A day late and a dollar removed from the Chicago Bears‘ final preseason match up against the Cleveland Browns, and the speculation has already began as to who will and won’t make the team’s final 53-man roster.
Among the potential roster causalities is fourth-year lineman J’Marcus Webb. With the hearsay being more than true and Webb is now no longer destined to wear a Bears jersey, my response to his loss is akin to that of one of those cute minions from Despicable Me: “Whhhaaa!”
That’s not to say I’m surprised, shocked and/or appalled by the possible loss. In fact, I hate to say this, but if it is indeed true, it would have been a long time coming. Having started 32 consecutive games for the Bears at left tackle, in which defensive ends seemed to round the corner on him for sack after sack as if he had something against starting quarterbacks, Webb’s time was up.
Still, flaws and all, the Bears organization and Webb both agreed to restructure his contract (ie. the lineman took a pay cut), not to mention him being moved from left tackle to right.
Left, right, middle, bench, it didn’t (doesn’t) seem to matter for Webb on the field — the tackle, for all of his promise and potential, always seemed a step slower than the opposing defender, which I believe played into his lack of focus and as a result, led to multiple pre-snap penalties on the veteran lineman.
At best, Webb’s play has been mediocre and truth be told, that’s not going to cut it for this Bears team and organization that’s seen way too much mediocrity over the past several seasons.