Various pundits decried the state of the offensive line and the need to upgrade a group that blocked for 2,015 rushing yards and three different 100-yard rushers in 2011.The Bears didnt see it that way. Not in the first round. Not in the second round. Not even in the third round, where they chose a safety (Brandon Hardin) who missed 2011 with a shoulder injury.Indeed, the Bears opted for special teams and depth at safety over a possible upgrade on the offensive line.They could have gone for quality on the offensive line in the first round, or the second round. Because only one guard and one tackle were selected inRound 3and neither of those until 12 picks after the Bears, its simply possible that they did not have anyone rated worth the third round.But the Bears could have gone for help at either tackle: Iowas Reilly Reiff (No. 23 to Detroit), Mitchell Schwartz from Cal (Round 2, 37th overall to Cleveland), Cordy Glenn from Georgia (41st overall to Buffalo), Jonathan Martin from Stanford (42nd to Miami) and Jeff Allen from Illinois (44th to Kansas City);Or guard: Stanford guard David DeCastro (No. 24 to Pittsburgh) or Amini Silatolu from Midwestern State (40th to Carolina).But the Bears went for Alshon Jeffery in the second round in part because they just arent panicked over left tackle or anywhere else up front.Again, we talked a little bit about the O-line and we feel good about our group,general managerPhil Emery reiterated. Obviously we want to continue to improve. We dont feel like were finished at any position but this was the best player on our board and this person added another dynamic playmaker to us that presented problems for our opponents.
As Bears quarterbacks begin learning Dowell Loggains’ offense, they’re also in a getting-to-know-you phase with each other.
While it’s not Mike Glennon’s job to develop Mitch Trubisky — that falls on Loggains and Dave Ragone — there does need to be some level of harmony from Glennon to Trubisky to Mark Sanchez to Connor Shaw in this unit. Coach John Fox is no fan of locker room drama, after all.
The energy Loggains brings to practice could help foster some of that unit-level cohesiveness. Whether it’s through practice competitions or his spirited coaching style, it’s helped keep things lively as the Bears move through their offseason program.
“He does a great job,” Glennon said. “He brings a lot of energy and he’s got that young personality that a lot of guys respond well to. It’s been great having him around along with a lot of other players and coaches, but he definitely does a great job bringing that energy.”
Shaw is the only holdover in the Bears’ quarterback room from last year, and even then, he suffered a season-ending injury during preseason play in August. The new guys are a 27-year-old signed to a $45 million contract, the No. 2 pick in the draft and a veteran who started two AFC Championship games.
Good chemistry in the quarterback room doesn’t guarantee success, but it’s something that probably can’t hurt, especially with the development of Trubisky underway. That the Bears have been emphatic in defining Glennon’s role — it’s his year — set the right tone, Ragone said earlier this month. Adding Loggains’ energy in practice seems to have had a positive effect already, too.
“With three new guys, they've worked very hard in the classroom and now finally we get to take it out on the field, so they're pretty enthusiastic themselves,” coach John Fox said. “And that's just Dowell's style.
“We have some pretty good guys in that room. Different levels of experience that have been there before and done it and that dynamic as far as being a good teammate and the relationship you have with that so I think that's why they handle it so well.”
On this edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden, John “Moon” Mullin and J.J. Stankevitz break down quarterback Mike Glennon’s first OTA workout and his session with the media.
Later, the guys discuss the Glennon/Mitch Trubisky dynamic, how the roster could look and the latest on the recent NFL rule changes, including tweaks to overtime and touchdown celebrations.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: