When the Bears and longtime center Olin Kreutz couldn’t come to terms on a deal, Chicago quickly snapped up former Seahawks first round pick Chris Spencer to play the position.
They gave him $6 million over two seasons, which is certainly a starter’s salary.
It looks like Spencer will start the year on the bench, however, after Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice announced the team’s starters on Sunday. Longtime guard Roberto Garza will instead start at center.
“Unless the five starting linemen falter, there are no changes,” said Tice via CSNChicago.com. “There’s no ‘competition.’ We have five guys in there and they’re the starters. We’re going to stay that way until something proves me wrong. . . . “Unless they falter, that’s who’s opening the season against Atlanta.”
The much-discussed line with have J’Marcus Webb at left tackle, Chris Williams at left guard, Garza at center, Lance Louis at right guard, and rookie Gabe Carimi at right tackle. The left side of the line has struggled in camp. Help isn’t coming.
Bears fans don’t want to hear it, but there are a lot of reasons why the team is likely to win fewer games this year. This offensive line facing a much tougher schedule is near the top of our list.