Mike Tice sending messages to Bears offensive linemen


Mike Tice isn’t afraid to push some buttons.

The Bears offensive coordinator, who once pulled a fan out of the crowd at a Vikings training camp practice to stand in at guard, is at it again.

After promoting J’Marcus Webb to the starting left tackle job, Tice left him in Thursday’s opener into the fourth quarter, an unusually long night of work for a starter in any preseason game. Webb played 41 of the 49 offensive snaps, even on the field with fourth-string quarterback Matt Blanchard.

“I’ve got to get better every day and every week, and that comes with the territory,” Webb told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “I don’t think of it as a punishment. I’ve got to get better. If he asks me to stay in, then I will.”

Left guard Chris Spencer also played the entire first half.

“[Tice] was not happy with how we started,” Spencer said. “We did nothing that we’ve been preaching about being explosive. Very disappointing. We have to go back to work.”

Webb has won his job almost by default, as the Bears offensive line continues to be a mess. They moved former first-rounder Chris Williams to the right side to spell Gabe Carimi, who has a sore knee.

“Just some players we thought needed reps, we needed to see,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “Some of the guys we know a little more about right now, we didn’t play as much, and that was pretty much it.”

Fact is, the Bears know plenty about Webb, and the rest of their offensive line. This was a motivational ploy, and Jay Cutler can only hope the message was received.

6 responses to “Mike Tice sending messages to Bears offensive linemen

  1. It’s so early. Bears, lions, packers all lost, and none of it means much. NFC north will be a beastial division, can’t wait for the black and blue exchanges.

  2. No starting NFL player should require Tice’s high school football coach-like motivational strategy. It’s like the time he came out to a Vikings practice wearing his old TE uniform and pads.

  3. Funny how some could view playing in the pre-season as punishment. I see it as Tice has decided that this guy will start but he needs to be more consistent. He gets that during the game. It also allows Tice to see if this guy has the endurance to be effective for an entire game and I’m sure Cutler would like to find that out before Q4 of the first game.

  4. Still all the teams that had rain in the forecast…the Bears were the only team that chose to sit players for fear of the “field conditions.” Are we really having this discussion in the preseason?!

  5. Thats right TICE do every thing you can to protect Cutler. Keep them all working hard an put the best 5 in front of Cutler … Use TE’s & fullbacks in protection but keep him standing up.

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