The Bears OL by the Numbers
The Chicago Bears OL is clearly a weakness and needs to be addressed in the offseason, despite the fact that Jerry Angelo does not want to do it.
The Chicago Bears OL Stats
Rushing Average: 3.9 Yards [24th in the NFL]
Sacks Allowed: 56 [32nd in the NFL]
QB Hits: 92 [26th in the NFL]
LT Frank Omiyale: He improved over the season and does not look totally embarrassing as he did at the LG position. Omiyale is solid when asked to 1 on 1 pass block a DE. He absolutely shut down Jared Allen in both Vikings games. Omiyale struggles at least once a game with elite speed, but he is not the biggest problem on the line. I do believe that Omiyale is learning disabled as he cannot pick up the most simple blitzes.
Worth keeping and starting somewhere along the line and will need to remain at LT until we have a suitable replacement.
LG Chris Williams: The musicals chairs that the Bears have played with Williams career has pretty much ruined it. Williams plays way to high and way to soft to pay LG and consistently is the culprit when a run play does not work. In pass protection he looks lost and his feet are way to soft and happy to be playing OG.
He is probably done, but should be kept and add competition at LT and I am not expecting much.
C Olin Kreutz: Kreutz is like the old car you drove in high school, you love it and there are great memories, but it does not drive anymore. Kreutz spends a ton of time on the ground and provides very little push in the run game. He still provides leadership and makes the line calls, but physically he is holding us back from being a more efficient OL.
I let him walk, but if he comes back cheap as a backup and provides depth I am all for it.
RG Roberto Garza: He has played better than I have given him credit for in the past. Garza is solid in the run game and gets some push, in comparison to Williams and Kreutz. Garza is weak in the pass game and is exposed by better DTs, but he is the least to worry about on the OL.
He should be moved to center, where he has backed up, where he will not be exposed by the better DTs.
RT: J'Marcus Webb: He has been more up and down then any player on the Bears. He has plays when he is exceptional and shows all of the skills that Tice and the Bears love. On the very next play he is getting blown by or completely missing a blitz. Webb has potential and should have never been starting, but has done an average job of filling in.
Worth keeping around, but should have competition for the spot next offseason. Webb has talent and an offseason could make him a lot better.
OG Lance Louis: The fact that he cannot start on this OL concerns me, but he has physical talent and is cheap so worth keeping around.
OG/C Edwin Williams: He showed enough in his spot duty and should be kept around into the offseason as a potential C.
OT Kevin Shaffer: Next Question.