Hey!!!! Thanks for leaving me out. It was my idea. sniff.... sniff....
I say we trim to the Urlacher "cueball" standard.
It's a dirty, filthy, unforgiving job, but someone has to do it.
Have stirrups. Will Travel.
Here's a look at how the offensive line has performed in pass protection so far:
Player Snaps Penalties Sacks QB hurries QB hits J'Marcus Webb 349 2 3 1 8 Gabe Carimi 349 7 3 4 17 Lance Louis 349 1 1 1 2 Roberto Garza 349 0 1 0 1 Chilo Rachal 209 2 0 0 2 Chris Spencer 143 1 1 1 4 Source: Pro Football Focus
This is through Week 5. Not counted in this is how many sacks were given up by individual players not on the offensive line, including those for which Jay Cutler is to be held responsible. That information is available in the link I set up for you. Kellen Davis has been responsible for one sack, as has Matt Forte. There are dissenting opinions in the link between PFF and WindyCityGridiron.com, so we'll leave it at that.
Does anyone know who was responsible for what in the sack department against the Lions? I've looked online and haven't been able to find a breakdown of who gave up what in the sack department.
Speaking of Webb, the reason I want to replace him next year with an All Pro is because we wouldn't have to chip as much. I doubt that Long, Bushrod, and Clady have chip blockers on more than half of the players they're in on. I think Webb is really coming on, but I think he's hit his ceiling. We can do so much better. Carimi will be fine in time, however. He has the potential to become an All Pro RT.
When I think of Carimi I think of a rookie as he only played in 2 games last year. Hopefully Tice any get him to settle down a pit, there is fine line between playing aggressively and being overly aggressive.
Except for Garza we still have a young line and if they keep improving we could have a very good O line for years to come.
Roberto Garza 12 years
Chilo Rachal 5 years
Lance Louis 4 years
J'Marcus Webb 3 years
Gabe Carimi 2 years
I doubt Emery will ignore that this coming year. No matter how well they may come together we still need another top prospect on the inside. It'll be interesting to see what they do with James Brown. Will they develop him as an OG or will they develop him as an OT.
I not only want to know what they are going to do with Brown but also Scott. Is E. Williams going to be G for us or are developing him into a future Center. Right now as things look we need to get a Center if E Williams isn't going to be that guy, then maybe a G.
We could stand to upgrade Scott. He's filling a need but he's hit his peak as far as his game goes. He's an experienced journeyman OT who can play either side so that makes him a decent swing tackle but he has no real upside.
Brown is the guy with huge upside but where is the question. He's got a big enough wingspan for OT but he lacks the ideal size for it. Still he might be the perfect guy to replace CWill as a guy who could play all four line spots and be a really good backup man.