Bears-Jaguars preview: Protection and cohesiveness a must on offensive line
August 14th, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Last year the Bears offensive line was healthy and successful in protecting Jay Cutler and paving the way for Matt Forte and the run game. But thus far through a few weeks of training camp, there have been injuries to starters Kyle Long and Jordan Mills as well as lumps to several of the backups.
While it’s still early in the process, it’s a little disconcerting because if you have to worry about the health of the offensive line, you surely have to be concerned about the health of Cutler.
In these preseason games, we want to see success in the protection schemes. With opposing defenses mostly keeping the reigns on their attack dogs, starting quarterbacks should remain clean and unharmed. The last thing we want to see, in a season with so much hope and anticipation, is Cutler going down with an injury in a meaningless game.
One of the position battles I’m most interested in watching unfold is that at guard and backup offensive linemen. Aside from starters Matt Slauson and Long, the Bears have Michael Ola, James Brown, and swing-tackle Eben Britton battling for roster spots. Britton saw playing time last year in run packages and can also play guard. Competition breeds success and I like what I’m seeing from this group.