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Cutler often had little time and compounded matters with some poor decisions. Matt Forte, meanwhile, ran his way into a competition with Taylor, going from 1,238 yards rushing as a rookie to 929 last season while averaging 3.6 per carry. He finally came clean after the season, acknowledging hamstring and knee problems slowed him. That might explain why he had only two 100-yard rushing games _ both against Detroit _ but it didn’t help that the line was struggling.

That’s where Tice comes in, the Bears hope.

Kreutz said he “brings a lot more to the table” than other coaches. But he also inherits a line that’s set only at center and left tackle with Chris Williams.

The rest of the spots are up for grabs.

Martz said the rotation should start to come into focus within the next two weeks and that it’s not unusual for a line to struggle early in camp with a new system in place, something that has happened to a degree. He has no concerns about Tice, however.

“I think we have the best guy coaching there is, I really do,” Martz said. “I can’t tell you what a comfortable feeling it is for me. You just know things are going to get done right and you just know their approach, so I’m not worried about it at all.”

Players mention Tice’s attention to detail, the footwork and hand use. That’s been a major focus so far. And they mention his track record, particularly as an assistant. As Minnesota’s offensive line coach from 1997-2001, he helped five linemen _ Matt Birk, Jeff Christy, Randall McDaniel, Todd Steussie and the late Korey Stringer _ make a combined 10 Pro Bowls.

“He brings experience,” said Josh Beekman, who’s trying to lock down the left guard spot. “He brings a lot of knowledge. He really coaches us to be the best players we can possibly be.”