Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 1/31/13
Bears head coach Marc Trestman was brought in for one  main reason, and unless you've been living under a rock you know that sole reason is to get the best out of Jay Cutler.  Trestman is considered by many to be a QB developmental guru and he runs a  high powered passing attack that should help the Bears  put  points up on the board. The argument from a lot of fans that are pro Cutler feel that Cutler's play has been hampered by a variety of factors.  It's not so much Cutler's play as it is the personnel Cutler has around him. In order for Jay Cutler to improve his production two major things have to happen, first he needs more weapons on offense, second he needs a better offensive line in front of him.  Whether Bears fans agree with it or not, J’Marcus Webb should remain as the starting left tackle.  Webb’s improvement was significant in his second year playing the position and justifies him remaining the starter. According to ProFootballFocus.com Webb’s overall pass protection productivity percentage was higher than Jermon Bushrod of the New Orleans Saints.  Bushrod is one of the favorites amongst Bears fans because he’s typically been a good player, and he has obvious ties to new offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer who comes over from the Saints. The contract money it would take to sign Bushrod is out of the Bears’ range.  In fact most of the free agent offensive tackles on the market, even the higher quality ones, will cost more than the Bears can afford to dish out.  There’s also no guarantee that the Bears would get more value from a LT than a young improving extremely low cost J’Marcus Webb will give them to remain the starter. None of that really matters though given Webb's vast improvement as the team's starting left tackle.  Webb has improved each year he's been in the NFL and last year was the point where things really came together for him as a player. As a rookie J'Marcus Webb gave up 48 pressures and 12 sacks from the right tackle position.  The following year Webb moved to LT, and again he gave up 12 sacks on the season but reduced his pressures allowed to 30.  Now this last year, Webb's second as the starter at left tackle he put the lock down on the starting spot.  He gave up seven sacks and 29 pressures on the season but graded out with an overall positive rating in pass protection according to rankings kept by ProFootballFocus. Even beyond the metrics kept by the folks at ProFootballFocus the film shows how comfortable J'Marcus Webb has become as the team's starter. Of Webb's seven sacks allowed on the season two were not his fault and he should not have been faulted for.  One of the sacks allowed against the Packers goes against Jay Cutler for allowing a coverage sack.  Webb is dinged for the sack, despite doing his job on the play.  Webb's other sack allowed he doesn't everything he is supposed to do, he pushes DeMarcus Ware beyond to pocket, beyond 180 degrees around the pocket.  As pressure begins to break down around Cutler, Ware is able to step up and get to Cutler giving up the sack.  As an offensive tackle if the rusher wants to take a strong up the field speed rush to sack the quarterback you essentially mirror him up the field and beyond the pocket.  The point is not to give up inside leverage for a counter move, Webb does what he's supposed to do on the play.  Those are two sacks that are on Cutler or are created by other pressure in the pocket.  That takes Webb's allowed sack total down to five from seven on the season.  Five legitimate sacks allowed do to fundamental break downs on Webb's part.  Inexcusable, but the fact that Webb was able to shave a total of seven sacks on his total allowed over the last few seasons is a significant improvement.  J'Marcus Webb may be the single most disliked player on the Chicago Bears roster, but you could state factually and honestly that he was also the single most improved player on the team from the 2011 to the 2012 season.  Webb is settling at left tackle is likely going to be the long term starter for the Bears.  The Bears need to fix the offensive line, but the left tackle spot is the last position on the line they need to address.
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