The success of the 2012 season for the Chicago Bears may rely on one group of players who do not even touch the ball and score the points.
The offensive line for the Bears must do a better job protecting quarterback Jay Cutler and keeping him upright.
Cutler has been sacked 110 times since joining the Bears in 2009. That number would be much higher if Cutler did not miss seven games during those years with injury.
In terms of run blocking the offensive line does a pretty good job at creating holes. It is the pass blocking area that gets them in trouble.
Part of the problem is that former offensive coordinator Mike Martz put this group in a bad situation with some of his play calls. He would regularly call pass plays with seven step drops and slow developing routes. This puts the line in a bind because they were not capable of keeping Cutler protected for that long.
New offensive coordinator Mike Tice, the former offensive line coach, will call plays that are quick hitting an...