MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 1: The offense for the Chicago Bears lines up against the defense for the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter on January 1, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Bears defeated the Vikings 17-13. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
After Dane brought the SB Nation offensive line rankings to our attention earlier today, I stumbled upon a football analyst that had a different take on the Chicago Bears o-line. Former Bears QB, and current Comcast football guru Jim Miller, was on the The McNeil and Spiegel Show on WSCR in Chicago and heaped praise on the beleaguered Bears o-line.
Would you believe he called the Bears group the best line in the division?
From the CBS Chicago website;
"I think the Bears have a great opportunity," Jim Miller told The McNeil and Spiegel Show. "I think their offensive line is the best in the division. ... Absolutely. They offer more versatility than any other offensive line in the NFC North. All of those guys have played either guard or tackle, whether it's a swing tackle, whatever."
I think this is the first time I heard someone using the constant shuffling around as a good thing.
Miller goes on to say;
"You look at Green Bay, I’m not going to put Green Bay’s line ahead of the Bears. I’m not putting Detroit’s line over the Bears. … If Gabe Carimi comes back healthy, that would be my X-Factor, the Bears would have the best offensive line in the NFC North."
All reports are that Carimi will be at full speed come training camp, so his X-Factor appears to be met.
As odd of a statement that Miller seems to have made, I have to say I agree with him. I'm a firm believer that the system change and a full off season program will work wonders for the protection issues.
But what do you think?