Detroit Lions, NFC North Position Rankings: Offensive Line
By Jack Ozark
3. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have a pretty solid line which a great mix of veterans and young players amongst it. The biggest name, and arguably the best player on the team, is guard Kyle Long. Long’s great play is why he’s one of the most known linemen in the league. He’s 6-foot6 and 320 pounds, which is pretty massive for an interior lineman.
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The only fault in his game is his health. Before last season the guy was an iron man, missing only one game in his career. But last year he missed eight games with an injured ankle. Hopefully, for both Long and the Bears, this injury doesn’t linger, and Long continues to dominate from the interior.
The Bears’ offensive line youth comes in left tackle Charles Leno Jr. and center Cody Whitehair. They are 25 and 24 years old respectively and seem to be the answer at those positions for the next couple of seasons.
The veterans of the line were both brought in via free agency last season. Right tackle Bobby Massie is first, who is coming into the second year of his three-year deal he signed. He started 15 games for the Bears last season and shouldn’t have a problem doing the same this year.
Finally is guard Josh Sitton. Sitton joined the Bears after the Green Bay Packers cut him following eight years of service to them. His peak may have come in a Packers uniform, but by no means is he washed up. As he gets older health may become an issue, but until then he provides great leadership and power to this line.