To say our offensive line needed help last year would be like saying you might want to pack sunscreen for that upcoming vacation to the Sahara. We had a right tackle attempting to learn the left gaurd position on the fly, and do so alongside an aged left tackle that who still had plenty of power. The downside is there was a better chance of Izzy getting a blocking a field goal in a game than Orlando Pace blocking the defensive end if there was any kind of speed move involved.
Saying that Chris Williams will be a game changer for the Chicago Bears this year may be the understatement of the season, and the season hasn't even started yet. Follow me below the fold where we'll take a better look at our starting left tackle for the next decade, and why the man I lovingly refer to as CDub is going to make the league take notice this year.
First off, we're going to take a look at what brought this Vanderbilt product to the team in the first place. First on the list, Todd McShay with his pre-draft scouting report on the big guy, and then the actual scouting report to go with it.
I've got to be honest, I'm a big fan of offensive lineman in general, and an even bigger fan of the guys we've got. Chris Williams stands out as part of a line than has multiple players known for their intelligence, work-ethic, skill, and leadership. CDub is right up there with Josh Beekman in my linemen I love catagory, and just watching his almost effortless slide back to his true position at left tackle illustrates why.
While he struggled at times at right tackle, a position he wasn't familiar with and isn't very suited for, you could see a night and day change once Williams manned his true place on the line. The hurries immediately dropped like meteor hurdling from space, as Pace was on average allowing a astronomical three hurries a game, to say nothing for the lack of QB hits and few sacks even against teams like the Vikings. It was a sight to behold watching the game to game improvement of Williams, and makes me very excited on what a full camp combined with time to gel at the position will bring.
It's often said that intelligence is extremely important in Mike Martz system, from the lineman on back, and that's a good thing for us with Williams scoring an extremely high 32 on his Wonderlic. One thing to keep an eye out on as far as Williams goes is his ability to add a bit more bulk to his frame, as it's historically been one of his few flaws. A consummate professional and teammate, I could talk about Williams all night, but luckily for me there have been stories written before that tell the story of our very own CDub, including one of the best I've read over the Sporting News.
Don't be surprised if this young family man ends up leading the charge of a revamped offensive line and plays a large part in bringing the Bears offense to the next level, and gives Sizzle some much deserved safety in the pocket.