Is it or me or is the Offensive Line still a major worry?

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  1. JPosh2012

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    Folks,

    We are hearing about how the Left Side of the Defensive Line has been doing decent as of late BUT the real problem is the Right Side of the line. Is it me or is it time to start worrying about the Offensive Line? It seems like Webb is still stinking up the place as usual and while Long is doing good in 1 on 1 drills he is doing really bad in the 11 on 11 drills plus with Garza as old as Jurrassic Park and the way he played last year we can't count on him to help them out. Am I over reacting or am I right to be worrying about the O-Line.
     
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    No, you're not over-reacting. I am still majorly worried about the O-line.

    I heard the same thing you have about Long with 11 on 11s. Hopefully it's rookie lack of knowledge and his rawness but that he can be quickly coached up.

    Webb is back to his typical suckfest, though with his tweet about going dark maybe the coaches finally got through to him, although I fear it's too little too late.

    What really has me worried though is that I'm hearing Slauson isn't doing so well either.

    Haven't heard a word on Garza, so I'm hoping that's good.

    preseason game Friday night... we'll know better then what this line is really like.
     
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    I will worry when its the last game of the preseason and the starting 5 play 4 quarters. ITS SO EARLY....that there really is nothing to worry about in terms of the play of these guys. Guys are still getting all the rust off and it goes without saying that some guys don't go very hard during the preseason. At least not the guys that know they have a starting spot locked up.
     
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    If it mirrors the pre-season of 2010 then I'll be very worried. But I think it will start out slightly better than last season and improve thereon.
     
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    Worry may be too strong a word JPosh, but I would say that you are right to be aware and concerned. I remember during the off season arguments that some of us weren't sold on the the whole "O-line is fixed" thing. There is a huge difference between allocating resources to a problem (The O-Line for example) and that problem actually being fixed. When the process of fixing the O-Line started, I figured that it would take more than one year. Think two years, maybe three, allowing that something doesn't work out the first try. I figure the Bears are right on schedule at the moment.

    Mr. D is right about this much though, there is no way to be certain either way until the season starts. It is too early to panic. Not yet....
     
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    No, you're not wrong to be concerned. It's been an area of huge weakness for years and its not gonna be turned into a strength quickly. I expect some very rough performances in the preseason and even early in the RS. If we can get to DECENT by October, I'll be ok with that.

    Webb is his usual self it seems. Like he doesn't seem to get serious until Halloween. This year his job is actually on the line and its his contract year so if he doesn't pull his head out of his ass in PS, he prob loses the starting position to Britton. This isn't Camp Lovie anymore where his "competition" was basically a wink and a nod.

    I do expect Long to struggle at first due to lack of experience. Kromer needs to get him up to speed technique wise as fast as possible. But, remember, Brown isn't that much further along the learning curve so Long STARTS IMO as he should being a 1st round pick. It wouldn't shock me at all to see Garza supplanted at Center sometime this year by Slauson, with Brown taking over LG. This is Garza's last year either way.

    Other than Bushrod, who knows Kromer's scheme already anyway from NO, I hope they work these guys a lot in the PS games. I'm not panicked, but the OL is still an "issue".
     
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    JP. without having seen them play and Bushrod not able to take all reps, I'd say it is still a big unknown. I am not sure it is a MAJOR concern, but it is not fixed yet. How big a problem it is will surface after a few games against good teams.
     
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    I think we are all a little gun shy when it comes to the O line.
     
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    Of course its worrisome, until they actually get out there and prove otherwise. Its going to take a few years to get it to be respectable, but so long as it is better than last year, then that is a good thing. Just keep making it better each year.
     
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    I agree with Jimmors. Hopefully the Bears are making the O line better. I'm interested to see how they fair in Friday's preseason game. I honestly hope they are better then last year with the new editions to the line.
     

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