Tice on Webb Following Giant Game and Other News...............
Webb's athleticism starting to show more
Now it's matter of intensity and consistency because Bears expect a lot from him
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/...8-26111048.jpg Offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Tribune photo)
By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune reporter August 27, 2011
The thing that jumped out on film when the Bears finished dissecting their offensive line in the last exhibition outing was the athletic play of J'Marcus Webb. (I'd rather it was his slam the door blocking that jumped out)
That's precisely why line coach Mike Tice made the move at the start of training camp to flip Webb from right tackle to left tackle, where he believes the young player can flourish. Webb wasn't a polished college product when he arrived so it's going to require more work, but it looks like his problematical exhibition opener against the Bills was a hiccup.
Really, when Webb said he didn't match Shawne Merriman's intensity, that was the best answer he could have given. If he simply wasn't up to the task, that would be a far greater problem. (We'll see how well he's up to the task 16 games from Sept. 12th)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/...0-26110513.jpg Video: Garza on Bears' O-line
"I knew all along, and I've been professing he's a tremendous athlete," Tice said. "He showed (that against the Giants) for the first time since maybe the New England game last year and maybe the Jets," Tice said. "He showed great athleticism, and bending and recovering and playing fast.
"That's what we expect from him. And that's what we have to expect from him every week. But he has to expect that from himself first. And if he does, then we'll be OK." (We're not holding our breathe Mike. Neither is Jay Cutler)
Special stuff: The Bears' short-sighted release of special teams stalwart Tim Shaw at final cuts a year ago looks worse now.
Shaw was let go when the team trimmed to 53 and the Bears kept Hunter Hillenmeyer knowing the veteran with a history of concussions was coming off another head injury in preseason. Hillenmeyer lasted one game and the club was forced to bring in Rod Wilson, a player who knew the system but didn't match Shaw's capabilities on special teams a year after he set a franchise record with 30 tackles.
Now, the Bears aren't certain what kind of help they have for Dave Toub at linebacker and in the secondary and it won't be surprising if the club makes a waiver move at final cuts to bring in some help. Shaw, who the Titans scooped up on waivers last September, led them with 20 special teams tackles. (Losing Shaw hurt especially since we now have no vet backup at MLB and SLB. I couldn't believe we let him go)
Quick learner: Kyle Adams, an undrafted free agent from Purdue, is trying to catch on at fullback after being switched from tight end less than two weeks ago. He's getting a long look on special teams too, where he was with the first team for four phases Monday against the Giants. Adams jokes he has experience, he played running back when he was 7.
"Coaches tell you to switch positions, you have to show them everything you have," Adams said. "It's a lot of learning."
(I didn't see anything from him on Monday that impressed me all that much. I thought Ta'ufo'uo looked the best of the FB who played.)