The latest piece from NFL analyst Ryan Van Bibber examines the offensive lines across the NFL. And the goods for the Chicago Bears is that they could not get much worse. The bad news is that they ranked No. 29:
That Jay Culter can still walk after last season is a minor miracle, with the deadly combination of Mike Martz' silly insistence on getting his passers killed and a leaky offensive line. The Bears have hopes pinned on a full season of health from Gabe Carimi in his second year. J'Marcus Webb has been one of the league's worst left tackles, allowing 24 sacks over the last two seasons.
Dane Noble of Windy City Gridiron also added that the allure of the Bears' position players become severely dulled by the threat of another offensive line collapse:
The bad news is that, while Cutler, Forte, Marshall, etc. are all sexy, the offensive line still has almost identical questions that they've had over the last several seasons. Jerry Angelo believed in more of a plug-and-play mentality, even though he did end up selecting OL in the first round of the 2012 and 2008 NFL Drafts (Carimi and Williams, respectively). Unfortunately, each of those selections went down in their rookie year, and Williams has been inconsistent since then to say the least.
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