Bears Offensive Line Has Come A Long Way

Bourbonnais, IL- Everyone was ready to get back at it Wednesday. Especially the coaches. They know there's a lot of work to be done before the season rolls around.  What a difference a year makes.

Last year at this time the big concern was the offensive line.  That unit had been the Bears sore spot for years.  Even Jay Cutler referred to it as a hit parade in the backfield, because the line was giving him no protection.  But the additions last year of free agents Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slausen, and the surprising play off rookies Kyle Long and Jordan Mills led to one of the most incredible transformations in Bears history. That line allowed the fourth fewest sacks in the NFL. And they helped the Bears set all sorts of records on offense. Who could have forseen that?

Did it seem like instant chemistry with you guys?
"We get along man. The guys worked together well. We pushed each other. It's been fun," says Roberto Garza, Bears Center.

How did you guys as a whole new unit come together so quickly?

"Garza's the glue that holds all of us together. He sets the pace for us. He works extremely hard and we all just kind of play off him," says Matt Slausen, Bears Guard.  

"I felt like I had to prove myself as a rookie. I think I accomplished that. But I stll have a lot to prove you know," says Jordan Mills, Bears Tackle.

No one appreciates those guys up front more than Cutler does. A couple observations from camp Wednesday. JayCutler was extremely sharp, and the offense outshone the defense. Kyle Long again sat out today's workout, but he has been cleared to practice tomorrow. And one of the all-time greats Hall Of Famer Michael Irvin, the former Cowboys' receiver was on hand to check out Wednesday's practice.

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