All signs point to rookies on right side of line

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  1. short faced bear

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    It becomes more apparent each day Long and Mills will get call at guard and tackle in opener

    By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune reporter

    August 21, 2013

    Aaron Kromer was hard to hear Tuesday because the offensive coordinator has lost most of his voice, apparently an occupational hazard at this point in preseason.

    "It's a good thing," Kromer said. "Lot of coaching going on."

    Kromer is working with the entire offensive line, but the focus, at least publicly, has been on the rookie right side with guard Kyle Long, the first-round pick, and tackle Jordan Mills, the fifth-rounder. It was interesting to listen to Kromer as he carefully avoided talking about a specific lineman and discussed the group as a whole.

    The Bears will not come out and say it but they don't have: Barring something unforeseen, Long and Mills will be opening-day starters Sept. 8 against the Bengals. They certainly didn't demote J'Marcus Webb and slash his base pay by more than 50 percent with the idea of him being back in the huddle. Coach Marc Trestman was optimistic last week about Jonathan Scott getting back on the field this week after his sore right knee was drained, but that has not materialized.

    Long is practically locked in and Mills is there because the Bears like his upside and, well, there aren't any appealing options.

    "They have to continue their development as well as the offensive line in general," Kromer said. "There's a lot of development that needs to be done yet. Luckily we have two or three weeks left before we play (the Bengals) and it's important we keep working each day."

    How is Kromer going to keep coaching with his voice breaking?

    "I have sign language," he quipped.

    Health beat: Running back Armando Allen returned from a hamstring injury and did limited work. But the list of injured players otherwise remained unchanged. Defensive tackle Henry Melton (concussion), wide receiver Earl Bennett (concussion), middle linebacker D.J. Williams (right calf), defensive end Cheta Ozougwu (hamstring), defensive tackle Corvey Irvin (left ankle), fullback Harvey Unga (rib), long snapper Pat Mannelly (rib), quarterback Matt Blanchard (left hand) and Scott were out.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...o-line-bears-chicago-20130821,0,5793395.story
     
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    That means Garza is still our center. *sigh*

    I'm sorry, but I really don't wanna see him anywhere near the starting line.

    LT: Bushrod, Webb
    LG: Long, Britton
    C: Slauson, Garza
    RG: Brown, Williams
    RT: Mills, Scott

    PS: AJ Lindeman, PJ Lonergan, Taylor Boggs, Corey Brandon.

    Much better oline than last year imo.
     
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    Oh well, guess we'll need to trust Kromer's judgment.
     
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    Forte endorses rookie right side of line
    August, 21, 2013
    2:40 PM CT

    By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman said Wednesday "it's safe to say" that the team is set for the regular-season opener at center, left guard and left tackle, with the right guard and tackle spots still up for grabs.

    Shortly after, running back Matt Forte gave a strong endorsement to rookies Kyle Long and Jordan Mills for the starting jobs at right guard and right tackle.

    Long and Mills made their first start together on the right side of the line last week against the San Diego Chargers, and will start again Friday when the Bears face the Oakland Raiders. Running behind the duo during a three-play stretch on the goal line in the first quarter, Forte gained 11 yards on three carries and scored a 3-yard touchdown before finishing the game with 74 yards on eight attempts.

    "They did a great job," Forte said. "If we can get that push off the ball at the line of scrimmage, I can basically just use my vision in the zone blocking scheme and we'll be fine in the running game. They're doing a good job. I'm really impressed, especially by [sixth-round pick] Jordan [Mills]. I didn't even notice him in OTAs because we didn't have pads on. But he's stepped up during camp and has been doing a great job."

    Long and Mills are competing for starting spots against veterans James Brown and J'Marcus Webb at right guard and right tackle, respectively.

    The fact that the Bears consider the third preseason game at Oakland on Friday a dress rehearsal for the regular season bodes well for Long and Mills in their bids to start the regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
     
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    Liking the sound of Long & Mills more & more.
     
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    While I'm sympathetic to your position (Garza is overpaid and not that good) and could easily see that lineup for next year (with Slauson at C), there's enough transition on the OL right now. Brown hasn't had a great camp/PS from what I've read so plugging him in at G is a little premature right now. And Slauson, who has held down LG well, hasn't had enough reps yet to move to the middle.
     
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    I agree, although like many, I don't like it. Right now, Garza is our best option.
     
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    I'm not a big Garza fan & I hope will upgrade at center next year but I think he'll be ok this year due to being surrounded with better players.
     
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    My longshot call of the year......Garza gets hurt and Slauson slides over.....Brown takes Slauson's old spot......and we then see the line of the future. Well at least for the rest of the year.
     
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    I don't love Garza but think he'll be solid enough to lead the young guys on the O-Line with the help of Bushrod and Slauson.

    BearDown
     
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