play.
The “Oompa Loompa” wasn’t exactly the Philly Special. On this play, Chase Daniel took the snap … it wasn’t a direct snap, which meant there was a handoff before the pitch and the QB didn’t become the receiver. But it still looked a lot like the Philly Special, which is apparently why Burton had trouble duplicating the biggest and most famous play of his career.
The Giants actually won the game in overtime, but it doesn’t mean this play wasn’t spectacular. It was. It’s also pretty cool that Burton couldn’t bring himself to make that play in another city.
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