Offensive coordinator Mike Tice said the Bears' staff felt that their patchwork offensive line held up well against the Seattle Seahawks and that they don't envision making changes for this Sunday against the Vikings in Minneapolis.
"We felt like the line played solid football -- certainly not great football, but solid football," Tice said. "Any time with a line, you want to have the same guys in there, so there's no sense at this point of the week making any drastic changes. We're just trying to keep building on some of the things we've done the last two weeks."
So for the time being, the Bears will stick with a line of J'Marcus Webb, Edwin Williams, Roberto Garza, Gabe Carimi and Jonathan Scott.
The Bears excelled in pass protection. The Seahawks didn't record a true sack of quarterback Jay Cutler, whose fourth-quarter fumble led to Seattle being credited with one.
"They're playing better," Cutler said. "I don't know if it's because I'm yelling at them more or what's happening. But guys are playing well. We're getting rid of the ball quickly. I think we have good game plans going into it. Mike's done a great job of mixing up and spinning the play calling and keeping teams off-balance.
Tice felt the running game really improved in the second half against the Seahawks. Running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined for more than 100 yards rushing in the loss.
"It was the first game [and] I felt good about the pulling stuff," Tice said. "We got some pulling going. It's been hard to get, as we know, getting the pulling schemes going against '34' schemes is tough.
"But really, I told the offense, it's the first time in a long time I can remember this late in a season that the run game, each run seems like it's one block. It's like, 'If this guy got his block... OK, this was great, but this guy.'
"So in the second half, we had less of that and we had more guys on their blocks, and Matt was able to use his speed and hit some seams and we were pulling guys. And the fullback [Evan Rodriguez] was blocking well, too. So that was good."