The Chicago Bears’ offensive line has been a strength early in the 2018 season, so much so that their one perceived trouble spot isn’t causing much of an issue at all. In fact, it seems as if the only issue at hand is figuring out who plays left guard and when.
Head Coach Matt Nagy told reporters the team is still evaluating the left guard position on its offensive line, via The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain. It doesn’t take the deepest dive to know that this situation is worth monitoring.
Rookie James Daniels was drafted to be a long-term solution, but is waiting in the wings behind veteran Eric Kush, who has held down the starting role since training camp. But the Bears treated the left guard spot as a time share between Daniels and Kush in Week 4. Kush started the game and played 37 snaps, but Daniels rotated in from time to time and totaled 27 snaps in his first regular season action as a professional. Daniels appeared to be in line for a promotion with his strong play, but instead of a brewing positional controversy, Nagy hinted that a Kush/Daniels rotation could continue as long as both continued to play well.
Frankly, I wouldn’t put it past Nagy to keep with a rotation – especially if it’s helping Daniels’ long-term development while not taking away from the offense’s success. We’re already seeing the team push forward with a running back platoon where the lead back (Jordan Howard) could lose playing time to his back-up (Tarik Cohen) based on a matchup’s fit. So if that line of thinking can be applied to other positions and if the team can be better for it, then it’s only right to continue on that path. At least until one player emerges to become clearly a better option.