Offensive line will continue to progress under Tice

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For the Bears to have any success on offense, the offensive line needs to protect Jay Cutler and open up running lanes for Matt Forte and Chester Taylor. As part of their big offseason, the Bears brought in former Minnesota Vikings head coach, Mike Tice. Tice will always be known for his "Randy Ratio" when he was the Vikings head coach, referring to getting Randy Moss the ball as many times as possible. He is also known to be one of the top offensive line coaches.

Most Bears fans wonder if left tackle Chris Williams is the real deal and if Frank Omiyale will have better success at right tackle. Here's what Tice said about the bookend tackles on ChicagoBears.com: 
What are your impressions of left tackle Chris Williams? 
I thought last night he was one of the guys who was very solid. He had good sets for the most part. He's working hard and keeping that left hand up. I thought he stayed more vertical than he did at any point last year, and competed well. I think right now his pad level in the run game was actually solid. I thought he had a good first night, and I think he has the ability to be whatever he wants to be. I'd like to see a little more tenacity there, but we can't change people's makeup. Just because I'm a turd doesn't mean that all the players are going to be that way. I liked his start. He was one of the guys that I singled out in the room as starting out pretty good [Saturday] night."

Is Frank 

Omiyale better suited to play right tackle like he is this season or left guard like he did last year? 
I thought he was out of position for the most part at left guard. I felt he kind of had two seasons. He played early, sat a few games and then played late. I thought the second part he played better and got better. In fact, I felt the whole line got better as the season went on. 
Why he is Omiyale better at right tackle? 
He's got great quickness and a long reach. He's got the ability to change direction and to close inside moves if he's out there on an island, which he might be in the offense that we're putting in. He could be out there on an island some at right tackle. So that's what he's got.

 

You might think that Tice is reciting company lines but he does know what he's talking about when it comes to coaching the offensive line. If there's any indication of how the Bears o-line will perform, look at how they progressed during the 2009 season. With Tice's background and offensive line pedigree we should expect the o-line to be a solid unit.  

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