More than the faces and places should be different on the Bears’ 2013 offensive line. For the first time since 2008 there exists the real expectation, rather than just the hope, that the same starting five on opening day will be the same for Game 16.

The four projected starters (giving J’Marcus Webb an edge on Jonathan Scott at right tackle) on the offensive line have started more than 40 straight games.

“I think as we continue to work the techniques that we’re trying to get across,” said offensive coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer, “we’ll come up with five guys we can trust, put them on the field and go.”

That was the plan of Ron Turner, Mike Martz and Mike Tice before Kromer. Durability and incompetence, however, curtailed the “go” part of the plan.

“The past couple of years we’ve been having the same guys, but switching spots,” said running back Matt Forte, who’s had to adjust to changes in front of him. “Somebody that’s been playing tackle moves to guard, and moves on the other side at the other tackle.

“So it’ll be important to have five guys up there who start the whole year, and God forbid injuries, just stay on that set line and work together.”