Chicago Bears: Will the Bears' O-Line Be a Season-Long Issue?

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Chicago Bears: Will the Bears' O-Line Be a Season-Long Issue?
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The Chicago Bears offensive line has once again struggled to open the season.

Get used to seeing Jay Cutler take some hits Bears fans—it looks like the offensive line will be a problem all season long.

Chicago entered this year with high hopes for the line. Prior to the start of the season, head coach Lovie Smith told Larry Mayer of chicagobears.com:

"You look at every offensive line in the NFL and there aren't five All-Pro linemen there. We feel like our offensive line is as good as any other out there."

But after just a few short weeks, a very different picture has begun to form. Cutler has already been sacked 11 times this season, good for 28th in the league. He's been hurried and hit even more often, and it's rare that he gets time in the pocket to set and make a good throw.

Though fans are hoping that the line problems are just temporary, it's much more likely that they're here to stay. Here's why.

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