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Roberto Garza: Unheralded Leader of the Chicago Bears' Offensive Line

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 07: Roberto Garza #63 of the Chicago Bears blocks Daryl Smith #52 of the Jacksonville Jaguars on December 7, 2008 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jaguars 23-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Benjamin MiraskiContributor IMay 27, 2009

Roberto Garza has been a fixture on the offensive line for the Bears since coming over from the Atlanta Falcons in 2005. The starting right guard, Garza has become leader within the veteran unit.

That squad has drawn fire for its protection over the past few seasons and the success of the line will be crucial to the Bears with their new offense.

The gregarious Garza would make for a great feature, especially since the offensive linemen are overlooked heroes on the gridiron.

Given the chance, here is a list of questions that Garza would take during my interview.

 

2009 Offense

1. What is going to be the biggest change for the offensive line in 2009 with Jay Cutler at quarterback compared to last season with Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman?

2. The Bears finished in the middle of the pack in terms of sacks allowed last season, and that wasn’t good enough for many fans. What improvements are we going to see this season to better that mark?

3. The line is now a mix of long-time veteran starters and a number of young rookies.  What responsibility do you have to help the young players adjust to the NFL and improve the depth?

4. How much of your role now is that of a coach?

5. What is going to take to get the Bears back over the hump and into the playoffs? Back to the Super Bowl?

 

History

1. You have had the opportunity to play alongside one of the best centers in the game with Olin Kreutz. What have you learned from Kreutz during that time that has helped to improve your game?

2. In your time in the NFL, what is the memory that sticks with you?

3. What is your greatest achievement so far in your career?

4. Who was your favorite player growing up? What do you do in your career to emulate them?

5. Describe your ultimate play.

6. What goals do you have for yourself going into this season? For the remainder of your career?

Background

1. You came to the NFL from Division II.  Based on what you have learned over the past seven seasons, how different is the adjustment from Division II to the NFL as compared to Division I?

2. How prepared were you for the rigors of the NFL from your time at Texas A&M–Kingsville?

3. Is there added pressure on you to succeed being one of less than 20 Hispanic players in the NFL?

4. What will it take to increase interest in the Hispanic community and create more players?

5. You made the cover of the Madden ’09 Spanish edition. Could you describe what that meant to you, being recognized in that way?

6. Do you worry about the Madden jinx?

 

Quick Hits

In one or two words, react to the following:

1. Twitter
2. The Green Bay Packers
3. Favorite post-game meal
4. Best Mexican food in Chicago
5. Best Tex-Mex in Chicago
6. Best Texas BBQ anywhere
7. Playing for a team with a long history like the Bears

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