TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07: Olin Kreutz #57 of the Chicago Bears get ready to snap the ball against the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on November 7, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Olin Kreutz
With right guard Roberto Garza back in the line-up, the Bears offensive line found consistency on Sunday. They also had one of their best performances of the season, giving up just one sack and allowing the Bears to run for 105 yards. Could this be the offensive line the Bears have been looking for?
Jerry Angelo has preached that consistency as the key to an offensive line. Though he's right, it's not the only important aspect of a successful offensive line. Size and skill are factors that shouldn't be overlooked, especially as Angelo moves forward with the Bears O-line. (Hint: DRAFT BO THRAN.)
But teamwork and familiarity are integral to the line's success. Olin Kreutz and Garza have been playing together for five years, and can easily tell when the other is having problems or needs a hand.
The only way Chris Williams, J'Marcus Webb and Frank Omiyale are going to get the same level of ease is for them to stick with this line. Offensive line coach (and former Vikings head coach) Mike Tice should see that what he has going works, and not try to fix it any more.