It's simple to predict what the Bears' depth chart at quarterback is going to look like.
1. Jay Cutler
2. Caleb Hanie
3. Brett Basanez
1. Jay Cutler
2. Brett Basanez
3. Caleb Hanie
Sorting through the offensive line after the addition of Orlando Pace, things are not as clearly defined. Let's give it a try though:
Left tackle: You can lock Pace in at left tackle right now. That is what the Bears signed him to be and his addition came literally within minutes of the addition of Cutler. Pace allowed only two sacks in 14 games last season and remains a top-flight pass protector who is reportedly in great condition at 33 and considering his experience. If the Bears had a luxury in John St. Clair when he was the swing tackle, they have a bigger luxury now in Kevin Shaffer. He's younger than St. Clair and has more starting experience. Shaffer started at left tackle in an NFC Championship Game for the Atlanta Falcons. He's a high-priced swing tackle at $8 million over three years, but that's not a bad thing.
Left guard: This is where Omiyale was ticketed to play the free agency opened and the Bears pounced on him. Yes, he has more experience as a tackle. Yes, he was moved to right tackle on the second day of minicamp but that was a knee-jerk reaction, one we suspect might have been made by Lovie Smith to make a point the Bears needed some help after losing St. Clair to Cleveland. Omiyale is going to earn more than $6 million this season and that right there tells you incumbent Josh Beekman will likely give way.
Center: Kreutz is the mainstay on a line that will have three new starters. He runs the show. Beekman could move behind him and become the heir apparent.
Right guard: Garza has been a steady performer starting the past three seasons and should remain in that role with Dan Buenning providing backup at both guard spots. Buenning has starting experience and could push Garza. With fewer draft picks, selecting a guard probably moves down the priority list now. They should feel pretty good about the group they have.
Right tackle: Williams will not be handed the job over Shaffer, but the first-round pick from last season will be given every opportunity and then some to win it.