LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The best person at Halas Hall to explain what went wrong with 2008 first-round pick Chris Williams is Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Despite Tice's new title this season, he continues to oversee the club's offensive line and spent the last two-plus years working directly with Williams. The team released the offensive tackle Tuesday.
"Chris is a great guy and we had a great talk after we released him," Tice said. "He's had some bad breaks; he's had some bad injury breaks. We tried to move him inside [to guard] a little bit, and just as things were going last year he got dinged up a little bit and lost some time. Right now, I just think the organization felt it would be good for him to maybe get a fresh start.
"We have some young guys that we like [practice squad offensive linemen James Brown and Cory Brandon] so that's part of the thing. We brought Jonathan [Scott] in, and Jonathan has been a starter in this league; although a backup starter, he's been a starter in this league. It's unfortunate. Chris is a great guy and he did everything we asked him to do. I wish him the best of luck and he knows that."