Avoiding the OL 'shuffle'

Avoiding the OL 'shuffle'

September 9, 2013, 9:15 am
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The Bears had two important words from their Week 1 victory: 'No sacks'.

Nowhere on the Bears roster has there been a bigger turnover than on the offensive line. With only Roberto Garza returning among starters, the group up front displayed what could be a strength of the team before the season ends.

Facing one of the best defensive fronts while keeping your quarterback safe and clean is a tall task. But the Bears managed that, partly due to good schemes and play calling by head coach Marc Trestman. The importance of the quick passing game can't be overlooked and it clearly took pressure off the big players up front.

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Rookies Kyle Long and Jordan Mills showed why they earned starting spots. They may not get another test like that all season and they held up in their very first start.

If there is an area of improvement that will help the line and the offense as a whole, it's getting more production from the running game. Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined for just 65 yards on 25 carries, but they did get the yards when they mattered most. However, the average per carry will need to increase to keep opposing defenses honest.

It was a good start and proof that the Bears may finally avoid the weekly shuffle along the offensive line that was seen in years past. These five should be locked in place.

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