If the Bears want to end their four-year postseason drought it's going to start and end with the play of their revamped defensive line.
Coaches typically adhere to dictums that the best five offensive linemen will start, the best four defensive linemen will start and so on, often with only marginal allowances for assigned position
Assigning significance or even much meaning to a first preseason game is sometimes a stretch.
Preseason games are the next step in sorting out who among Jonathan Bostic, Shea McClellin and D.J. Williams would be paired with Lance Briggs.
The Bears haven’t shuffled linebackers to the degree they have safeties this offseason and training camp, but it is a position group with multiple moving parts.