Bears’ corner fires shots at Cutler as they bench offensive guard.
When the word trickled in that the Bears had benched an offensive lineman I was positive that it was J’Marcus Webb.
The thought process had really nothing to do with quarterback Jay Cutler cursing him out. Webb’s game was so bad last week against the Packers and in past situations that it seemed that former line coach and current offensive coordinator Mike Tice had had seen enough of what Webb has to offer.
But that is not the case as left guard Chris Spencer has been pushed down the starting lineup in favor of free agent pickup Chilo Rachal.
With the guard playing closer to the QB than the tackle does, the logic is sound if the team is making moves piece by piece.
Rachal’s feelings on the situation appeared in the Chicago Tribune.
“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.”
“I just approached my work like I do every day,” Rachal said. “I came in and got my extra lifts in. I want to take it to another level. 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.”
Spencer who by trade is a center, was engaged in a position battle with Rachal upon Chilo’s arrival this off-season.
The biggest impact that this move can make upon the offensive linemen is that the team is serious about putting a winning product on the field this year and that performances such as what Bears fans were forced to endure last Thursday will not be tolerated.
Truthfully, although he failed a physical earlier in the year, I’d hope the Bears have at least checked in with veteran tackle Chad Clifton to query his status. Former Cardinal Brandon Keith is probably worth a look as well.
Simply put, the Bears offensive line issues are not a recent woe and it might be time to start adding new faces if only to light a fire under the current starters.
Meanwhile, one of the Bears on the defensive side of the ball has taken issue with how Cutler treated Webb during the Packer’s affair.
“I just think it’s wrong, honestly,” cornerback D.J. Moore told ESPN. “I would feel some kind of way if he were to do me like that and make it seem like ‘well, the reason that I’m having a bad game is because what you’re doing and not me taking accountability for myself because I’m throwing these types of passes or doing this type of read.’
“So it’s a tough situation. When you act like that with your own teammates on the sideline, it’s just something different that you normally wouldn’t do. So you might say it in the locker room or something, but to do it like he did it, it’s just weird.”
“It happens sometimes, you know,” Moore said. “Sometimes players get beat. Sometimes they have bad games. Sometimes the quarterback holds it too long. It happens. It’s football.”
Moore also went as far as to call Cutler “wrong” and said that the quarterback “is what he is” and that “he’s always been that way so I don’t expect him to change.”