Tice; "Line Does Well on it's Own?.........
Mike Tice says Bears offensive line did well on it's own.
By Sean Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org October 19, 2011 9:38PM
Updated: October 20, 2011 2:18AM
Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice is pleased with the performance of his unit, but he defended the notion that they get more help than others around the league.
“First of all, every team gives their linemen help,” Tice said. “I thought we had a good game plan. It’s not like, all of a sudden, ‘The Bears’ offensive line is so bad that they need all this help.’ It’s that, we haven’t been giving them help, so now we’re giving them help, it helps settle things down and build their confidence, and gives them a chance to hang in there and not jump the count.” (Oh really Mike? Have you been coaching a different one than the one we've been watching)
The Bears were coming off their most impressive offensive performance of the season, when they scored 39 points, provided a balanced attack and allowed quarterback Jay Cutler to get sacked just once.
And despite the issues of the Minnesota Vikings, Tice was proud that his unit did well against a well-regarded defense.
“They were high in the numbers, defensively,” Tice said. “I think anytime you have some success, to any degree, it’s going to build your confidence and help you improve and move forward.
“This is a long haul. We’re trying to get better every week.”
The Bucs have a talented young defensive line but they’ve had some injuries. On Wednesday, defensive end Michael Bennett (groin) groin didn’t practice, and Gerald McCoy (ankle) was limited.
“They bring it,” Tice said.