Bears could shift J'Marcus Webb to left tackle
The Chicago Bears are going to revamp their offensive line once they get to training camp, but it remains to be seen just how Mike Tice is going to shake things up.
The Bears will be expecting Gabe Carimi, their first-round draft pick from Wisconsin, to enter the mix quickly. Where is the question? He played five seasons for the Badgers at left tackle and some view him as a right tackle in the NFL.
Tice has said that J’Marcus Webb, who started 12 games as a rookie seventh-round pick last season, has all the tools to be a left tackle. But Webb got his experience at right tackle last season, so he’d have to be moved to the left side. It’s something Webb is hoping for, that much is certain, and it should be noted that Tice has adopted Webb as a prized pupil of sorts.
“I leave that (decision) to the coaching staff,” Webb told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. “Coach Tice is really good about putting guys in the right place. And I would love to be in that premier position, left tackle. I just want to contribute any place possible -- either left or right. I definitely don’t want to leave any doubt on the field. But I am ready; I’m prepared for anything they throw at me.”
The Bears led the league in sacks allowed last season, so a major improvement is expected. Webb didn’t come from a big program in West Texas A&M, but he played left tackle there and he started his college career at Texas. He’s certainly hoping to be a man on the move.
“You’ve got to have a little bit of attitude and you’ve got to have a little bit of aggression,” Webb said as he sat in a downtown Chicago hotel room. “You know, they have their best guys coming at you. But everybody in the league gets paid to do what they do best. So you’ve got to be the best. You’ve got to have, what is it? The eye of the tiger on that (left) side.”
The bottom line for Webb is he’s ready to get going at whatever position they want to put him at.
“I have been wanting to hit somebody here pretty soon,” he said. “I’m just real anxious. Kind of giddy.”
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