If there was one roster “surprise” over the weekend it may be that the Bears kept nine offensive linemen after indications from coordinator Aaron Kromer that the team would probably go with eight. Kromer didn’t mis-speak or mislead, however.
Indeed, one of the ripple effects from the deterioration of J’Marcus Webb’s play was that Webb had been the designer swing-tackle, with experience at both right and left. When he bombed out, the Bears needed insurance at left tackle.
Eben Britton works at both guard and right tackle. James Brown is insurance at both guard spots. And Taylor Boggs was kept as the only true option behind veteran Roberto Garza.
But the only player who offered depth at both tackle positions was Jonathan Scott, out for most of preseason with a knee strain and subsequent surgery. The Bears clearly were considering that for some time, and it was Scott who worked at left tackle in training camp when Jermon Bushrod was hobbling around in a walking boot.
“[The Bears and Scott] had conversations even before the injury,” Scott said. “I just knew I had to handle my business and be ready to play. I had to fight through this injury and rehab as much as I can. Everything’s been progressing well.”