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Tice says line still on schedule

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Despite only averaging 2.3 yards per carry and allowing six sacks in Saturday's 23-10 loss to the Chargers in the preseason opener, Mike Tice was encouraged by the play of his offensive line, which he said made only one mental error during the first half against the blitzing Chargers.

"What was nice was they gave us a lot of pressure," he said. "From the first play of the game when they ran an inside cross dog to late in the game in the two-minute drill they brought pressure. That was good. Some people can look at that differently. I look at that as that's good work for us."

Tice said the line performed well enough to be right on schedule if it makes another big jump in Saturday's second preseason game against the Raiders at Soldier Field. He also singled out guard Lance Louis, who played in his first NFL game.

"He's a young guy that's going to have to continue to clean up some of the details like splits and how to utilize them to help himself and where his help is but he played very physical," Tice said. "I thought that was obvious to anyone who watched the game. At one point he hit a linebacker so hard he knocked down our left guard and our left tackle. He's what we thought he was. He's very mature and he is trying to learn and as he grows and continues to learn he'll clean up some of those details he's missing right now."

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Hahahaha yeah I am sure he was thrilled with the line play. Great they made no mental errors, how about the physical ones like getting blown off the ball by the other team. Your not suppose to go backwards when you run the ball.

As pressure it was the Bears job to adjust to it, and 6 sacks say they did not do that. However I think Chico sent Lovie a message, that was a lot of blitzing. To bad the starting O-Line struggled with pressure even from second team players on the chargers.

Williams had a decent game, against a 3rd string ROLB.

Did Tice have an earpiece in his ear with Lovie telling what to say for this interview. "Everything was amazing, perfect we couldn't be happier."

It's starting, Lovie feels a little pressure from a bad preseason game and the wagons are circling, and everyone outside the wagons are evil and only Lovie can seee the truth. The Cult of Lovie. Trust me don't drink the Kool-aid if Lovie hands it to you.

"He's a young guy that's going to have to continue to clean up some of the details like splits and how to utilize them to help himself and where his help is but he played very physical," Tice said. "I thought that was obvious to anyone who watched the game. At one point he hit a linebacker so hard he knocked down our left guard and our left tackle. He's what we thought he was. He's very mature and he is trying to learn and as he grows and continues to learn he'll clean up some of those details he's missing right now."
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So on that play, he nullified 1 defender and 2 blockers....That's just the kind of guy we need???? Kind of like Craig Steltz leading with his helmet last year and managing to lacerate the spleen of Charles Tillman, missing the receiver entirely...I am all for optimism, but for crying out loud, when you don't spring the ballcarrier with your block, you're just dancing with the guy across the line from you...

Un-like most I agree with Tice, considering how the line played last year, and this was their first game, it is what I expected. A Martz led offense is not going to dominate against the run. Eventually it will get easier to run, because no one is going to put eight in the box or Martz will pick them a part. I like Lance Louis play it was not perfect, but it was not a dissaster either. I would prefer Cutler not play much until the third or fourth game by that time the line should have their act together. Overall they looked way better than they did last year at this time with Kruetz getting knocked down alot, and Cutler running for his life just to complete a five yard pass. I think the line is on schedule as Tice suggests.

You gotta like the fact Lance Louis brings some physical play inside, but you gotta wonder how much confidence Tice has in Louis after the Charger's game? I see today 6-8 tackle James Marten got some first team reps at right guard in place of Louis. Tice might be doing the same thing to Louis that he did to Omiyale a week ago, as far as taking him out to let him know he needs to get on track because theres always someone behind you ready to take your job. Hopefully Tice can get through to Louis and he can get on track and clean up the little details that Tice was talking about. Lance Louis brings some physical play inside that the Bears need badly, I'd like to see him come on, hopefully he can get things right over these last 3 pre-season games GO BEARS!!

Clifton Cutler got hit 3 out of 8 snaps. Thats bad math anyway you look at it. Tice and Martz and Lovie have been talking up this line not the fans. Well not most of the fans. Lets see Cutler got hit 3 out of 8 snaps and Hanie got knocked out of the game. Oh and running was really bad. I got news for you if they don't run the ball really well, and I mean really well. Then the Martz offense is an over hyped vertical passing game that struggles in the red zone. They ranled 5th in rushing when they won the Super Bowl, thanks to a much better line the Bears have and a guy by the name of Marshall Faulk. If you can find Marshall this team let me know. Cause that guy was the star of that offense, without that diverse blazing runner keeping the defense honest, it's a tough offense to sell.

When this offense is not good at Rushing it is not a very good offense, the only really good teams Martz had could all run the ball really well. The ones that couldn't where generally bad even though they could all pass the heck out of the ball.

The line was decent pass protecting but didn't run block at all. First pre-season game with new system, no big deal. The problem is, how can anyone expect them to get much better when they have no talent?

And BTW, notice what Creighton pointed out that I also noticed: the 1st string O line played a lot v. 2d & 3d string defensive players, AND STILL COULDN'T OPEN HOLES. That's totally pathetic.

Spoken like a politican. Liar and cheat. What does Tice and Lovie think ...that we are gullable and stupid? Don't answer that.

All you need do is look at total yard rushing, total hurries, total sacks and the final score to know how good the line is?
Looks like Tice (the yes man) will join phillips, angelo, lovie, marinelli, babbage, and martz come january when they are shown the exit door.

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