Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 Oct 2009

Frank Omiyale Benched

Or "Why it's probably not a good idea to give a $14 million deal to a utility lineman." Josh Beekman takes over.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 28 Oct 2009

12 comments, Last at 29 Oct 2009, 3:45pm by BigCheese


by Raiderjoe :: Wed, 10/28/2009 - 10:45pm

fantasy owners of Matt Forte probably got a little happy

by BigCheese :: Thu, 10/29/2009 - 3:45pm

The I'm guessing not uncommon combination of Bears fans and Forte owners to which I belong, is doing backflips.

- Alvaro

by Lou :: Wed, 10/28/2009 - 11:51pm


by c_f (not verified) :: Thu, 10/29/2009 - 12:49am

Oh thank goodness! In retrospect, maybe Omiyale at LG was a combination of "we have to play the guy with the big contract" with "we have the starting tackles we want already."-

In the offseason, the Bears lost both starting Tackles, St. Clair and Tait. A healthy Chris Williams always had a starting spot coming, but the Bears might not have been sure whom they could get to pair with Williams. They signed Omiyale to presumably play RT, then signed Kevin Shaffer to compete in camp and be a swing tackle, then signed Pace, who wanted to play on the left side. So I guess they wanted to play the guy who got the money, and that had to be at LG.

Beekman's kind of undersized, and might end up at C. In the mean time he's a better pass blocker than run blocker, but he'll be an upgrade over Omiyale.

by tuluse :: Thu, 10/29/2009 - 12:11pm

I believe the thinking was more like, "this is a really athletic lineman who's been in the NFL for a few years and has even played a little. Lets get him, then figure out where he fits." It's the type of move that probably works out for the Giants, but fails epically in this case.

by Mike Y :: Thu, 10/29/2009 - 2:21am


by Ryan D. (not verified) :: Thu, 10/29/2009 - 9:48am

Is this the same back-up that the Panthers didn't even bother to re-sign at the end of last season?

by Chip :: Thu, 10/29/2009 - 10:13am

Omiyale played 1.5 games for Carolina last year at OLT and ORT. He showed some flashes and 10 teams made offers to him once he hit free agency. The Bears just happened to be the most desperate bidder. The Panthers wanted to resign him couldn't compete given cap / cash situation.

by Eddo :: Thu, 10/29/2009 - 10:06am

About time.

It wasn't just problems blocking guys he was engaged with. I've seen several screens where he just couldn't decide which LB to block, so he chose neither.

by Thanos (not verified) :: Thu, 10/29/2009 - 12:03pm

Those screens that you refer to made me want to pull my hair out. How could he be that indecisive?

by Jimmy :: Thu, 10/29/2009 - 12:44pm

If it were only the screens then it would have been much better. He couldn't double team and then move up to the second level when zone blocking or find anyone to block on a sweep. He couldn't even block his guy on the Power runs and that is supposed to be the Bears bread and butter. All the LG has to do on that run is just hit the guy as hard as he can as it shouldn't matter which way you push him but he couldn't do that either.

He might have a future at RT but taking a very raw OT and trying to teach them to play guard in two months is not going to work in the NFL.

by Mythology Boy (not verified) :: Thu, 10/29/2009 - 10:47am

He's also the guy that Leonardo DiCaprio played in that movie about the impostor and check forger. The one that Tom Hanks chased down, despite the fact that Hanks' character was shackled with the worst fake Boston accent to appear on film since they wrapped up "Cheers."