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.

33 responses to “Bears want J’Marcus Webb to be versatile

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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……

  14. 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.

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


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

    DA BEARS!!!

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