There had been hopes that the Bears made enough additions in the offseason to improve their offensive line from last season. They brought in three veterans in Manny Ramirez — who retired shortly thereafter — Ted Larsen and Bobby Massie and drafted Cody Whitehair.
Then, prior to the regular season they signed Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton, formerly of the Green Bay Packers.
But just two games into the 2016 season, the offensive line looks almost worse than it did last year.
Long and Sitton form one of, if not the best tandem of guards in the NFL — when healthy. But Long is still battling the effects of a shoulder injury and is not 100%.
At center, Whitehair is struggling with the position change and taking his lumps as a rookie but may show signs of becoming a viable NFL starter with more experience.
It’s outside at the tackle position where the Bears are hurting the most. Massie and Charles Leno are allowing too much pressure come off the edges and get into Jay Cutler’s face. The Bears pass game is struggling because of it.
The strength of the Bears’ line is the ground game as Sitton, Long and Massie are supposed to be road graders. But through two games, the team ranks just 25th in the league in rushing with little signs of life to come.