Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 11/2/12
The battle between J'Marcus Webb and Kamerion Wimbley likely isn't a make or break match up that will make or break this game for either team.  To be honest if I were to sit down and write out keys to the game, this may or may not make the list and I may lean heavily to it not making the list.  That being said this may be one of the most important match ups of the season in terms of grading the progress of Webb as a starting caliber NFL left tackle.   Kamerion Wimbley is not an elite pass rusher that's in the same category as a Jason Pierre-Paul DeMarcus Ware, Jared Allen etc.  Wimbley however is a very good pass rusher that has been relatively consistent throughout his career.  What Wimbley may lack in elite level production he makes up for with good effort and speed and explosion off the edge.   He was a player that the Bears have sought out in free agency but, were unable to come to terms with.  What Wimbley represents however is the perfect test for Webb and how he's developed as a LT.  Webb will never be a top shelf starting caliber left tackle in the NFL.  He's not Joe Thomas or Jake Long or Jermon Bushrod three of the most consistent players in the NFL.   What Webb should be however, is a player fully capable of matching up with and slowing down a player like Wimbley. Tom Gower of TotalTitans.com had this to say about Wimbley "Defensive end Kamerion Wimbley can kill some left tackles all day with his shoulder dip move."  Essentially what Gower is leading into is that Wimbley is a one-dimensional speed rusher without a real counter move.  This is the type of player that Webb needs to be able to handle.   Webb's progress should be judged off of how well he is able to match up with and shut down one dimensional speed rushers like Wimbley.  Wimbley is not going to be nor ever will be an elite pass rusher.  Webb is never going to be an elite left tackle so you want to see Webb perform well in a showdown like this.   Webb has shown better consistency this season, although he did struggle against the Panthers after a few weeks of consistency.  Webb now needs to regain his focus and put together his best effort of the season.   Wimbley can be a very disruptive force and he can win battles with his speed to the outside.  That means he should the perfect test for the progress Webb has made in pass protection.  Webb's height, athleticism and arm length bode well in a match up against a speed rusher, and Wimbley is the perfect test to determine his progress.  A good outing by Webb could be one more notch in the belt for the young left tackle, or it could be a sign that the Bears need to upgrade the position.
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