With Olin Kreutz now gone to the Saints, the Bears are looking for a player to step in his place as one of the team's leader.
While I named a few Bears players that could naturally step into a leadership role, I didn't mention Roberto Garza.
From ChicagoBears.com, Garza talked about his opportunity:
“Olin has always been the guy and I’ve always sat back and watched what he’s done and I’m trying to do things the way he’s done by always trying to make the guys around you better.
“He played so much football and had so much knowledge that luckily for me I got a chance to play with him and learn from him. And now it’s time for me to share that knowledge and share everything that he taught me and try to continue his leadership role on the offensive line."
About calling out adjustments at the line Garza said:
“That’s the fun part of playing center. At guard I was spoiled; Olin made everything. Now it’s on my shoulders to go out there and get everybody squared away. It’s a learning process as well. I have to go out there and continue to learn and continue to see some of the looks at center that I haven’t seen playing guard.”
Even though the Bears signed former Seahawks center, Chris Spence, offensive line coach, Mike Tice, named the starting five. Garza was named as the starting center. The student replaces the teacher.