Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Bears settling their offensive line
By Kevin Seifert
Based on offensive coordinator Mike Martz's weekly meeting with reporters, there is some good news and bad news happening with the Chicago Bears' offensive line. Because we're always wholesome and positive on this blog, we'll start with the good news.
Martz said he expects Roberto Garza to remain at left guard and Lance Louis to man the right guard position throughout the preseason and possibly beyond. That arrangement is preferable to me if the other option is to rotate a bunch of candidates at both positions over the next few weeks. The Bears have picked out their best two guards and will give them every opportunity to lock down their jobs while developing chemistry with their teammates throughout the next four weeks.
The plan could backfire if either Garza or Louis can't hold down the job and Martz is forced to make a last-minute change before the regular season begins. But based on the available options, I like the idea here.
Now, the bad news.
Martz said right tackle Frank Omiyale is "not where he needs to be," although he expressed confidence Omiyale would get there before the season starts. My response: He better. Right now, Omiyale's backup is rookie J'Marcus Webb. I would imagine Kevin Shaffer could slide back to right tackle if needed, but he's probably best suited as a multi-position backup at this point.
Omiyale struggled last season at left guard, and the assumption has been that he was a more natural right tackle. If not, Omiyale will qualify as one of the biggest free agent busts in recent NFC North history.