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Bears' confidence in Tice gets early test

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By Dan Parr

Heading into Week Two, Bears players and head coach Lovie Smith were in lockstep — offensive coordinator Mike Tice was doing a great job.

“(Tice is) not going to put anyone in a position to fail,” Bears ORT Gabe Carimi told PFW before Chicago’s Week Two loss to Green Bay. “Whatever position it is. Some coaches say, 'This is my offense and this is it how it is.' He’s willing to say, 'This guy needs help this week, there’s this freak over here we need help on this week.' Other weeks, it’s, 'This guy can man up and get him.'

“He’ll know the matchups and make sure that everyone can win their matchup.”

Do they really feel the same way after OLT J’Marcus Webb consistently looked overmatched in one-on-one battles against OLB Clay Matthews during a game where QB Jay Cutler was sacked seven times (3½ times by Matthews)?

The Bears are trying to put the loss to Green Bay out of mind, but they have to hope Tice learned from it, and that the offensive line plays much better. They know Tice can't conceal every player's flaws with a gameplan. He has a wealth of experience — he’s the former Vikings head coach and a longtime NFL assistant — but this is his first time as an offensive coordinator, and players are looking for him to help them establish a consistent identity.

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