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While the pretty boys are getting all of the attention in the Chicago Bears' offensive makeover, line coach Mike Tice is working quietly to improve a group that was at the crux of last season's problems. Tice has been asked to accomplish that goal with existing personnel, and on Sunday, he offered a status report on most of the individuals involved.
Here are some excerpts of his comments:
On right tackle Frank Omiyale, whom Tice has yanked from two drills for jumping offsides
TiceTice: "He's got a great quickness and long reach. He's got the ability to change direction and close inside moves if he's out there on an island -- which he might be in the offense we're putting in. He could be out there on an island some for a right tackle. So that's what he's got."
On left tackle Chris Williams
Tice: "I thought [Saturday] night he was one of the guys that was very solid. He had good sets for the most part. He is working hard to keep his left hand up. ... I think he has the ability to be whatever he wants to be. Would like to see a little more tenacity there, but we can't change people's makeups. But I liked his start. He was one of the guys that I singled out in the [offensive line meeting] room as starting out pretty good."
On guard/center Josh Beekman
Tice: "Another guy that I singled out that I thought ... had a solid night. He did a lot of good things, not only at guard but at center, too. Josh, I did single him out for having good pad level, but then again he's only 4-11." [Laughs.]
Tice: "He smiles all the time. Doesn't say much. And he's funny. Johan goes like this all the time: 'Yes, coach.' Every time he does that, I picture Dave saying [in a deep voice], 'Ok Mike.' Johan had a little rough start [Saturday] night, but he'll be OK."
Tice: "In my opinion he is battling with the right guard for the right spot. We keep talking about the left guard spot, I think we have other areas where we're having competition at. Lance was another guy whose start I liked. He's very aggressive. He's big. He's smart. He knocked people around [Saturday] night. He made some mistakes. ... I thought for a guy that hasn't really played a lot of football, he went out there and didn't show nay fear and competed."
On center Olin Kreutz
Tice: "I just think there are some things that he's let lapse, technique-wise. I've pointed that out and he's going to work on that. If he does that and he holds up, and I'm smart with him and don't overwork him, then I think he can [return to Pro Bowl status]. I think he has some juice left."
While the pretty boys are getting all of the attention in the Chicago Bears' offensive makeover, line coach Mike Tice is working quietly to improve a group that was at the crux of last season's problems.