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."