Posted by Andy Benoit
If you don’t care about the Bears offensive line…well, you should. It’s the key to Mike Martz’s system. The wide open, deep-throwing, risk-taking system frequently calls for five-and seven-step drops for the quarterback and slow developing deep routes for the wide receivers. This puts a heavy burden on the pass-blocking.
That’s why it’s big news when the Bears move longtime right guard Roberto Garza to the left side and insert untested Lance Louis into Garza’s old spot. And it’s especially big news when Martz says that right tackle Frank Omiyale is “not where he needs to be”.
He’s got that right. Where Omiyale truly “needs to be” is on the bench. But the Bears are intent on making the journeyman veteran a starter. Last season, they converted him to left guard, only to find that his lack of lower-body strength was a bigger problem inside than outside. Because Kevin Shaffer always seems to be playing in snow boots, Omiyale still projects to be the starting right tackle. But Bears fans have every reason to be concerned.
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