Biggs: Williams will man left tackle for Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill.—The future is now for the Chicago Bears on the offensive line.
One of the most disappointing units for the team this season will get a makeover Sunday when they host the St. Louis Rams at Soldier Field as Chris Williams will be moved to left tackle to fill in for Orlando Pace, who will not face his former team as he nurses a groin muscle injury. Williams was drafted in the first round in 2008 as the blind side protection the organization wanted to lock in place foe a decade. He went down with a back injury on the second day of training camp last summer, and required surgery that essentially wiped out his rookie season.
Williams was moved to right tackle after the Bears signed Pace April 2, and he’s started 11 games there this season with mixed results. The team hopes that his athletic ability will make him a natural at left tackle. Pace might miss a few weeks, and it’s unknown what the team will do when he’s healthy. If Williams excels, he might just stay at left tackle.
It will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Ron Turner devises the blocking schemes against the Rams, whose best pass rusher Leonard Little lines up at left end. Turner elected to help Williams at Minnesota last week with chips, leaving Pace on an island vs. Jared Allen. Veteran Kevin Shaffer will step in at right tackle.
“For the most part we stick with what we do,’’ Turner said. “But you’re always aware of who’s in there at all positions. So, yeah, you’re always aware of that and you may do some things a little bit differently, but for the most part we’re going to run our offense.’’
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