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Bears want J’Marcus Webb to be versatile

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The Bears are giving rookie Jordan Mills a look as the starting right tackle, leaving veteran J’Marcus Webb to take snaps with the second team at left tackle.

On Tuesday, Bears offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer indicated to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that Webb needs to be able to play multiple positions.

“He moved to the left side, and he had been working the right side, so it did take him a little time to adjust,” Kromer said, per the Tribune. “But if he’s going to be on our team, if he makes our eight, then he’s going to have to play more than one spot, and this is a great opportunity for him to get those reps. You don’t want to have to do it on Wednesday of game week. You want to do it early in the season so he has a feel for what’s going on.”

In a lot of ways, the 25-year-old Webb, who’s in the final year of his contract, has reached a crossroads in his career. In the best-case scenario, he starts on the right side, plays well, then hits free agency next year in the prime of his career.

If he doesn’t win the right tackle job, he needs to prove he can be a capable swing backup, and should he get a chance to play, he needs to show well. His relatively young age and solid experience base (44 starts) can be assets for him next spring should he test the market. However, by not starting in 2013, he could hurt his earning potential.

In the worst-case scenario, he doesn’t make the Bears, and then it’s up to the other 31 teams to decide his NFL fate. The guess here is that someone would else would take a look at him, but if he were claimed on waivers, he wouldn’t get his choice of team.

In short, Webb needs to respond well to this challenge, and he can still craft a solid NFL career for himself if he does so.

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33 Responses to “Bears want J’Marcus Webb to be versatile”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 13, 2013 6:43 PM

    Oh Lord.

  2. kodatrout says: Aug 13, 2013 6:48 PM

    The Packers want Webb to be one on one with Mathews again.

  3. mn1288 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:50 PM

    Yep – they need him to be ready to be awful anywhere they need him.

  4. mrgreenbird says: Aug 13, 2013 6:52 PM

    By versatile they mean revolving door or turn style

  5. jojopuppyfish says: Aug 13, 2013 6:58 PM

    And fans want him off the team

  6. drulz29 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:59 PM

    Whats funny is Webb would be the best OLinemen in green bay, since the rest of them are gimps or no name scrubs..

    Here’s to Rodgers being sacked 40+ times again!

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 13, 2013 7:02 PM

    Well if it doesn’t work out and they cut him in the future, then maybe they should draft a good player that “is” versatile instead of one that they merely “want” to be as such.

    They might need to replace some scouts with the way they have been picking OLs over the years. Attack the problem at the source!!

  8. unbiasfan says: Aug 13, 2013 7:05 PM

    He could probably start on the Packers depleted offensive line

  9. GenXJay says: Aug 13, 2013 7:09 PM

    Be in good spirits Bears fans. This shouldn’t affect your team from smacking around some handicapped-cheese twice this year.

  10. billhicks666 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:13 PM

    Forget versatile. The Bears should want J’Marcus Webb to be gone.

  11. clayminator says: Aug 13, 2013 7:18 PM

    Bears want J’Marcus Webb to be good

    there…fixed it.

  12. adambballn says: Aug 13, 2013 7:26 PM

    He’ll also get some reps pre-game Thursday as the stadium entry turnstile; this is where the Bears feel he is best suited to play.

  13. mantastic54 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:34 PM

    He is pretty versatile. He can get dominated on both sides of the line, and he’s equally terrible vs speed rushers and bull rushers. Gonna be a sad day for Jared Allen and Clay Matthews when they can’t automatically pencil themselves in for multiple sacks vs the bears

  14. LilTmac2003 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:35 PM

    Phil Emery becomes Bears GM: Trades for Brandon Marshall.

    Marc Trestman becomes Bears head coach: Benches J’Marcus Webb.

    Makes you wonder what the hell Jerry Angelo and Lovie were smoking…

  15. rationalitybias says: Aug 13, 2013 7:40 PM

    JUST RELEASE HIM. GO BEARS

  16. zo121179 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:41 PM

    Don’t care where he plays. If it’s with the Bears he needs to put down the one hitter and learn to block on either side of the ball.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 13, 2013 7:45 PM

    clayminator:

    Agreed, that would be much better. They sound like chickens with their heads cut off the other way, well plus when you watch the film.

