Bears tackle issue of linemen's weight

Bears tackle issue of linemen's weight

There are 7 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 21, 2008, titled Bears tackle issue of linemen's weight. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A slight smile played at the corners of Lovie Smith 's mouth at the observation Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye often faces an 80-pound disadvantage as he lines up against offensive tackles.

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Chicago, IL

#1 Oct 22, 2008
If you look at the way our D-line has been playing lately I would differ with Lovie's logic. Our ends can't get by anyone, so if the Bear is waiting for all the other teams to downsize their O-linemen, we have a long wait.
Get Real

Chesterfield, MO

#2 Oct 22, 2008
With everything else the same, obviously bigger is better. However, the correct question is to ask would you rather have a larger, but less athletic tackle (think St Clair) or a slightly smaller tackle with good feet (think D'Brickashaw Ferguson). I do think too much emphasis is put on weight althugh it still beeds to be a factor.

United States

#3 Oct 22, 2008
Too bad for Zackary Bowman. You finally get to play, have an INT & TD, then out for the season.

Cicero, IL

#4 Oct 22, 2008
I don't know if weight is an issue or not, but what I see is a defensive line that suddenly can't apply pressure and an offensive line that hasn't been able to run the ball effectively for at least two years now. We need both elements to get to the postseason and beyond. Let's see how they respond after the bye.

“Bleeding Orange and Blue ”

Since: Oct 08

Chicago. Columbus & N. Calif.

#5 Oct 22, 2008
Here's to the" Big Uglies" on the O-line for our blue and orange ! Few people gave them credit or even a chance until recently. Those guys have done a solid job considering the situation this year. New guys, a rookie Tailback and another Q.B., and so far things are looking good.They've managed to cover themselves numerous times ( and in no small part with the help of a man named Forte) in games against countless blitzes only to give Kyle and the offense time to execute. It's been tougher running the rock because of Forte's early success. Once the run game is re-established, this offense is gonna lay a SMACK_DOWN on the rest of the league! THANKS John St. Claire, for being a sound L.T. despite your critics. To Josh Beekman,(who?) Olin Kreutz, Roberto Garza. and to John Tait (thanks for playing well, no matter where Bears coaches stick you!) This IS the most consistent O-line play we've seen in a while people. Despite the decline of the running game, these Bears have not wilted under the pressure. The running game WILL produce.Just ask yourself, how long would it take a defensive coordinator to asses that your running game is on the decline and you need to pass to be effective rather than the other way around? Forget, if you will for a minute, the pooh that Lovie spews about "we come off the bus running." Played out! Teams know this about the Bears, and yet the ability to run play-action or even misdirection is still available. Our guys have the athletic ability to play their required roles and defenses have to realize this and that the pass is inevitable. They stack the line of scrimmage or load up in the box to dare the offense to beat them through the air,and they do. They continue to excel despite this. There must be something to be said for those guys because they study, work and play hard every game. If these guys continue to progress , there's no reason to believe that the type of effort we saw against the Colts can't be the norm, rather than the exception. We have an offense, we have a Q.B. and plenty of options at receiver to throw to. Why not us? Here's to hoping they get angry and put the wood to people so Forte can go back to running up and down the field. Make us Bears fans proud again! GO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!
Brendan H

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#6 Oct 23, 2008
Interesting thought I had talking about the Bears offensive line the other day. If we draft a good looking RT next year and Buenning can be as good as he was, we could walk into next year with Beekman, Buenning, Williams, and Draftee. This would, just so you know, put all of our O-linemen at under 6 years of wear and tear at the NFL level, and give us one of the youngest O-lines in the NFL. The Buenning pick up and OTJ training of Beekman could very well make us a monster line come next year. I know age, like weight, isn't everything, but it sure beats last years Old Man Club.
Brendan H

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#7 Oct 23, 2008
yes i know we'd still have an old center, but we can only do so much at once. I'd like to see a 6'4" or taller wide out added too, with some speed. That could really give us some nice mismatches in seasons to come.

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