Josh Beekman is the Chicago Bears' starting left guard -- for now

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears made two changes on the offensive line near the conclusion of Thursday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Kevin Shaffer replaced Orlando Pace at left tackle -- because Pace "had the wind knocked out of him" -- and Frank Omiyale took over at left guard on the final drive for Josh Beekman.

"We just liked Frank's ability to pass block," Lovie Smith said Monday about the decision to pull Beekman. "We were in a different mind set at the end of the game when we had to pass the football. We liked Frank a little more in that situation then."

"I just got to do a little better battling big guys," Beekman said. "Olin [Kreutz] showed me some techniques today of bull rushes and things like that."

So is Beekman still the starting left guard?

"For now. Coach makes the final say, so we'll see what happens," Beekman responded.

If the Bears are eager to get Omiyale back on the field, perhaps they should consider him at tackle -- the position he expected to play when he signed here in the offseason. Just a thought.