John ‘Moon’ Mullin’s April 10th CSN Chicago column on the Bears’ offensive line brings visions of hope and flexibly along with some fuzzyness to an important piece of the team’s puzzle.
Long is effectively a huge wild card in the franchise’s overall, which bodes very well for both the organization as well as one of the NFL’s rising stars on the offensive line. Long will “compete,” but as he did last year, he represents a huge flex factor.
Despite the signing of tackle Bobby Massie and Kyle Long’s celebratory tweet, the Bears’ offensive line is anything but settled heading into the summer. Kyle Long, Bobby Massie and Matt Slauson will start–their exact positions are yet to be determined. The remaining two spots will be fought for by Charles Leno Jr., Ted Larsen, Manny Ramirez, Hroniss Grasu and others.
Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte, both stellar blockers, will play elsewhere in 2016 meaning the Bears will need a more-than-competent offensive line to keep Jay Cutler and Jeremy Langford upright.