Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune quotes right tackle Kyle Long on Twiter after the game Sunday:
“I played like dog (excrement) today Missed blocks, holding penalties. You should never hear my name. Sorry Chicago. You deserve great”
He did, indeed. I was tempted to mention Long’s play as a problem in my game comments. I didn’t in the end.
Long was put in a tough spot, switched to a new position on the line literally on the eve of the season. He’s still learning the position and I’m not inclined to be too critical. Yet.
The good news is that, to my eye, Long isn’t getting beat physically and, though the holding penalties aren’t good, I don’t see them as an indication that he can’t do that job once he becomes acclimated and is assignment sound. If Long is still performing like this in week eight, I may have more to say about him.