Keeping Williams at LT makes sense

December, 9, 2009
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Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesChris Williams figures to get every opportunity to win the starting left tackle job next season.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- It's probably a wise idea for the Bears to keep the offensive line status quo this week versus Green Bay -- Chris Williams at left tackle and Kevin Shaffer on the right side.

Moving Williams again makes no sense considering the former first-round pick is expected to be the Bears' starting left tackle in 2010. That should be a no-brainer. On the other side, Shaffer seems like a better choice to remain at right tackle because Orlando Pace is still working his way back from a groin injury.

"I think there's always room to improve, but I'm happy with the way I came out in the first game," Shaffer said before Wednesday's practice. "Just got to keep working on that technique, and keep working on that right side every day."

Although Shaffer did not play in that first meeting at Lambeau Field, he feels comfortable facing Green Bay's 3-4 defensive scheme -- which ranks No. 1 in total defense.

"That's kind of my background. I've been against a 3-4 a lot," Shaffer said. "I like going against a 3-4."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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