Bears OL Breakdown [#2 Need]
The Bears OL played better than expected at times and in others as bad as some people assumed that they would play. This group is defined by their inconsistency. For Jay Cutler and the offense to reach a championship level the Bears OL group needs to improve or be upgraded from the outside.
The inconsistency of this group is personified by J'Marcus Webb who goes from dominant in 1 game [Philadelphia] to totally lost in others [Detroit]. Webb has a ton of physical ability and has shown that he can use good technique and at times can be a dominant run blocker. At other times he had mental lapses and uses terrible technique and is a liability. The LT position should be targeted for upgrade.
2012 Outlook: Starting LT with Competition
Carimi showed flashes of what made him a #1 pick before injury shortened his season. The Carimi injury concerns me moving into 2012, while it is not serious the Bears need him in the starting line up.
2012 Outlook: Starting RT, Competing at LT with Webb.
Louis played admirably at RT without the size to do so, but he has struggled in recent weeks. Louis showed the nasty attitude and strength that the Bears nee on the OL and he should be moving back inside where he has more reasonable size. Louis was one of the bright spots of this season despite the struggles.
2012 Outlook: Competing at LG with Chris Williams
Frank has been a failure since the beginning and has shown nothing for the Bears. Omiyale should be on the first plane out of Chicago with Caleb Hanie and Jerry Angelo. He provides nothing even coming off the bench as was proven with his embarrassing game against the Lions.
2012 Outlook: Cut
Williams was having a nice year before the wrist injury ended his season early. Williams is not an elite pass blocker or power run blocker, but he showed that he can be the pulling OG that the Bears need. Williams is not dominant, but he is consistent and with this OL the Bears need consistency. It is also nice to get something from a 14th overall pick.
2012 Outlook: Competing at LG with Lance Louis.
When Spencer was signed I thought it was another Jerry Angelo patch work signing with no upside. To my surprise Chris Spencer has been the Bears best OLmen this season. A strong pass protector and a powerful lead blocker Spencer has earned his spot on this team.
2012 Outlook: Starting RG
Edwin Williams is not a starting OLmen and there has been a decline since he entered the lineup for Chris Williams. However, Williams is a very solid backup and many teams in the NFL would love a versatile mauler like him. Williams is valuable because of his pass protection and his ability to play all interior OL positions.
Grade: B+ [Considering he is a backup]
2012 Outlook: Primary Interior Back Up.
Has been solid at center and provides Jay Cutler with a nice veteran presence. While Garza has declined a little physically he can still get the job done and he is the leader of a young unit.
2012 Outlook: Starting C
Moving into 2012
The Bears have the following depth chart moving into 2012,
LT: Webb, ____________
LG: Williams, Louis
C: Garza, Williams
RG: Spencer, __________
RT: Carimi, ____________
The Bears need a LT that can compete with the inconsistent Webb. The Bears can also draft a RT who can step in and allow Carimi to move to LT if Webb struggles.
The Bears also need to add an interior OL player that can come in and compete at C or LG and add some youth and potential.
Free Agent OL
1. OG Carl Nicks, likely to be franchised.
2. OG Ben Grubbs
3. OT Demetrius Bell, likely to be resigned.
4. C Chris Meyers, likely to be resigned.
5. OT Jared Gaither, health concerns.
6. C Nick Hardwick
7. OG Chilo Rachal, consistency issues.
8. OT Levi Brown, consistency issues.
1. OT Matt Kalil [USC] 6'7" 300lbs.
2. OT Jonathan Martin [Stanford] 6'6" 310lbs.
3. OG David Decastro [Stanford] 6'5" 310lbs.
4. OT Riley Rieff [Iowa] 6'6" 300lbs.
5. OT Mike Adams [Ohio St[ 6'7" 320lbs.
6. C Peter Konz [Wisconsin] 6'5" 315lbs.
7. OG Cordy Glenn [Georgia] 6'5" 340lbs.
8. OT Zerbie Sanders [Florida ST] 6'5" 309lbs.
9. OG Kevin Zeitler [Wisconsin] 6'3" 320lbs.
10. OT Levy Adcock [Oklahoma St] 6'6" 330lbs.