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Trainer says Olin Kreutz and Roberto Garza looking great

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Trainer Mike Bystol of Poliquin Performance Center in Northfield trains a lot of professional athletes, including several members of the Bears.

I was struck by what Bystol told me in a story I did about Olin Kreutz.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/6266824-606/bears-might-have-competition-for-olin-kreutz.html

Kreutz is healthier than he's been in a while. And, this offseason, he's able to ramp up his training, which he's done with Bystol four to five days a week for nearly the entire offseason.

Bystol gave me a great example, noting that Kreutz couldn't put any weight on a sled they use last offseason. But, this time around, he's slapping 400 pounds on it.

Meanwhile, Bystol also gave me an update on two other offensive linemen, Roberto Garza and Chris Williams.

"Both of them are doing really well," Bystol said. "Garza, strength wise, is the strongest he's ever been. And [Williams] is doing pretty good too."

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That's just doesn't sound like high praise for Williams...

I think what it sounds like is both Olin Kreutz and Roberto Garza are healthy, and that will be key heading into the season. Chicago needs to resign Kreutz before they make Edwin Williams his replacement, if for nothing else just to get a better look at Williams actually playing center at the pro level. Bringing back Kreutz for one more season would allow Chicago to get a good look at Edwin Williams playing center during the pre-season with the #2's, and throughout the regular season in practice. We know Edwin Williams played the position for 3 seasons in college at Maryland, but it might be a good idea to see if the guy can do it at the next level.

As for Chris Williams, its nice to hear he's doing good in the gym, but the guy needs to step up his play on the field. This is going to be a make or break year for Chris Williams, he's got a year under his belt inside at guard, now he needs to step up and prove to the team he wants to be an NFL player. The word on Chris Williams last season was that he was solid, but there was room for improvement in his game.

Chicago ended the season with the leagues 22nd ranked rushing offense, not exactly stellar. But, toward the end of the season they did seem to improve on the ground. Matt Forte ended the season with a 4.5 yard avg, and had a 5 yard avg over the final 8 contest. Maybe part of the reason the ground game got better in the second half of the season was because Chris Williams play improved toward the end of the season, especially in his run blocking? GO BEARS!!

I hope the conditioning work helps because he offensive line was deplorable last year. Let's hope we have a season and that improvement there is clearly a big leap forward.

I'm glad to hear that Kreutz, Garza, and Williams are working out but I still hope the Bears pick up a good free agent offensive lineman if/when the lockout ends.

I am sorry Kevin but I do not recall Mike Tice saying Chris Williams was solid last year. In fact I recall it being rather the other way around. I remember Martz loving Williams but then again he thought the whole offensive line did a great job. "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." And the evidence suggests they all struggled. But that is really beating a dead horse.

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