Bears set offensive line, for the most part

The Chicago Bears have settled on their starting offensive line, subject to it not stinking it up during preseason.

Offensive coordinator Mike Martz said he is ready to give it a go with the formation the team first rolled out a week ago during a practice at Soldier Field. Veteran Roberto Garza, who has made 64 consecutive starts at right guard, will move to left guard. Lance Louis, a seventh-round draft pick who didn’t play last season, will play right guard. Former first-round draft pick Chris Williams will man left tackle and Frank Omiyale, the left guard a year ago, will play right tackle. Olin Kreutz will anchor the line at center in his 13th season.

“We are going to give them a chance to play together and see how it works out," Martz said. “They've gotten remarkably better because of consistency and they're good players. I can't tell you enough how much work has gone into that group and what a good job (line coach) Mike (Tice) has done with them. That is a physical group. It's fun to watch them.”

Tice has been charged with pretty much reshaping a unit with the same parts from a year ago. The biggest question marks are Louis and Omiyale. Williams and Omiyale must play at a high level with all of the deep drops that quarterback Jay Cutler will be asked to make in Martz’s scheme. When the quarterback can’t be protected in the Martz offense, we’ve seen what happens. It temporarily halted the career of Kurt Warner.

Louis isn’t fazed by the opportunity, a rare one because the Bears haven’t had much luck with homegrown linemen in the Jerry Angelo era.

"I've still got a lot to do," Louis said. "It ain't all set in stone or anything like that. I feel like I have way more work to do. It's never a celebration.”

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