Anyone else here believe the oline woes are being blown out of proportion?
You can put me officially on record (if there is such an animal :smile:) as believing the offensive line will be "decent" and plenty "good enough" for us to have a solid year. Yes, Cutler will be hurried at times and have some hits & sacks, like any other QB in the NFL this season. But it won't be like last year. Not even close.
Think about it.
How could it NOT be better than last year? We have a lot of young people who will be 1 year better. This includes Webb. We have a better OC, will have plays called that better match our personnel. Carimi is back. We have THREE 1st round draft picks on that line!
And I'll be honest here. I've closely watched Webb work at camp, and I've watched that 1st pre-season game repeatedly. I don't see what others are claiming. He blew some plays, but he looked pretty darned good to me on almost all of his pass protection. He had 1 false start (not exactly a criminal offense in your first pre-season game). He allowed 1 sack in 4 quarters of play. Again, I'm not going to say the season is over - with 1 sack allowed in the first pre-season game.
So, I am going to believe my own eyes
and not blindly accept what some other people are saying.
I almost think it's in vogue this pre-season, to jump on the "Sky is Falling" bandwagon and claim the oline is going to wreck our season. I just don't see it. I just don't believe it.
Feel free to call me a delusional lunatic, and maybe I am http://www.dabears.com/images/smilies/Default/smile.gif
but the more I think this through, and watch the players, I can't honestly come to any other conclusion.