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Webb has inside track at left tackle

Jay Cutler,  Antwan Barnes,  J'Marcus Webb AP

That sound you hear coming from the NFC North could be Bears fans groaning.  Or Vikings defensive end Jared Allen cackling.  Or perhaps both.

Per Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com, J’Marcus Webb appears to have the edge at left tackle for the Bears.

A pair of first-rounders currently are jockeying for position at right tackle, with Gabe Carimi the starter and Chris Williams the understudy.

Webb, a seventh-round pick in 2010, started 16 games in 2011 and 12 as a rookie.  In his most recent start, Webb gave up 3.5 sacks to Allen.

Maybe the plan for minimizing Allen’s sacks in 2012 will be for Webb to just tackle quarterback Jay Cutler before Allen can get to him.

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13 Responses to “Webb has inside track at left tackle”
  1. phuriousjorge says: Aug 5, 2012 11:25 PM

    Here’s to hoping that roll-outs and better schemes keep Cutler upright long enough to utilize the weapons he finally has!

  2. esplife03 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:35 PM

    hmmmm I was hoping for CW to finally mature into the player he was supposed to be, maybe we should move Carimi to LT and have these two jimbronees battle it out for RT……Webb has the physical ability to be pretty awesome, let’s see how much of a fire was lit under his ass this offseason

  3. fenrecords says: Aug 5, 2012 11:37 PM

    A different offense and a little experience under his belt will help Webb out a lot. He did get better as the season went on last year too. I have faith in Tice’s decision, especially with all the OL he put in the Pro Bowl while in Minnesota. Im not saying Webbs goin to the Pro Bowl, but I think he will be just fine.

  4. millerhour says: Aug 5, 2012 11:39 PM

    They have so many solid pieces in place, if the o-line underperforms it will be an extremely frustrating season to say the least.

  5. metalhead65 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:57 PM

    or maybe not having 19 step drops and allowing Cutler to call audibals and roll out will help to. again they Bears may not have all pro line but they did all right once martz was forced to run a balanced attack in both his years there.

  6. wyrdawg says: Aug 6, 2012 12:04 AM

    Chris isn’t jockeying for a position at RT. Carimi has it locked up. He’s learning the swing tackle position, in the (likely) event Gabe goes down with an injury.

    I’m more worried about MLB at this point and time.

  7. 1985bears says: Aug 6, 2012 12:10 AM

    That picture just about sums up the J’Marcus Webb experience thus far. I had to chuckle at it, even as a die- hard Bears fan. Great pic PFT!

  8. chi01town says: Aug 6, 2012 12:11 AM

    The Bears line will be as good as any other team in the north. Remember Mike Martz is gone an Cutler wont have to hold the ball that long. Now the pocket will move & Jay can change the play at the line.. an having New weapons will keep defenses from pinning there ears back an coming after him. Defensive coordinator have to game plan for Marshall & Ashlon too not just Forte & Hester

  9. brewdogg says: Aug 6, 2012 12:21 AM

    fenrecords says: Aug 5, 2012 11:37 PM

    A different offense and a little experience under his belt will help Webb out a lot. He did get better as the season went on last year too. I have faith in Tice’s decision, especially with all the OL he put in the Pro Bowl while in Minnesota. Im not saying Webbs goin to the Pro Bowl, but I think he will be just fine.
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    Spot on about Tice. He was not ready to be a HC, and maybe never should be, and doing so unfortunately smeared his name, but he is one heck of an OL coach. He has a habit of turning low picks and UFAs into capable starters. 1st-rd LTs? Well, there was McKinnie, and now Williams and Carimi….. Maybe it would be best to keep throwing the 6th and 7th rounders at him and tell him to do the best he can.

  10. funktron2x says: Aug 6, 2012 1:54 AM

    Five step drops, three step drops. It doesn’t matter how many step drops Cutler will take if these guys aren’t way the hell better in just this one little offseason. Because we saw Cutler take pressure on more than half his dropbacks against Detroit last year. No scheming can fix an OL getting its lunch handed to it like that.

  11. chi01town says: Aug 6, 2012 2:01 AM

    Audibles an role outs will help PLUS that lunatic Martz is gone. Cutler will have quick passes & a great running game behind him. Marshall will do alot to make sure defenses cant pin there ears back an go after Cutler an so will Ashlon.

  12. crik911 says: Aug 6, 2012 7:51 AM

    Its funny how quick everyone is to blame Martz for the downfalls of the offence over the last two years. I’ll let Coach take the blame for the first season, he tried to do too much. But until Cutty went down on that Antoine Cason pick last year, Da Bears were dominating and en route to the playoffs.

    Yes there were protection issues, but to be honest isn’t that the lines fault for not being able to match up 1 on 1?

  13. chi01town says: Aug 6, 2012 6:27 PM

    Martz offense had NO audibles or roll outs.. He also had mostly 5 an 7
    Step drops… That means the QB was in the pocket holding the ball for 2 an a half to 4 seconds looking for a WR to get open. The protection is only supose to buy the QB 2 seconds max anymore is a bonus. Thats why Cutler was so angry an thats why Martz is gone

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