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They have to develop continuity together, letting a group of five guys work to form a single, disciplined wall of protection. Tice believes it can work, and he's done it before with the Minnesota Vikings.
But with injures taking their toll, the Chicago unit has had little time to come together except during meetings and team dinners.
And the Bears O-line should prepare for the Detroit D-line by hitting more than the buffet line.
Detroit boasts some serious talent in their defensive front already with Ndamukong Suh, Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. The Bears are lucky Nick Fairley is just now returning to practice. It seems unlikely he’ll be ready to play a full game on Monday night. That’s good news for the Bears; They need a break that doesn’t injure another lineman. But it still leaves plenty to worry about.
Gearing up to face Lions defensive star Ndamukong Suh, Bears RG/RT Lance Louis was respectful of his opponent.
“He’s a good player,” said Louis. “But every week, you’re going to line up against somebody like that. He’s human. He puts his pants on one leg at a time like everybody else. You’ve got to go out there and play your game. You can’t worry about the guy across from you. You’ve got to go execute your technique and the play that’s called. It’s the NFL. Everybody is strong inside.”
Like Coach Tice said, "At a certain point, guys have got to earn their checks.”
Considering the Bears offensive line, there should be plenty of opportunities.