Bears move Roberto Garza to look at Lance Louis
New Chicago Bears assistant coach Mike Tice has been charged with the task of revamping the offensive line with pretty much the same parts the team had a year ago.
That doesn’t mean he is leaving them all in the same position. Chris Williams, who closed last season at left tackle, will begin this year right there. Frank Omiyale, who made 12 starts in 2009 at left guard, has been moved to right tackle. Six-time Pro Bowl performer Olin Kreutz will remain a fixture at center but Tice is juggling the guard positions.
Most recently, he has moved Lance Louis to right guard with the first team, kicking veteran Roberto Garza across to left guard. Louis, a seventh-round draft pick from San Diego State last year, is athletic at 6-3, 305 pounds, and Tice said he’s capable of playing at left guard and right tackle too.
Gazra has started 64 consecutive games at right guard, but has experience at left guard. Johan Asiata and Josh Beekman had been competing at left guard. Nothing is set in stone yet, but the Bears would certainly like to have their starting five settled before the second preseason game so it can get some work together before the big outing – the third preseason outing. Stay tuned.
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