Visions Ndamukong Suh putting a hurting on Jay Cutler were in the Bears’ heads when they spent their first-round draft pick on Kyle Long.
Bears offensive coordinator and line coach Aaron Kromer told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that starting Long at right guard, and specifically having him line up against Suh when the Bears play the the Lions, has been the plan since the Bears decided on Long.
“Suh plays over the right guard and we have to win the division first,” Kromer said. “Obviously, at Green Bay they flip their tackles, so they could have B.J. Raji on both sides. We want to make sure that we have good matchups in these games. We drafted these guys to win the division first.”
Long doesn’t have much playing experience at all, and the experience he does have is mostly at left guard. But Kromer said Long is already making progress with the right guard’s assignments in the Bears’ offense, through just a couple weeks of studying the playbook and one rookie minicamp.
“Now he feels comfortable after a couple weeks of walk-throughs and the minicamp we had, now he can get in a right-handed stance and be functional,” Kromer said.
The Bears will need Long to be very comfortable at right guard when he lines up against Suh in the fall.