We noted during Saturday night’s Bills-Bears game that Buffalo linebacker Shawne Merriman looked great. The flip side of that is that Chicago left tackle J’Marcus Webb, who was blocking Merriman, looked terrible.
In addition to beating Webb for a sack of his own, the pressure Merriman caused by beating Webb on another play set up a sack for rookie Marcell Dareus. Webb was also flagged for holding Merriman.
After the game, Webb said it was simple: Merriman was playing harder than he was.
“Maybe individually I didn’t match his intensity,” Webb said. “I have to take a look at the film. He came out as if we were in the regular season and obviously I didn’t. I’ve got to get a little bit better.”
For the Bears, the performance of their offensive line has to be a concern. From what we can tell in one preseason game, the line that needed to get better this season isn’t any better at all.