Martz: Bears Would Like ‘A Couple More Veteran Linemen’

(CBS) Bears offensive coordinator met at length with the media Tuesday for the first time since the NFC Championship Game in January.

Of course, among many topics discussed, Martz addressed his much talked about offensive line and admitted it could use a couple more bodies.

“I think we would all like to have a couple more veteran linemen,” he said. “I don’t think that’s any different than any camp right now. I don’t know if you can ever have enough offensive linemen — quality veteran offensive linemen — to do just what you’re talking about to challenge and push guys and make them better, but that’s the case throughout the league I think.”

LISTEN: Mike Martz meets with the media

The Bears made the decision Monday to stick second-year tackle J’Marcus Webb at left tackle and rookie Gabe Carimi at right tackle, meaning there isn’t a whole lot of experience on the outside. That, combined with the departure of long-time veteran Olin Kreutz on the inside, has left the Bears without a whole lot of leadership on the offensive line. Still, Martz loves the size and potential this group has.

“Large. Yes, large,” said Mike Martz said. “We’re not a finesse, cute, cut, pull around and do those kind of things [line].”

Martz also addressed new wide receiver Roy Williams, who has success in his system in Detroit.

“Roy excels when you put it on his plate and say, ‘OK, you’ve got to win this game here on this play,'” Martz said.

  • tom Sharp

    He has already created the straw man for this year’s failure. If the experience of the line is that important, explain the treatment of Kreutz!!! Get ready for an 8 & 8 plus or minus 1. No way they get their 2010 luck repeated.


    I’d like Lovie Smith to put his coordinator in front of a slide show that gets across one message:
    Slide One
    Big Time Touchdown Production
    Slide Two
    No Excuses
    Slide Three
    Score Touchdowns
    Slide Four
    Keep Quarterback alive
    Slide Five
    No Excuses
    Slide Six
    Help the defense

  • bill Figel

    Olin Kreutz is available

  • D.O

    Nobody else is signing Olin. That tells you something.

  • Ramo Geezus

    Remember, Olin was the off. line capt, an off. line that allowed 52 sacks…really…. I think anybody you put there can do atleast that good.

  • tom Sharp

    The point here is you need a “better” offensive line not an “experienced” one. There are plenty of “vets” who are losers and castoffs that nitwit Lovie et al. will probably pick up and then be shocked when they can’t perform. Cutler will be lucky to see November out side of a hospital bed.

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