Blackhawks

For Webb, it is time, starting with Broncos speed demons

838299.png

For Webb, it is time, starting with Broncos speed demons

The question was how he felt last years game in Denver against the Broncos on December 11 had gone for him. JMarcus Webb didnt answer at first, then smiled.

Long time ago, he said, laughing.

Loose translation: The young left tackle believes he has come a long way since then and he isnt looking back.

Perfectly understandable. The Broncos sacked Caleb Hanie four times in that game. All were by speed rushers no bigger than Elvis Dumervils 255 pounds at right end. Dumervil, working against Webb, had one sack. Von Miller (237 pounds) had one and linebacker D.J. Williams (245) had two.

Lance Louis at right tackle had two false starts working against Miller. Webbs hands-to-the-face infraction was declined. Louis is back inside at guard and Gabe Carimi will get a first-quarter test against Miller.

But Webb is still at left tackle and in need of a better performance to gain the confidence of his quarterbacks (Jay Cutler will play, but sparingly; Jason Campbells fate also will be in the hands of Webb and the line). And his coach.

Its time.

We're out of the installation mode, and we can start, starting with the game against Denver, start looking at the protections, the protection schemes that we're going to use throughout the course of the season, said offensive coordinator Mike Tice.

Of Webbs play, Tice has been damning with faint praise. Webb is starting in part simply because Chris Williams has been worse to this point of training camp.

The motivation in Tices comments has not been lost on Webb.

I dont know if you can hear all the yelling, Webb said, laughing. No, Im kidding. Hes definitely pushed me to grow up a lot and be the player I should be. I just have to work hard every day to achieve excellence.

I take it as an all-around thing. I dont read too much into it.

Best guess, Tice does.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

crawford_usa_today_debut.jpg
USA TODAY

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!

The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

the_daily_line_logo.jpg
NBC Sports Chicago

The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: