Bears' Kyle Long on move to tackle: 'Not everything is going to be rainbows'


Bears' Kyle Long on move to tackle: 'Not everything is going to be rainbows'

"Not everything is going to be rainbows."

That may be one of the most accurate quotes to assess a football game in history.

After all, has anybody - or any team - ever played a perfect game of football?

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That's also how Kyle Long assessed his performance as the Bears moved their two-time Pro Bowler from right guard to right tackle in the regular season opener Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

"You get so comfortable at one position, and then you get moved," Long said after the Bears' 31-23 loss. "But that's part of the deal in football, especially on the offensive line.

"We have a great group of guys around me and we need to continue to push forward and compete. Not everything is going to be rainbows."

Long said he found out he was going to be playing right tackle in the opener just last weekend and the Bears played the move close to the vest leading up to the matchup against a heated division rival.

"They've done a good job since letting me know it was going to be the decision in the past week or so," Long said. "It's a lot different in the game. But we practice at a tempo, and the defense practices at a tempo to prepare our offensive line.

"I had my struggles individually, but I did some things that I can keep my head up. I thought I played pretty hard. I'm going to move on and make progress next week."

Among those struggles, Long was was beat by former teammate Julius Peppers for a sack and near-fumble of quarterback Jay Cutler in the first half.

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But Long also deserves his fair share of credit for the Bears gaining 402 yards of total offense, including 189 yards on the ground.

"I thought [Long] played well," Cutler said. "We'll look at the film, but for having one week at right tackle, I thought he did excellent."

Long mentioned several times that he and the rest of the offensive line have a bad taste in their mouths after leaving yards on the field, namely when the Bears couldn't score on three attempts from the two-yard line in the fourth quarter.

The Packers made life difficult for Long by mixing up looks and lining up a tandem of All-Pro rushers across from him in Peppers and Clay Matthews.

But Matthews was held without a sack (even if he did have an interception that essentially ended the game) and the plan is for Long to stick at right tackle for the foreseeable future with the Bears.

"If they didn't think I was too atrocious," Long said, "I'll continue to play out there."

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