Good chance if you're reading this, you agree with the headline. J'Marcus Webb is the punching bag of Bears fans, now more than ever with Lovie Smith jettisoned.
Bears recently traded away backup OG Gabe Carimi and there was not one, but two stories at the Trib. Carimi played at RT and by all objective accounts (Football Outsiders, Pro Football Focus), he was terrible. He didn't get much better ratings at guard either. This is when he actually played and wasn't injured. Chris Williams, part 2.
Bears fans have responded by saying they got rid of the wrong guy:
Dave André · Top Commenter · Works at The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago
I would think they would have kept Carimi and gotten rid of Webb. Maybe the Bears know something about Carimi that we don't. I'd like to see the Bears use some extra picks and trade up in next years draft.
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Rico Muscatel · Follow · Top Commenter · Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
They didn't give him a chance to come back from the knee injury. He would have been better than the pot head Webb at RT and he will prove to be a solid lineman for many years in the league. Bears blew it with Carimi.
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Stud: I never thought I’d see the day where not only would J’Marcus Webb (-0.8) not be the weak link on this line, but also be the most consistent performer. He took a huge step forward this year in becoming an adequate left tackle. You can win football games with them.
- According to one objective source that watches every play (you didn't), Webb is a solid performer.
- Webb was the most consistent performer on the offensive line. Yes, it's a bad line, but you start by replacing your worst performers, not your best ones.
- Webb should do even better being switched over to the right side, where his massive size will be more of an strength, and his inability to block speed rushers will be less of a weakness.
- 2011. In 2011, the Bears offensive line was the worst in the league and no one player personified this like Webb. As Cutler dropped back 7 steps and let his 4 receivers run long-developing, Mike Martz-styled routes, the defensive end would run around Webb and cream Cutler over, and over, and over again. Defensive players pretty much ran over or around every member of the Bears' line that year, but the left tackle gets the spotlight.
- The first Packers game of 2012. On Thursday Night Football, in front of a national audience, Webb fell on his face. Bears gave up 7 sacks, 3 to steroid-freak Clay Matthews. The whole line sucked that night but again, Webb gets the majority of the ire.
- The pot bust. Many of us wish we could play in the NFL and the very idea that someone would do anything to jeopardize the opportunity strikes some of us as unfathomable, let alone something illegal and in many of our minds, stupid and unavoidable. In my own mind, it's a lifestyle choice that should be legal, but getting busted doesn't say good things about Webb's intelligence or focus on his career.