O-line has work to do

O-line has work to do

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 21:15
First-round offensive tackle Chris Williams appears nowhere near close to returning to the practice field, let alone challenging for the starting job on the left side currently being occupied by John St. Clair, who has been a full-time starter in just two of his eight previous NFL seasons, the last time in 2004. Starting left guard Terrence Metcalf, who still has to prove that he belongs with the first team permanently, has missed the last two days of practice with a bruised knee. That has given first-team reps to Josh Beekman and Anthony Oakley, neither of whom is qualified to start. That scenario led a high-ranking member of the Bears' front office to admit, “We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do. This is definitely a work in progress.” He didn't sound optimistic while watching the patchwork offensive line during the Sunday afternoon practice, and with good reason. Olin Kreutz is still one of the better centers in the NFL, and right guard Robert Garza and right tackle John Tait are solid starters. The rest of the line doesn't appear capable of protecting the quarterback or establishing a running game.
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