LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- At some point, the Chicago Bears would like to settle on a permanent starting five on the offensive line.
"Getting guys experience always helps later in the year if you get injuries," Bears center Olin Kreutz said. "We want to get the same five guys on the field every week, and the closer we get to that, the better for us. It's always hard because offensive line play is about playing together. That's the NFL, that's what happens. Guys go down and guys have to step up."
Through five games, the Bears have started two different left tackles (Chris Williams, Frank Omiyale), two right guards (Lance Louis, Edwin Williams) and three right tackles (Omiyale, Kevin Shaffer, J'Marcus Webb).
Expect the line to change again now that Chris Williams looks to be back in the mix.
"In a way, it is somewhat tough to mesh because everybody has their own different blocking abilities and blocking techniques," Edwin Williams said. "At the same time, I think chemistry can work off the field as well. The offensive line is very tight, everybody is very close.
"When you know it's somebody that you depend on, and they depend on you, it feels a lot different than if it was a co-worker. I don't feel like these guys are my co-workers, I feel like they are my friends, because I hang out with them everyday and every week. It's kind of cool."