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Could Chris Williams push J’Marcus Webb at left tackle?
According to Pro Football Focus, J’Marcus Webb was the worst full-time starting left tackle in the NFL this season.
Webb had a rating of minus-24.7, which ranked 67th among offensive tackles, according to PFF. By contrast, the top-rated offensive tackle, the Phila-delphia Eagles’ Jason Peters, had a rating of 27.6.
Bears offensive line coach-turned-offensive coordinator Mike Tice has defended the play and potential of Webb, a seventh-round pick in the 2010 draft, at every turn.
But here’s something to keep an eye on: Perhaps Tice will consider moving Chris Williams back to left tackle to compete with Webb. Williams started nine games at guard before he was lost for the season to a wrist injury. He didn’t exactly shine, but he played solid football.
Next season, Webb likely will be penciled in as the starter at left tackle, Gabe Carimi as the starter at right tackle and Roberto Garza as the starter at center. There will plenty of competition for the two guard spots among Chris Spencer, Lance Louis and Edwin Williams.
That’s why Chris Williams might get a shot at left tackle.
The Bears could use an infusion of talent on the offensive line. For the second consecutive season, their offensive line ranked last in the league, according to STATS.
Given their needs at so many other positions, though, they might not be able to invest much more than a late-round pick in the unit.