That's exactly my point. Webb was supposedly going to benefit from having a year of starting LT experience under his belt and a full offseason w/OTAs, no lockout, etc., etc. Tice just went out of his way to (politely) say that JW hasn't exactly blown him away and hasn't "won" the job in the hoped-for way. It sounds more like CW was moved to RT to spare Carimi a bit who's still not 100% with that knee. Obviously, CW wasn't exactly lighting it up at LT either.
I'm not panicking at all, but I am concerned. I want to see some PS games and Webb play some solid, consistent LT. We don't need a pro-bowl performance out of him in 2012 but double-digit sacks and double-digit penalties can't be repeated. Besides injury risk (which all teams have), the main risk to this season is at LT imho.
I guess the "good news" is that everything could still work out well for us. Webb could very well improve enough to be a decent LT this year. By not making him responsible for BOTH tackle positions, Tice is giving him every opportunity to be solid at ONE position. I realize that Webb has played RT before, but his issues have been a lack of concentration and consistency - so why NOT simplify his life and let him focus on the ONE position this year? This is his 3rd year with Tice. It could be a breakout year for him. Tice knows this.
The reason they are giving Webb every benefit of the doubt, and opportunity, is that IF he can handle LT, it will be HUGE for our team. Huge. C.Will can play any position on the oline and do a decent job (other than center). He'll be fine no matter where he ends up.
I'm pulling 100% for Webb to be solid because that will mean our oline is set to be decent this year. Maybe not great, but certainly good enough to make our season solid. Odds are pretty good that one of our tackles will be injured this season. With C.Will we have a guy who can step up and keep the line decent. He may not be a great tackle, but he's certainly decent enough to keep the ship afloat. He was our best olineman last year. He is "taking one for the team" here by losing his LG position where he was a rock solid starter, to moving to back up BOTH tackle positions - and doing it well enough to keep our season going.
I don't think Tice had any choice here. He's betting the farm on Webb improving this year. I hope this is the case.
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 08-07-2012 at 03:08 PM.
Thanks For The Memories
I know exactly what the article said and Webb is the starter. You guys just don't like the fact that CWill sucks and that he can't take the starting job from Webb. So fuck CWill and all his supporters. Instead of rooting for Webb they desire that he fails and that makes everyone of those shitheads a bunch of tools. Webb will be fine. If Webb couldn't play they would never have invested this much in him and they would have cut his ass this offseason and used that #1 pick on a RT to play LT. But you guys don't want to hear the facts. The facts are that webb will be our LT and Tice wants more out of him.
Webb SUCKED last year. He was a FAIL. He graded out as the 32nd out of 32 starting LT's in the NFL. I realize that it was only his 2nd year in the league and his first playing LT. I realize that the LO cost him prep time. I realize that he had games in which he played pretty darned good (Philly, TB). He also had games in which he wasn't just "off", he was freakin' terrible. A one-man drive killer. An embarrassment and sack & penalty machine. Double digit sacks AND penalties are simply not getting the job done.
This year is supposedly different. Its his 3rd year (when a lot of players "blossom") and his 2nd at LT. He's got a full offseason to work with. He's healthy. He (had) competition. His future is on the line...
have a great year-->solidifes his starting role + nice contract coming up
Have an unimproved year-->future with the team in doubt, no big contract
We all know that he has the physical tools to be good. Does he have the dedication, drive, and mental focus? We will see and I'd love to see it.
But Tice's comments in the last few days make it very clear that Webb hasn't shown him anything special yet in TC, Tice is openly questioning his determination to improve, and CWill was moved more because Carimi needed relief than because Webb was dominanting the position.
I hope it's clear now why Webb hasn't convinced too many people yet.