NFL  > Chicago Bears  > Why the Bears' offensive line will be better this year ....
June 23, 2010, 04:21 AM
Some thoughts on why we should have a decent O-line this year :

On his rating (126th Overall, 70th among Guards, 30th ranked Left Guard) -Beekman's a center that was playing out of position at guard last year.

Chris Williams is a stud at LT I don't care what anyone ranks him (183rd Overall, 63rd among Tackles, 33rd ranked Right Tackle). He was also totally out of position for 13 or so games.

Garza's solid but father time is marching on, ditto Kreutz, plus Kreutz is coming off that Achilles thing, you know, that thing that bears all of your weight and you push off on. You have to expect both guys to have diminished abilities this year due to natural causes/age. How long do we wait before we cut the cord? Does Lovie persist with his loyal veterans until they literally fall apart. Do you need to run a car into the ground before you consider driving something else ? They'll last longer as backups anyway - no one's saying trade them - just "thanks for the memories, but we're going with these guys".

Shaeffer is a dependable backup - that's the best thing that can be said about him, he's not quick. We could slot in Asiata/Louis here. If we went with Asiat/Louis at guard, then he'd be a reasonably solid RT.

Frank Omiyale can just generally **** right off. Bench the omelette. I don't see how you can be that bad at guard and then turn into an awesome tackle. He was a revolving door last year, I don't care if he was out of position, he sucks.

Like to see BOTH Louis and Asiata starting from game one to give them time to fit in. Louis downfield blocking is his specialty apparently (see scouting reports on CBS Sports) and Asiata is a big, smart beast that's only being playing football about 5 or 6 years (Kiwi).

We would run amok with those guys if we had the balls to bench the older, banged up guys. And what have we got to lose? Our stellar running game from last year ? Our legendary pass blocking ? If the young guys don't work out, fine, bench them. I'd just rather have Kreutz and Garza as backups ready to help us out rather than let our running game suffer because we're being loyal to veterans who have lost a step on counters and traps. **** that. We don't owe Kreutz playing time. Our line sucked last year and he's in the middle of it. We need a big strong young line to deal with Ndomukong Suh twice a year for starters.

Play with this idea :

LT Chris Williams
LG Lance Louis
C Beekman
RG Asiata/Garza
RT Shaeffer/Asiata
TE Manu

That's a big, animal line with lots of upside as the year progresses. Imagine a healthy Matt Forte and Chester Taylor doing the business behind that line. I'm psyched. Kreutz/Garza now become liabilities with their accumulated mileage and injuries - yet dependable backups if you need them. No way they've got the fire in their bellies of hungry young beasts champing at the bit for their shot at NFL glory. They certainly don't have the speed. Or do they ?

When do we pull the plug on Garza and Kreutz ?
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July 1, 2010  07:39 PM ET
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The Bears NEED a better O line this year, Forte needs more running room, of course, it won't matter against the Pack, we'll shut down their running game with ease!

Rodgers was sacked 50 times last season, Cutler was sacked 35 and the Bears are the ones who need a better O-Line? Forte played injured all season and Chester Taylor was added which should make for a good tandem in rushing attack this season coupled with Tice as the O-Line coach and I think things will be a little better this season.

However if the Packers don't fix their own O-Line flaws Rodgers will have Peppers, Harris and Mr. Anderson on him all day long, he'll be running for his life.

July 1, 2010  09:06 PM ET

According to Lindy's the Bears have 18 starters (9 on Offense and 9 on defense) returning this year. Granted many changes of postions but the new starters are Knox and Beekman on offense and Peppers and Chris Harris on Defense. Considering Beekman and Harris have already started in the past for the Bears and the fact that Julius Peppers has been in the league for 10 years the only real "new" starter is Knox barring any preseason injuries. Johnny Knox started one game last year (According to Lindy's) but went to the pro bowl as a returner. He did a superb job at wr and is being rewarded accordingly. My points are this, 1st we have more experience this year for all the above named players. Secondly with Peppers on our line almost no QB is going to have the ablility to throw 7 step drop passes very often. He will also impact (I predict) 5 step drops on at least 50% of the opponents throws. Granted it might not be him applying the pressure but the opponents will have to stop him and this will open up our other linemen especially Tommy Harris and Mark Anderson. Green Bay and Minnesota have porous lines that won't stop our Defensive linemen for long. This means that our linebackers and Defensive backs won't have to cover their men for long. As long as Lovie doesn't play the corners 10 yards off their men we stand a good chance of severly imparing their passing games. With the extra experience for the 18 players added in I see the Bears winning at least 2 of the 4 games against them and possibly more, BARRING INJURIES since our depth is suspect !!! Go BEARS!!!

