July 7th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Bears offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb played surprisingly well in 13 games last season.

Webb, last year’s seventh-round pick filled in nicely at right tackle last season and is expected to get a shot to start at left tackle once the lockout is over.

Webb had a lot to say about his rookie season, the current lockout and his off-season, here’s what he talked about:

“I leave that (decision) to the coaching staff,” said Webb, who played right tackle as a rookie. “Coach (Mike) Tice is really good about putting guys in the right place. And I would love to be in that premier position, left tackle. I just want to contribute any place possible — either left or right. I definitely don’t want to leave any doubt on the field. But I am ready; I’m prepared for anything they throw at me.”

“We got so close (advancing to the NFC Championship Game) last year and, yes, we didn’t get on the big stage,” Webb said. “But we definitely have the talent and the experience to do so. We definitely want to fulfill that this year. Bringing back Olin Kreutz and keeping me on the right side or the left side … whichever they see fit … just bringing back the guys we had and jelling and stuff early on is going to be huge.”

“You’ve got to have a little bit of attitude and you’ve got to have a little bit of aggression,” Webb said as he sat in a downtown Chicago hotel room. “You know, they have their best guys coming at you. But everybody in the league gets paid to do what they do best. So you’ve got to be the best. You’ve got to have, what is it? The eye of the tiger on that (left) side.”

“It has happened on occasion,” Webb said of the veteran offensive linemen. “You don’t want to be too quiet, just sitting at home twiddling your thumbs. That’s not too good if you want to win some games. We want to keep in touch and make sure everything’s OK with everybody. Me being the younger guy, they definitely keep in touch with me more often than I do them. I guess it’s their job. I guess they feel that their play is perfected a little bit better than mine, so they want to make sure that I am on the same page.”

“It’s kind of like the internal clock is ticking,” he said. “I have been wanting to hit somebody here pretty soon. I’m just real anxious. Kind of giddy. These (personal) workouts and stuff like that … I don’t have the camaraderie as I would if I were in Lake Forest. Get on the field and show everybody what we’re made of.”

All quotes from Chicagotribune.com.

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