Bears Offensive Line 'Taking Turns Making A Mistake'

"The lack of consistency has really hurt us," position coach Harry Hiestand says.

Chris Emma
October 15, 2019 - 2:41 pm
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) throws a pass behind center Cody Whitehair (65).

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- With five returning starters and a veteran pedigree, the Bears hoped their offensive line would prove to be one of the NFL's best this season. 

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Intead, their offensive line has failed to meet those expectations -- or even come close. The inconsistent blocking has been a major part of the offense's struggles in averaging just 4.5 yards per play and only 3.4 yards per rush.

Like the rest of the Bears staff, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand spent the bye week self-scouting his unit and recognized the inconsistencies through the team's first five games.

"The biggest thing that stuck out to me was we were kind of taking turns making a mistake that really hurt the production of the play," Hiestand said. "That's what we really focused on, is dialing in and zeroing in on the details of getting five guys, in our case, to be doing exactly what we need to be done with detail to try to improve it. That's what stuck out.

"The lack of consistency has really hurt us. That's something we're zeroed in on and going to make sure we eliminate those mistakes that shut us down. Quit taking turns. Let's be five-for-five in giving the play a chance, keep working our technique, working our execution and we'll work out way through this."

The Bears (3-2) will have a new look on their offensive line when they host the Saints (5-1) on Sunday. Chicago shut down right guard Kyle Long, a three-time Pro Bowl lineman, due to a hip injury. He won't be designated for a return, coach Matt Nagy confirmed Monday, meaning Long's season is over and perhaps his time with the Bears too.

Without Long, the Bears are working to establish a new starter at right guard. The options in play are 10-year veteran Ted Larsen, converted defensive lineman Rashaad Coward and rookie Alex Bars, who was signed from the practice squad Tuesday.

Hiestand and the Bears aren't ready to name a replacement for Long just yet.

"Who gives us the best chance for success," Hiestand said. "Who's most consistent. Who's going to give us what we need. That will be a communal decision."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.