Garza: O-line needs to get more physical

August, 11, 2012
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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Reviewing film of the Chicago Bears offensive line’s performance Thursday night against the Denver Broncos revealed what the unit thought in the immediate aftermath of the game, according to center Roberto Garza.

“We didn’t do a lot of things good,” he said. “So we have to learn from this. Obviously, this week of practice is important and the next game is (too).”

The Bears ran eight times in the first half Thursday night for 11 yards, gaining just 41 yards total as the offensive line allowed three sacks. Chicago took a vanilla approach offensively, which likely contributed to the club's ineffectiveness.

In addition, left tackle J'Marcus Webb and guards Edwin Williams and Lance Louis were flagged once each for false start penalties.

Right tackle Gabe Carimi mentioned the coaching staff wants to see more physicality from the offensive line.

Garza concurred, while expressing frustration about the line making the same mistakes Thursday night that plagued it during the 2011 season. In former offensive coordinator Mike Martz's scheme, the Bears gave up 49 sacks (fifth-most in the NFL) last season.

So it was expected the line would perform better in the new scheme of offensive coordinator Mike Tice, which emphasizes the running game and protecting the quarterback, in part, by eliminating five-man protections.

“When you’re physical, you give yourself a chance to win the game. We have to go out there and be physical and carry what we’re doing on the practice field to the game,” Garza said. “It’s still the first game of preseason. It’s still early in camp. Unfortunately, you think you cleaned (things) up and you think you’re past that, but obviously we’re not. We’re going to continue to work and continue to execute and work on our techniques.”

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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