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J’Marcus Webb: What Did You Expect?
- Updated: August 30, 2013
With the 218th pick in the 2010 draft, J’Marcus Webb was drafted by the Chicago Bears. The 6’7, 330 pound tackle started his college career at Texas, before transferring to Navarro College, then finally to West Texas A&M where he finished. It was easy to see why the Bears made Webb their 7th round selection. He was a 4-star high school prospect, rated as the 3rd best tackle in the class of 2006 by Rivals. He committed to Texas after being an All-American, and played the entire season as a Freshman for the Longhorns. However, academic issues led to Webb’s transferring from Texas. He played well enough at West Texas A&M to be drafted, and the Bears were high on the potential still brimming in Webb that led him to be that All-American who could have been a long term starter at Texas, even though he never truly reached his potential to that point.
The Bears gave Webb the opportunity to play right away, as he started 12 games during his rookie year as a right tackle. He made mistakes, and was pretty underwhelming. But he was given a pass because he was just a rookie, and he still had so much potential.
In 2011, Webb became the starting left tackle. The Bears put faith in him to protect Jay Cutler’s blindside, and hoped that he would finally realize his potential. The season came and went, Webb under-impressed given the expectations, and many Bears fans were calling for him to be benched.
The same situation formulated in 2012, and in September, after playing like his typical Webb self against the Green Bay Packers, Jay Cutler yelled at the left tackle, and bumped into him. And Webb just took it. He did nothing to stand up for himself, he didn’t push Cutler back, he just took it, which pretty much defines Webb’s career. He doesn’t force the issue with opposing defenders, rather he tends to sit back and wait for defenders to beat him.
With the signing of Jermon Bushrod, Webb was moved over to the starting right tackle spot, where he was finally expected to thrive after three years in the NFL, 44 career starts, and without having the burden of protecting the blindside. Needless to say, Webb did not thrive. He quickly lost his starting spot to rookie 5th round pick Jordan Mills, but he was given the 4th and final preseason game as a chance to prove that he should still be on the team. Webb played every snap against the Cleveland Browns, playing against 2nd and 3rd string players. He should have straight up dominated the competition, but he once again was subpar. The subpar you would expect from, say, a 7th round pick.
Webb never should have been a starter in the NFL. Everyone is always talking about his potential, and while it seems there is still a lot of potential there, potential only goes so far. It doesn’t actually translate into results unless the player is interested in tapping his potential, and the passive Webb never seemed too interested in becoming the best he could be. The Bears’ lack of capable offensive linemen, not Webb’s talent, led to him starting a lot of games, but you cannot equate starting a lot of games with being a successful player. He was mediocre from the beginning, and we shouldn’t have expected anything else.
In the end, Webb never reached his potential with the Bears. Furthermore, he simply didn’t seem interested in reaching his potential. He may one day grow to become a successful lineman, though it will not be as a member of the Chicago Bears. Webb was finally cut, ending the Webb era that caused a lot of stress to a lot of Bears fans. But to the fans who truly thought Webb would perform better, I have to say, what did you expect from a 7th round pick more interested in social media than football?
It’s time to move on, and the Bears start their regular season on September 8th. You can check out my preview and predictions for the season here. Also make sure to like us on Facebook for more updates! Any comments? Want to share your thoughts on J’Marcus Webb? Leave a comment below, and we’ll chat.
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Author: Rob Wegley
Co-Owner of The Runner Sports, Senior Editor for The Runner Sports, Writer for The Runner Sports focused on the NFL and the NBA. Located in the Chicago area. Professional journalist since 2012.