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Tice: Asiata has early edge at left guard

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Johan Asiata heads into training camp as the starting left guard with Josh Beekman nipping at his heels. During an interview with senior writer Larry Mayer, offensive line coach Mike Tice sounds off about his expectations for the line and why he believes the unit will be much improved this coming season.

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Hey Neil....

How about writing a story....instead of a news flash....or don't you have time?

As you know and as we fans have been told many times over the years... you aren't going to know who the starters are until pre-season is over with. Before camp, they have to pen in the starter...who in this case...has proven nothing.

Knowing that....why do you waste our time?

I read the interview with Tice over on the Bears site, Tice said "Asiata had a very solid spring. He tailed off a little at the end of the OTA's, but not substantially." I'm thinking that means the more plays they threw at Asiata, the more he slowed down, but not that much to where you have to worry. Hopefully with more reps the better he'll get. We're really not gonna know where Asiata is until the hitting starts anyways.

Josh Beekman probably fell out of favor with Chicago going into 2009 because he struggles in his pass-blocking. I think thats why Omiyale got a chance to start over Beekman last year. Beekman got another chance mid-season, but then in the 49ers game, was again pulled for Omiyale. When asked why, coach Lovie Smith said, "we just like Frank's ability to pass block." In that game Beekman was beat by the 6-4 285lb Justin Smith on a couple plays. Beekman seems to struggle as a pass-blocker especially when going against bigger defenders like Smith. And in this new pass happy offense, pass blocking is gonna be key up front, not saying Beekman can't, but hopefully he can step up his game a little as a pass blocker if given another chance to start. Pass blocking may be why Chicago likes Johan Asiata, in his final season at UNLV, Asiata didn't allow a single sack from his left guard position earning him honorable mention all-Mountain west accolades as a senior. I'd like to see Asiata make it at left guard, Beekman as the eventual center, and 2nd year lineman Lance Louis as the eventual replacement for Garza maybe in a season. Angelo has some nice young prospects inside to develope, young being the key word. Its should be interesting to see these kids develope GO BEARS!!

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