  18. joneil66 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:07 PM

    For 3 years, J’Marcus Webb has been the worst starting offensive lineman, on the worst starting offensive line, in football. I’m tired of watching him look like a turnstile every time Clay Matthews blitzes. On the Chicago Bears team website, they posted a video today of O-Line vs. D-Line in practice. Towards the end, Webb makes Shea McClellin look like Lawrence Taylor. I don’t know why this guy ever kept a job to begin with. Cut this guy, ASAP.

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:14 PM

    Jay Cutler showed off his versatility in the humiliating NFC Championship game loss to the Packers. In the first half he played QB. In the second half, he demonstrated his stationary bike skills.

  20. dd393 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:16 PM

    Do something totally different. Block somebody.

  21. sampulls says: Aug 13, 2013 8:44 PM

    Bears are in trouble this year. Too many material changes.

  22. jazsrt says: Aug 13, 2013 8:59 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 8:14 PM
    Jay Cutler showed off his versatility in the humiliating NFC Championship game loss to the Packers. In the first half he played QB. In the second half, he demonstrated his stationary bike skills.

    __________________________________

    At least he showed up for half of that game…unlike Green Bay’s running game all of last year.

  23. daaabears says: Aug 13, 2013 9:23 PM

    By versatility, I hope they mean he can pack his bags with both hands.

  24. sowcrates says: Aug 13, 2013 9:28 PM

    Mike Martz was the worse thing to happen to this guy, and Mike Tice didn’t change enough to take the pressure off of Webb having to be a better pass blocker than he is.

    As much crap as this guy gets, he’s better than 90% of 7th round picks, if not more. The guy has started on both sides and has enough talent to maybe string together a couple good games now and then. If Chicago doesn’t keep him on, somebody else will because the guy is still backup-caliber.

    As a Bears fan, I want to see somebody take his spot (thanks for nothing, Gabe Carimi!), but the fact is that nobody (that can stay healthy) has been good enough to snatch his job away. Enter Bushrod, Eben Britton, Jonathan Scott and this Jordan Mills kid all in the past 2 years, and suddenly we finally have a chance to maybe not need him.

  25. Norseman says: Aug 13, 2013 9:33 PM

    Versatile? I thought they wanted him to be good. I guess they gave up with that one.

  26. respectgsh says: Aug 13, 2013 10:44 PM

    It’s amazing to me that Gabe Carimi and the Bears parted ways before J.Webb and the Bears, considering Carimi was a first rounder. Webb will never be good for the Bears. If he is good for anyone he needs to be made uncomfortable enough to work his talented butt off. I still can’t believe Cutler got heat for giving this cat a hard time, but then Cutler is less popular than a qb who trapped a coed in a bar bathroom and another who brutally murdered dogs so…

  27. theytukrjobs says: Aug 13, 2013 11:17 PM

    Not to sound like some hater, but the Bears have a legitimate chance of falling off hard this season. Lots of flux. Sketchy O-line. Some aging or exiting defensive players.

    We could be hearing the dreaded “r” word.

  28. ee00ee says: Aug 13, 2013 11:46 PM

    Personally, I think they’d be best served by getting him good at 1 position rather than crappy at multiple positions.

  29. hendeeze says: Aug 13, 2013 11:50 PM

    They would love for him to be versatile, but will settle for being able to impede an object better than a turnstile

  30. spr41 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:52 PM

    Kromer eluded to the final eight meaning the Bears are likely going to only keep 8 OL not counting practice squad. Garza, Bushrod, Slauson and Long are locks. You have to think James Brown is going to make it. That leaves the other three likely Eben Britton (who can play multiple positions) and either Webb, J.Scott or Jordan Mills. If Mills holds his own this Thursday it could mean end for Webb who is a free agent anyways after this year.

    A starting OL of LT Bushrod, LG Slauson, C Garza, RG Long, RT Mills with J. Brown, E.Britton and J.Scott is your likely top 8 meaning the whipping boy Webb will be toast……

  31. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:31 AM

    Webb is a turnstile. Almost as bad as the Packers lineman!

  32. larryboodry says: Aug 14, 2013 3:49 AM

    To Webb, being versatile means he blows on both sides of the line.

    And you know he sucks when a Bears homer like me is giving ‘thumbs-up’ votes to Packer and Vikes fans making fun of him.

  33. jlevija says: Aug 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    He would be a great Packer, Aaron Rogers is the most sacked QB so they really such,

    SEND HIM TO GREENBAY

    The bears have better lineman now, so its time for him to go…

    DA BEARS!!!

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