Bears' Tice trying to keep the heat on Webb

Posted Aug. 10, 2012 @ 2:47 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice has made it clear he is far from satisfied with the performance of J’Marcus Webb — the player most likely to be protecting Jay Cutler’s blind side when the regular season gets under way.

No one has stepped up to push Webb for the starting spot at left tackle to this point, though, and Tice has taken it upon himself to challenge the third-year veteran.

Tice has questioned Webb’s willingness to do what it will take to play at the level Tice wants to see from him, and Tice didn’t let up on Webb in Thursday’s preseason opener vs. the Broncos. Webb was the last first-team offensive player to be pulled from the game, staying in until the midway point of the fourth quarter, long after most of his fellow starters had been pulled.

Scouts like Webb's length, and he's a decent athlete, but evaluators say he isn't finishing blocks and struggles too often in one-on-one matchups with capable pass rushers.

Chris Williams, the offensive lineman the Bears hoped would be Webb’s competition, played his way into a backup role at right tackle early in training camp and has failed to gain the trust of the coaching staff.