Chicago Bears: Five Myths Surrounding the 2015 Team

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Aug 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long (75) during the second quarter of the preseason game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Myth 4: Kyle Long should and will be moved to tackle

One of the biggest story lines in the offseason in Chicago was about how the Bears “need” to move Kyle Long from Guard to Tackle.

Long has never played a snap at offensive tackle in the NFL and even though he’s the team’s best and most athletic lineman, he has quickly become one of the best guards in the NFL. Why would anyone want to disrupt that?

I’m not saying that Kyle Long would not be an upgrade over Jordan Mills or even possibly Jermon Bushrod, our current tackles. However, if they moved him there, that leaves a gaping hole where Long used to play and putting him in a position that he’s not used to. Is that making the team better?

If there’s some major injuries at tackle, then that may be a different story. Until then, leave it alone.

The bottom line is that we tend to take mechanics for granted when it comes to football. We might notice when a player uses sloppy technique, but few people consider the fundamentals when players move position or even change sides of the line. It’s very difficult and not interchangeable.

Many think that because a player is athletic, they can play anywhere. Tell that to Devin Hester.

The Bears have arguably the best offensive guard in the NFL – again, leave it alone!

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