Offense starts slow behind new O-line

BOURBONNAIS — Marc Trestman joked after Sunday’s practice that maybe the second-team offense should start Monday's team drills with some run plays after Jay Cutler opened another session with an interception.

It was part of some sloppy, and what Trestman called “sluggish” play early on, and the Bears' head coach was very vocal with his players to pick up the tempo and efficiency to start practice. Trestman did say he was pleased at how the offense improved after the slow start.

The early interception came behind yet another new-look starting offensive line, which was the main story on Sunday. Rookies Jordan Mills and Kyle Long manned the right side at tackle and guard, respectively. The pair played the most snaps out of any player on Friday night.

With the rookie Mills playing on the first team, J’Marcus Webb got demoted to second-team left tackle. Eben Britton played as the right tackle with the 2’s.

“This has been part of our plan,” Trestman said. “We wanted to get Kyle in there to get some work with the 1’s, and Jordan as well. We need J’Marcus to get over there and work as a backup at the left tackle position. And we think Eben is in better position to back up on the right side and get some work there and keep it competitive.

“I wouldn’t draw any conclusions about what’s happened today.”

Webb gave up nine sacks last year, per STATS Inc, and allowed a sack in Friday’s loss to Carolina.

“I’ve got to work on using my feet and my hands, and work on getting better every day,” Webb said, adding that the coaching staff explained they wanted him to get work on the left side.

The good news on the O-line is that left tackle Jermon Bushrod seems back at full health, and he did some extra work after practice, along with Britton. 

“It’s really part of our plan to find the best five over the course of training camp,” Trestman said. "We're not doing anything but working the plan at this point in time."

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