Bears offensive tackles J'Marcus Webb and Frank Omiyale help up Jay Cutler (Photo courtesy of Andrew Nelles)

Bears Tackles Are Worse Than You Think


Bears offensive tackles J’Marcus Webb and Frank Omiyale help up Jay Cutler (Photo courtesy of Andrew Nelles)

It’s no big surprise that the Chicago Bears offensive tackles were brutal last year.  Thanks to the fine folks at Pro Football Focus, we have a way to quantify their badness besides percentage of black and blue marks covering Jay Cutler’s body.

The formula for pass blocking efficiency is pretty simple,  they add sacks + 75% of hurries and QB hits and divide that all by the number of snaps in pass protection and multiply by 100 just because they can.  The formula looks a little something like this to you math geeks like me out there:

((Sacks + (0.75 * Hits) + (0.75 * Hurries)) / Pass Pro Snaps) * 100

The best in the business is Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long, with a PBE (that’s Pass Blocking Efficiency) of 2.71.  Like golf, the lower your score the better.  On the flipside, the worst left tackle was San Diego’s Brandon Dombrowski with a PBE of 10.61.  In fairness, he only had about 212 snaps worth of pass protection action, so the numbers are a little skewed.

We know one left tackle with plenty of pass protection snap – Frank Omiyale.  Frankie O had 665 snaps in pass protection and scored a PBE of 7.18, good for fourth worst among all left tackles in the NFL. 

For you J’Marcus Webb fans who are ready to rush the rookie over to the left side, Webb ranked dead last among right tackles with a PBE of 9.18 in 531 opportunities.  How do the Bears fix this situation?  Here are a few ideas:

  1. Get Gabe Carimi into the starting lineup as quickly as possible.  For what it’s worth, I think you leave Webb on the right side and put the Bear Jew on the left side with Frank Omiyale playing left out.
  2. Go out and sign another tackle whenever Free Agency opens up.  If you throw enough crap at the wall, some of it is bound to stick.
  3. Re-consider the offensive philosophy, something that Mike Martz and Mike Tice did during the BYE week.  The line is chalked full of road graders, so load them up and run the damn ball.
  4. Introduce Brandon Manumaleuna to a treadmill.  Am I the only one who’s scared what he’s been up to during the lockout without any adult supervision, otherwise known as OTA’s?  The Bears brought him in last year to be like another tackle in Mike Martz’s offense.  He fit in in that he stunk like the rest of our tackles.  Fix him or cut him loose!

What are your ideas to fix the Bears’ offensive tackle problem?  Post them in the Comments.

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  • DeCon

    Damn, I knew it was bad…just not that bad…BEAR JEW to the rescue!!! I really think Carimi will be solid, but I remember, all too well, Stan Thomas, so I agree, spend FA money on at least 2 OL-men to compete and 1 tall WR who can lineup as a REAL redzone threat. Imagine if JC got another 6’5″ target to put opposite Greg Olsen in the redzone? If JC can stay upright long enough to get the ball to the 5 yard line, that would be MONEY!!!

  • Chicago Irish

    Great, another worthless stat to tell me what my eyes saw for 16+ games last year. I didn’t really need a statistical calculation to let me know Frank Ole-miyale couldn’t block a wheel chair rolling up hill.

    No disrespect to you, Boom, for posting this article. IMO there are way too many stats in professional sports. All that matters is wins and loses. This new stat for the Bears O-line equates to a 3AM visit to White Castle…no matter what you know, the end result is the same…sh!t!

  • Windy Cynic

    I love how the name Chris Williams isn’t even mentioned.

    The 4th tight end needs to be cut… not sure why we picked him up last year for an offense that doesn’t feature the position we sure had a lotta bodies.

    Free agency is our only way to protect our biggest investment (#6) of my lifetime.

    As for a big wide out, put Olsen on the outside and play Kellen Davis. Olsen will create mismatches against smaller corners and save the money for a credible tackle.

    Taylor and Brandon’s money could be well spent.

    • Boomer

      Great point about Williams Cynic. Until I read your comment, I hadn’t even thought of him at tackle. Time to dust off the cobwebs this offseason.

    • Doshi

      The 4th TE will be cut. Unfortunately, his name will be Desmond Clark…