Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice says he wasn’t sending a message to left tackle J’Marcus Webb by playing him into the fourth quarter of the team’s first preseason game.
It’s hard to believe that his latest gambit also isn’t a message, though. Tice announced Monday that Chris Williams will see time with the first team at left tackle when the Bears face the Redskins on Saturday. Williams looked like the odd man out on the Bears line earlier in training camp, but Tice wants to see how he does against Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo in a clear sign that Webb hasn’t won any job yet.
“It’s very important, if you’re going to be real about the situation, that both guys get an opportunity to go against 98,” Tice said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “I think that is very important for us in our evaluation process.”
Williams was drafted 14th overall in the 2008 draft with the intention that he would become the team’s longterm left tackle. He didn’t play well there, though, and also struggled on the right side before kicking inside to guard. He moved back outside this season and now seems to have a shot at winding up back where everything started because Webb hasn’t proven he can handle the job.
Tice said he has trouble sleeping at night when his team can’t protect the quarterback. We imagine there have been some sleepless nights at Casa Tice recently.