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No changes in store for the Bears' offensive line

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linebears.jpgThings will remain the same. At least for the start of one more game for the Bears; offensive line.

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."

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Interesting to see how this Defense responds to this injury..

The offensive line was one of the few bright spots of a very disappointing game. I'm still not sold on J'Marcus Webb as the left tackle, and I don't think Jonathan Scott is the long term answer at right tackle? Gabe Carimi on the other hand could have a future at guard, maybe. We know he's been playing on a knee that isn't quite a 100%, so maybe that had something to do with his bad play at tackle being lined up outside going against more edge rushers? If Carimi continues his nice play at guard, I can see the Bears moving him to left guard this summer when Lance Louis returns to claim his right guard spot back, Louis is the long term answer at right guard. Gabe Carimi could be the long term answer at left guard, then Chicago will have to draft and or maybe sign a free agent tackle?

This is off subject, but, Adam or Sean, what do you think about Commissioner Roger Goddell wanting to get rid of kickoffs? That is a horrible idea in my opinion. I'm all for player safety but this is taking it to far. Give me a break, football is a violent game, concussions, blind side hits on QB's etc etc are a nature of the beast. Give me a break think about how many concussions a pro boxer gets, they're not gonna take punching out of boxing are they? Just an opinion GO BEARS!!

Kevin, Adam maybe the commish should ask the players who are the ones get injured if they should get rid of the kickoff.

I have mixed emotions regarding the kickoff debate. The kickoff is undoubtedly one of the most exciting parts of the game, but also the most dangerous to the players. Getting flattened by a three-hundred -pound guy running at full speed with sixty yards to build up momentum, just as you catch the ball,, is not conducive to remaining healthy. Rather than question the courage of players calling for fair catches, as Hester is often likely to do on punt returns, I think one should question their intelligence when not calling for fair catches when a defender is ready to flatten them. If kickoffs were to go, punt returns would likely follow. That would definitely take most of the "foot" out of "football." Then what would happen? Would both teams automatically just start at the twenty on kickoffs? Would punts be discontinued and just automatically be considered to be say forty yards? In all, the commissioner notwithstanding, this will never happen; there are just too many complications and problems in implementing it.

O line has been playing better and maybe Webb is a better right tackle or back up. Maybe finally in the 2013 draft o line needs will be addressed?

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