Bears quarterback Jay Cutler wasn’t happy with his offensive line on Thursday night in Green Bay, and now the team is making a change — though not with the lineman Cutler yelled at on the sidelines.
Instead of benching left tackle J’Marcus Webb, the subject of Cutler’s wrath when he was sacked seven times at Lambeau Field, the Bears are benching left guard Chris Spencer and replacing him in the starting lineup with Chilo Rachal.
Spencer started and played all 63 offensive snaps on Thursday night in Green Bay, while Rachal didn’t get on the field on offense at all. But after reviewing the tape, the Bears’ coaching staff has apparently decided that Spencer needs to be replaced.
Rachal, who signed with the Bears as a free agent this year after playing in 16 games and starting three for the 49ers last year, told the Chicago Tribune he thinks he’ll be ready to play at left guard, even though he’s more familiar with the right side.
“This is the first time playing left guard in my career,” Rachal said. “I like it. I am naturally left-handed. I should like this position better than right. . . . This is a good opportunity. I have a small window and I want to maximize this opportunity because you never know when I’ll get this chance again.”
There’s been no word on whether the move meets with Cutler’s approval.