You might be the only Bears fan and person who thinks all of that.
Yes we rushed for 2000 yards, but that does not really matter anymore. What does matter is that our QB, the guys who actually win you Superbowls, was running for his life or getting killed.
I would use words like mediocre, average and okay to describe the play of our interior OL.
Louis struggled in pass protection even at OG.
Chris Williams is only good when pulling.
Spencer is below average in pass protection.
Edwin Williams stepped in and managed not to embarrass himself.
The scary part of it is that the only guy on that list that I would seriously think about building around in the future is E. Williams at C.
My perfect world
LT: Webb, C. Williams
The guy still has some potential and we have no one else, but we give Chris Williams a chance to compete and hopefully light a fire under Webb.
A dominant/very good player needs to be somewhere on the line, this lets us move our protections to weaker areas.
C: Garza, E. Williams
I want Garza at C because Jay is comfortable with him and I want E. Williams learning there for a year as to me he has shown the most of our interior guys with limited work. And Chris Spencer is not the C of the future he was bad there for the Seahawks.
RG: Louis, C. Spencer
I like how physical Louis is and his mentality is great, and Spencer can be a back up for all interior spots and he does not stand out in any one area.
He and Louis should be a dominant run blocking tandem.
One of the things that I've gathered this past year...is that many of the Bear's O-line critics have not assessed the Bears O-line properly. The Kreutz nonsense and the Carimi injury screwed things from the get go. You had a lot of guys playing in less than ideal positions. You had a young RT moved to LT, who is still learning the ropes (Webb). And you had a reckless offense, that produced a lot of sacks and caused a lot of pass protection issues until Lovie Smith had to reign Martz in. Running for 2000yds is actaully a really big deal because the Bears went almost 2 decades without doing that. Cutler was running for his life because Martz was stupid and unwilling to be flexible in how he calls his plays. And I don't even care how many sacks that O-line gave up when hanie was under center. That team had no confidence in him.
What I saw last year, after Lovie stepped in, was an O-line get progressively better with each game Cutler was under center. And all our backups, who had to get action due to injuries along the line, gained valuable gameday experience. The Bears O-line is much more talented than most Bears fans realize. They did a lot of things well considering that reckless offense that was called under Martz. I attribute a great number of sacks, not due to poor pass protection, but to TOO MUCH TIME needed for a passing play to develop. And I'm certainly happy now that Martz is gone.