Tauscher bigger challenge for Ogunleye

December, 10, 2009
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AP Photo/Paul SancyaMark Tauscher re-signed on Oct. 12 and has solidified the right tackle spot for Green Bay.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Bears left defensive end Adewale Ogunleye destroyed Packers right tackle Allen Barbre in their Week 1 matchup, recording two sacks and a tackle for a loss. Fast forward exactly three months, and Barbre is listed as third string, replaced in the Green Bay starting lineup by veteran Mark Tauscher, who re-signed by the Packers on Oct. 12.

"Tauscher is a veteran. I don't think he's in shape yet, honestly," Ogunleye said. "I think on Sunday that'll be a match-up that we are looking to win."

Actually, it's a matchup the Bears must win. Tauscher had offseason ACL surgery on his left knee and was out of football until re-joining Green Bay in the fall. However, many observers feel the addition of Tauscher is a major reason Green Bay's offensive line has improved in recent weeks.

"Honestly, I think the biggest difference is that they're protecting the quarterback," Hunter Hillenmeyer said. "They brought Tauscher back, and it looks like their old offensive line. "

Ogunleye needs to produce in back-to-back weeks, something the veteran has struggled to do this season. All six of his sacks have come in just four games. If the Bears can't pressure Aaron Rodgers, they don't have a very good shot at winning.

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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