Jay Cutler has concerns about the offensive line
Jay Cutler was sacked just five times in the last five games he played in 2011.
But the Chicago Bears quarterback knows the offensive line, even with the departure of former offensive coordinator Mike Martz, is a question mark for the team.
“The offensive line is definitely going to be a concern,'' Cutler said, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, "and seeing where those guys fit in and seeing what five we go with. You know, if Gabe (Carimi) comes back, if J'Marcus (Webb) pans out (and) Chris Williams, where we're going to put him … there are some question marks there. Until we really get that resolved, get our front five settled, we've got some work to do on the offense.”
Carimi has yet to get back on the field following surgery on his right knee in late December. The hope is he is back before the mandatory veteran minicamp next month. Williams, who has made 20 starts at left guard over the last two seasons, will most likely be moving back to tackle where he could push Webb for the starting job. Things on the interior are up in the air too with the only position settled being center where Roberto Garza is.
Will dumping Martz for Mike Tice solve issues? Tice is a line coach who won’t expose those players as often as the renegade Martz did.
“It helps,'' Cutler said. “It's not a cure-all by any means. They're still going to be asked to protect. There are going to be times it's third-and-8, it's third-and-10, we're going to have to take seven steps, we're going to have to have a longer route, and they're going to have to protect.'”
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