It is official: Ron Turner, you are an idiot.
If there were any doubters of this observation, Turner silenced them this past week as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator came out and made several head-scratching comments to Chicago Tribune reporter Vaughn McClure:
"Everyone's talking about the offensive line, and I have no idea why. I like our offensive line. Got good players, good depth."
"We've got a good offensive line... They're good football players. They're playing well. And collectively, as an offense, we've got to do some things better."
...Did I miss something?
Hasn't Jay Cutler had zero time to throw the ball this year?
Hasn't Jay Cutler been sacked 11 times this season?
Aren't the Bears ranked 29th in rushing?
How can anyone, much less the offensive coordinator of the team, claim that this line is anything but disappointing?
I realize he is trying to be confident and encouraging, but let us be realistic. The Bears finally have a "franchise" quarterback, but the line has allowed him to be hit on every third drop back.
While the defense has been terrible at times, the offensive line is the single biggest problem for this team.
And just because you say that they have to improve does not mean you can spend the rest of the time talking about how good they are...THEY'RE NOT GOOD!
Orlando Pace and Olin Kreutz are old. Roberto Garza is no spring chicken either. Chris Williams has done alright but is still learning the position and Frank Omiyale has been nothing short of a disaster.
Thankfully, they have announced that Josh Beekman, the starter from last year, will be taking over at left guard. But he won't make everything sunshine and daisies!
Ron Turner needs to snap back to reality and start figuring out ways to make his line's play less important. Move the pocket, run draws, run screens and implement roll-outs and bootlegs.
The offensive line is bad. Turner needs to cut the delusions and do his job by trying to mask their deficiencies through his play calling.
Bear Down or get out already.