Chicago Bears 4 downs: Left side of O-line still up in th
4 downs: Left side of O-line still up in the air
By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune reporter 11:51 p.m. CDT, August 24, 2012
If the Bears were hoping to find something decisive in their search for a starting left side of the offensive line Friday night, they might have to look long and hard at video over the weekend. Nothing was glaring. Left tackle candidates J'Marcus Webb and Chris Williams each had at least one play they would want back. Based solely on how offensive coordinator Mike Tice rotated them the last two games, the guess is Webb gets the job and Chris Spencer remains the left guard. But this has been a winding road the club has gone down and you're never certain where it is leading.
2. Tillman picked on
Any game the Bears play without middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is going to be a challenge. You expect that. What you don't expect is the opposition to target cornerback Charles Tillman time after time. That is what Eli Manning did, throwing to his left for most of the first half. Tillman wasn't asked to cover Hakeem Nicks, who is working his way back from foot surgery. Ramses Barden, battling for a roster spot, worked against him and got the better of it. The Bears will hope this was an aberration.
3. Quigley OK
If Adam Podlesh is going to miss time in the regular season with his left hip flexor injury, undrafted rookie Ryan Quigley at least deserves consideration and another week to show what he can do. The blocked punt in the second quarter was the result of a breakdown on the right side of the line. Quigley got solid hang time and the Giants were not able to do much of anything returning the ball against him. It wouldn't be surprising if the Bears scouted out other options but Quigley was impressive in the biggest job interview of his career.
4. Marshall plan
Brandon Marshall didn't do anything out of the ordinary but five receptions for 51 yards in the first half and the first possession of the third quarter are the kind of numbers that will translate to major production. He caught a 21-yard touchdown pass against shoddy Cover-2 execution. Marshall should be a major factor. The pass protection for Cutler held up as he wasn't sacked by a defense that led the NFL with 13 exhibition sacks through the first two weeks. The offense has a chance to be very productive.