(November 13, 2010 - Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)
Angelo did not discount offensive line despite drafting Gabe Carimi who is projected by pretty much everyone to be slated as the Bears future right tackle of the next ten plus years. “We still want to look at the offensive line,” Angelo said. Music to most Bears fans ears as the outcry still continued from the fan base for the Bears to bulk up on offensive linemen. I myself actually like the offensive guard prospects we have, and think that with offensive line guru Mike Tice aboard, he can whip the likes of Lance Louis, massive, but surprisingly agile Herman "House" Johnson, possible center of the future Edwin Williams fit the profile Tice loves in his linemen. Big, aggressive, and mean. Johan Asiata is also on the roster, but is undersized and a likely roster casualty. Its possible the Bears go for a Guard here, but no big names like Harvey Dahl of the Falcons, or the Panthers Ryan Kalil. A couple names Sean Jensen, Bears beat writer for the Chicago Sun Times offered, where Derrick Dockery who played left guard for the Redskins last season, and Kyle Kosier with the Cowboys as a swing guard.
The Bears, it appears, also will have Frank Omiyale possibly compete at LG with one of the aforementioned names, and Chris Williams who played the final eight games at left Guard, and did what I thought was a great job. Particularly in the run, and screen pass area with pulling out in the counter trey play, and getting to the second level. Now does this mean it'll stay that way? Who knows? One thing the Bears and Tice showed us last year is their flexibility and non hesitation to change things with the offensive line. Its unlikely but possible the Bears look at a veteran tackle to come in like Ryan Harris, Cutler ex teammate and right tackle, or even Matt Light who's aging, but available and did an admirable if not unspectacular job on the left side for the Patriots last season. With the addition of Draft pick Nate Solder he's an inevitable ex Patriot. This would mean they'd likely move Carimi to one of the guard spots. Perhaps even moving Chris Williams back to right guard, or even left guard, where most think that's where J'Marcus Webb will land.
So once again the offensive line situation will be THE biggest off season story. and will be interesting to see where all the moving parts settle going into the season opener. Unlike last season the Bears coaches all have stated emphatically that they want the offensive line's depth chart settled and in place from start to finish. Of course its not always about what we want, but what we have to work with, and making the best of it. Fortunately it looks like this offensive coaching staff is open minded, and unafraid to make bold, and necessary changes as it sees fit for the betterment of the team above players fragile egos.
Notable UFA's that fit in with the Bears power blocking man scheme are guys like Carl Johnson out of Florida. he's huge, 6'5" 360 plus, 36 1/2" arms 10 1/4" hands, and has a nasty mean streak and is big and strong as one would imagine. Not very athletic, but could serve his purpose as a back up Right guard/tackle. Other UFA offensive linemen to watch are Zachary Hurd Connecticut, who is mean and nasty and has great work ethic, and is a projected Guard. Jarriel King is another kid who I love who has the size,(6'5" 320 10 3/4 hands, 36 3/8 " arms), and the athleticism to play left Tackle, and may be a good back/up developmental player for the Bears to scoop up. He does come with some health concerns with an irregular heart beat.