Mike Tice’s offensive line will face a Giant test Friday
By JOE COWLEY email@example.com August 20, 2012 8:16PM
Updated: September 22, 2012 6:35AM
Mike Tice is off the hook.
The new offensive coordinator isn’t the one who’s going to have to play bad cop and assess the play of his offensive line when the Bears hit the road to take on the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants on Friday night.
The Giants’ defensive line will take over that responsibility all by itself.
If the Bears wanted a pass/fail test to judge where their offensive line is, it will come against a unit that goes at least six deep and is the best in the business.
“Well, I would think you’d rather see this than the little sisters of the poor,’’ Tice said Monday.
“You want to go out there and play the best because it callouses you. It makes you tough, not only physically but mentally.’’
According to Tice, his oft-maligned line graded out well against the Washington Redskins last weekend, but that came against a 3-4 defense, and not a great one at that. Business is about to pick up this weekend.
“Eventually, your tackles are blocking big linebackers,’’ Tice said of the 3-4.
“So now you want to see them against some real large, athletic, strong defensive ends and then see where we’re at.’’
Tice said the plan is to start J’Marcus Webb at left tackle and Chris Spencer at left guard, then switch the two out with tackle Chris Williams and guard Chilo Rachal. May the best duo win.
And just maybe, Tice will leave the Giants game with a better idea of who the starters will be.
“Let’s face it, this is going to be the week,’’ Tice said.
“We’ll all know when we watch the game. You guys can text me and tell me who it should be.’’
Hiding their hand
Tight ends Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth raved about how many more catches were coming their way in Tice’s new-look offense, but through the first two games, the two have one total catch and were targeted only three times.
According to quarterback Jay Cutler, don’t believe what is seen in preseason.
“We have plenty of plays for the tight ends,’’ Cutler said. “Just because the ball didn’t go to them last game or the preseason game before that, it’s really not an indication of what we’re going to do with those guys.’’
According to coach Lovie Smith, punter Adam Podlesh (hip flexor) and safeties Chris Conte (shoulder) and Brandon Hardin (neck) “will all be all right.’’ Smith called all of them day-to-day.