Jay Cutler has been sacked 156 times during his stay here in Chicago. He's played in games where by halftime the opposing team had 10 sacks. He's faced injury problems with concussions and has taken some brutal hits over the last few years by some of the hardest hitting lineman in the league.
The Chicago Bears needed a change of personnel on the offensive line, and this offseason they brought in four new lineman to give Cutler the help he needs. And with the news of J'Marcus Webb being waived this morning the Bears will officially have four new starters in front of Cutler this season.
For most teams, this would be a major concern coming into the season but for the Bears this is a major upgrade and has given the offense a new base to run behind. The Bears signed veteran, Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod to a multi-year deal, and gave guard Matt Slauson a one-year deal. The Bears will also have two rookie lineman starting for them Week One against the Bengals.
Now this is the one area that I have concern in. Despite how well Mills and Long have looked in preseason and in camp, there are no guarantees when comes to rookies going into Week One. Most teams will shy away from relying on rookies right away and let them ease into their role with a team but Trestman and Kromer are taking a gamble with Mills and Long.
Both guys have absolutely earned their starting spots and the backup guards and tackles aren't players you can necessarily rely on from snap to snap. It's a calculated risk and a risk the Bears are willing to take.
The one player left from the 2012 line is Roberto Garza, who was arguably the worst player on the line last season. The Bears could have drafted or signed a center but they decided to stick with the veteran Garza. Garza will have to be a leader this season, and help get these rookies through the first stretch of games this season.
J'Marcus Webb tweeted this morning:
Good bye, Chicago! I gave you 3 years of me.
— J'Marcus Webb (@jmarcuswebb) August 30, 2013
The Webb saga ends with an abysmal performance against Cleveland and a series of tweets. Webb improved throughout the 2012 season, but overall was a large reason the Bears could never accomplish what they set out to do. Webb was a seventh-round pick out of West Texas A&M.
However, he never developed into that solid starter, and the coaching staff maybe had too high expectations of him. He had to improve coming into the season to make this team and he obviously did not.
J'Marcus Webb will look for a job elsewhere, Gabe Carimi has (reportedly) earned himself a starting spot at guard for the Buccaneers, Lance Louis was cut and his contracted was terminated with the Miami Dolphins, and Chris Spencer has a guard spot in Tennessee. The Bears will start from scratch in 2013.
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