"I think it is an injustice to just roll a guy, even as simple as it sounds, left to right (without preparation)," Fox said after practice. "Whether you are doing it with a corner an outside backer, a guard or a tackle, they need to practice it. This is a good time of year to get the techniques, get the sets and all of the different communication that has to happen with the O-line getting that valuable reps and experience."
With starters missing time due to injury, Fox has a perfect excuse to experiment with Long all across the line. If the third-year pro performs well, the Bears could slide him to a more valuable position. If not, Chicago knows it still has one of the best guards in football.