July 1, 2010  09:09 PM ET
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The Packers have a better overall team than the Bears and that's why they were able to overcome their line problems last season. The Bears don't have that luxury.

They HAD a better team last year, this year is different, the Bears have addressed several of their trouble areas from last year. Until the season starts unfolding it's all blow and skepticism anyway.

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July 1, 2010  10:59 PM ET

I'm confident that the Defense will be up to par except for Wright if he starts. At the start of the season however I worry that it will take the Offense longer to know what they are doing. I'm afraid that they will take untill the bye to really get it all together if by then. I hope they are ready by the start of the season but Martz's offenses in the past have taken "usually" a full season to get it all sorted out and start working on the same page. One good thing, we have a tough schedule and I'm a firm believer that when faced with adversity a team learns faster and works together better. We will see but if they don't at least we get a new coach. Either way we as Bears fans win as I see it.

July 1, 2010  11:03 PM ET

If we do get it all together we have the personel and schedule to really make the rest of the NFL open their eyes and respect the Bears. I still say we will beat Minn and G.B. both at least once if not twice this season. GO BEARS!!!

July 1, 2010  11:24 PM ET
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The Bears have more talent than the Pack, the Bears will surely have the better team again this season

I agree totally, now your talking some sense.

July 2, 2010  04:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#45):

Rodgers was sacked 50 times last season, Cutler was sacked 35 and the Bears are the ones who need a better O-Line? Forte played injured all season and Chester Taylor was added which should make for a good tandem in rushing attack this season coupled with Tice as the O-Line coach and I think things will be a little better this season.However if the Packers don't fix their own O-Line flaws Rodgers will have Peppers, Harris and Mr. Anderson on him all day long, he'll be running for his life.

I agree. People get all hung up on what their teams did last season. I think the Bears will be the most improved team in the NFL based on last season's performance. I don't see how any other team got that much better. Seahawks drafted well, but with our re-jigged O-line, Peppers/Taylor/Mau signings, Tice, Martz (and the exit of the fools they replaced), Urlacher/Pisa and the two Harris' back in action ... it's a different story this year. Forte will be a different proposition back at 100%.

I'm only worried about Hester and Knox adjusting to the timing offense and our lack of a FS and backup corners. That could kick us in the **** for the latter part of the season ....

July 2, 2010  06:52 AM ET

JackStraw II, I can honestly say I've enjoyed the passing of quite a few people including him. Plus I'm looking foreward to the passing of Osamma Bin Laden and others ASAP and I will never shed a tear for them.

July 2, 2010  09:19 AM ET
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I just hate it when an adolescent twists my words. What I would give right now to have you take off your shirt so I could give you a dual tittea twister on your nipples!!

LOL..........I might like that nipple twisting sounds kinky.

I hate it when adolescents feel the need to come to other teams message boards and spout off idle dribble trying to stir the pot, childish chest thumping about who's team is better, save it for the kiddies when you want to talk personable like adults and the pros and cons about our teams going into the season then your more than welcome until then save the banter for the teenagers.

July 2, 2010  12:10 PM ET
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Sigh...is it football season yet?

I wish Jack, but it will be here soon enough, wouldn't want to wish the summer away.

July 2, 2010  12:11 PM ET
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Like what you're posting is adult

Only in retaliation of your comments, you don't see me over on the Packers boards badgering them with trivial ribbing.

July 2, 2010  12:12 PM ET

The Bears will be lucky to finish 3rd in the division this year! FACT!

July 2, 2010  12:12 PM ET
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The Bears do not stand a chance this season in the North division, it belongs to the Packers and Vikings. The Bears have at least 2 more years of rebuilding before they can talk seriously about competing for the division crown.

I rest my case.

July 2, 2010  12:15 PM ET
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The Bears will be lucky to finish 3rd in the division this year! FACT!

Tell me wise and foolish one what are the upcoming winning lottery numbers since you seem to have this mystic crystal ball.

 
July 2, 2010  12:16 PM ET

See were this goes, no I ask you about the maturity of this conversation and were it's going.

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