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The offensive line was the one area that was not majorly targeted in free agency this offseason. The coaching staff had decided that they were good enough with what they had and that they could win games with their personnel.
Now, that idea is seriously in jeopardy.
Anytime a team gives up seven sacks in one game, regardless of how long the quarterback holds onto the ball, something needs to be done.
This game was marred by sacks, interceptions and penalties—all to the fault of the offensive line.
At one point, Jay Cutler had called for a snap four times before a delay-of-game penalty was called; Roberto Garza, who is the starting center for the Chicago Bears, just wasn't paying attention to Cutler and missed the calls. An embarrassing penalty like that cannot happen if the team wants to win games and be a legitimate contender.
What did we learn from the offensive line on Thursday? A lot.
We learned that they need to become less sloppy with penalties, that they need to tighten up on the blocking part of the line and that they need to give Cutler the time he needs to make the right throws.