A durable Bears OL? It could happen

A durable Bears OL? It could happen
May 27, 2013, 6:00 pm
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More than the faces and places should be different on the Bears’ 2013 offensive line. For the first time since 2008 there exists the real expectation, rather than just the hope, that the same starting five on opening day will be the same for Game 16.

The four projected starters (giving J’Marcus Webb an edge on Jonathan Scott at right tackle) on the offensive line have started more than 40 straight games.

“I think as we continue to work the techniques that we’re trying to get across,” said offensive coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer, “we’ll come up with five guys we can trust, put them on the field and go.”

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That was the plan of Ron Turner, Mike Martz and Mike Tice before Kromer. Durability and incompetence, however, curtailed the “go” part of the plan.

“The past couple of years we’ve been having the same guys, but switching spots,” said running back Matt Forte, who’s had to adjust to changes in front of him. “Somebody that’s been playing tackle moves to guard, and moves on the other side at the other tackle.

“So it’ll be important to have five guys up there who start the whole year, and God forbid injuries, just stay on that set line and work together.”

Bad history

In any of the past four seasons the Bears have had no more than two offensive linemen start all 16 games:

2009

C Olin Kreutz
RG Roberto Garza

2010

C Olin Kreutz

2011

C Roberto Garza
LT J’Marcus Webb

 2012

C Roberto Garza
LT J’Marcus Webb

Other than right guard, where Long is expected to emerge as the starter as a rookie, the Bears project to start training camp and presumably the season with four starters who have not missed a start in at least two-and-a-half seasons.

Pos. -- Player (Consecutive starts)

RT -- J’Marcus Webb (44)

C -- Roberto Garza (41)

LG -- Matt Slauson (48)

LT -- Jermon Bushrod (60)

Kromer’s task includes building an internal fabric that, when it’s right, creates its own determination that no one wants to be the guy to miss a game.

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“It’s not a good feeling but it’s a tough sport and people get hurt every single day, even without pads on,” Bushrod said. “It’s about doing your job, keeping your feet moving and a little luck.”