The Chicago Bears have improved the offensive line
Last year, the Bears’ offensive line played to their absolute worst, so it can literally only go up from there. Everybody on the line seemed to struggle at one point or another. Everyone regressed from the previous season, and they had a former defensive tackle starting at right guard. It was a mess.
With Harry Heistand gone, the Bears replaced him with long-time coach Juan Castillo. Castillo is known around the league to develop players and get through to his offensive line. He recently turned around a poor offensive line in Buffalo to a top ten one this past season. Now, he has the task of doing the same with the Bears.
Castillo isn’t the only addition the Bears got for the line. Germain Ifedi signed a cheap deal to come battle Rashaad Coward for the starting right guard role. Ryan Pace said that Castillo was pulling for Ifedi because he loves his intangibles. Ifedi will be a massive upgrade from Coward even if he is just an average guard.
Not only do the Bears have some solid additions, but they also have some developing players as well that can take advantage of the Castillo signing. Players like Alex Bars and the two rookie offensive linemen Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons all can develop into fine linemen. Newly-signed Jason Spriggs can possibly develop into an upgrade at tackle for the Bears as well. They have a lot of depth at the moment with youth.
The thinking is that Castillo will bring the Bears line back to 2018 form: a mean offensive line that was top 10 in the NFL. Charles Leno Jr. was a Pro Bowl alternate, James Daniels showed his flashes locking down Aaron Donald for a full game, Whitehair was consistently awesome, and Massie lived up to his contract. Castillo can get it out of these guys and that’s why he was brought in.