Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz isn't ready to hand his starting center spot to Chris Spencer.
Currently, longtime starting guard Roberto Garza has been in the position that Olin Kreutz manned for so long. But Martz, who spoke glowingly of Garza, made clear Spencer won't have anything handed to him.
"Now that's up to Chris," Martz said. "I mean, we're very happy with Garza, too. We're not going to anoint anyone the starter over anyone. He may not make it. I don't know. He's got to come in and compete at that position.
"But he's a veteran who has played well. He's a good player. So, if he's not better than what we have, then he won't be the starter. Be very careful about anointing anyone the starter over anyone else. Like I said, we're happy with our starters now and the progress they are making and what they can eventually do. We're happy with that.
Martz said he's encouraged by what his current starting group can do, noting that moving J'Marcus Webb to the left side might help, because the second-year player seems more comfortable.
"He's very athletic," Martz said. "Now [Gabe] Carimi, as he comes in, is going to learn what's going on. But he's not intimidated by anything now. He's got that great work ethic. He's athletic. He's what we were looking for."
Martz said the loss of Kreutz was "unexpected," and added it "hurt all of us."
Martz indicated he would like to add at least one more veteran offensive lineman.
"I think we would all like to have a couple more veteran linemen. I don't think that's any different than any camp right now," he said. "I don't know if you can ever have enough quality offensive linemen, to do just what you talked about."