Bears coach Lovie Smith and general manager Phil Emery have defended the team's offensive line throughout the offseason.
During the NFL Draft, the Bears had an opportunity to land highly-rated o-linemen, yet they passed and addressed other positions.
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice said they would have address offensive tackle, if they collectively thought it were a problem.
"I think if Phil and Lovie -- with the help of the scouts and the staff -- if we felt tackle were a dire need for us, I'm sure they would have answered the bell on draft day," Tice said. "With the change in scheme, and the change in personality - if you will - and an offseason, and getting some guys healthy, I think we'll make a big jump in the offensive line.
"I think it takes time for young guys to play good in all areas, and I think we have a couple of young guys who have played good football in half the scheme, if you will, and they need to step it up in the other half of the scheme," Tice said. "We have a number of guys like that."
One notable player Tice is clearly referring to is left tackle J'Marcus Webb.
At this juncture, I think Webb could be the No. 1 concern on the team, the player who's play could impact the team the most. I'm not going to project whether he's going to make the jump he needs to. But, since the Bears didn't address his position in free agency or the draft, they've put their eggs in the Webb basket.
If he were to get injured, or he were to absolutely terrible, then the Bears could swing Gabe Carimi to left tackle and try to start Lance Louis or Chris Williams. But will that be good enough?
And don't count on picking up someone off the street; if there were a player who could play at a high level, at that position, they'd certainly be on a roster.
As for Carimi, he's "right on track," according to Tice. What track isn't clear, but it appears Carimi will get on the practice field well before training camp.
"We expect to see him at some point, before the session is over. Of course, Lovie will answer that question, when that's going to be," Tice said. "But sooner than later, so we're pretty excited about that.
"I'm excited about the group."