Starting At Center
The Chicago Bears allowed an NFL-high 56 sacks last season.
So, it’s a good thing offensive line coach Mike Tice has proclaimed the starting five more than a month in advance, in preparation for Week 1 against Atlanta.
Roberto Garza, not Chris Spencer, will be the center with Chris Williams at left guard and Lance Louis at right guard. J’Marcus Webb will protect Jay Cutler’s blind side (praying) at left tackle, while rookie first-round pick Gabe Carimi will man right tackle. Tice already declared Carimi an “elite run blocker.”
It sounds like Tice is convinced he has the “five best guys” on the starting line ready for the Falcons:
“I’ve got, I think right now, the five best guys on the field and we’re going to stay that way until something proves me I’m wrong,” Tice said.
“I have five guys in there starting,” he said. “Unless they falter, that’s who’s opening the season against Atlanta.”
Head coach Lovie Smith also feels “comfortable” about the five-man group in front of Cutler:
“I feel comfortable,” Smith said after Monday’s lightning-cancelled session. “That’s why we stayed with this same group for a while.
“You would like to lock in as soon as you can with the starting five and go from there,” Smith said.
According to Tice and Smith’s surety about the line, I think Bears fans can be content with the fact a plan is set in place – at the very least. Hopefully, that plan doesn’t include #6 getting sacked 56 times again.
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