There are at least three changes I’d like to see the Bears make as soon as possible.
No. 1: Make Marion Barber the undisputed short-yardage/goalline back. It took just one series Saturday night to see that he is clearly a more effective runner than Chester Taylor, who was a tremendous disappointment last season and hasn’t looked any better in training camp or the first preseason game. At 28 years olds, Barber clearly has more gas in the tank than the 31-year-old Taylor.
No. 2: Move Roberto Garza from center back to right guard. It’s not that Garza cannot be a good center. He probably could get the job done if he needed to, but he’s a much better guard, having played his entire career there, with the exception of one game at center back in 2005. Garza is also a much better right guard than Lance Louis is at this stage of his career. Louis might one day be a solid NFL lineman, but it’s not now.
No. 3: Put Chris Spencer at center and leave him there for every snap with the first team between now and opening day, Sept. 11. Spencer has been a starting center for most of his previous six NFL seasons, and it’s ludicrous to have paid him $6 million for two years and not make him a starter. If he’s not good enough to start at center on this offensive line, then he certainly wasn’t worth $6 million, and the Bears should have ponied up the extra $500,000 it would have cost to keep Olin Kreutz.