The Chicago Bears claim the recent demotion of right tackle J'Marcus Webb was simply a planned move to get him more repetitions on the second team at left tackle but signs point to the switch becoming permanent.

With the Bears set to host San Diego on Thursday rookie fifth-round pick Jordan Mills is slated to start in Webb's right tackle spot with the veteran backing up Jermon Bushrod at left tackle.

"If he's going to be on our team if he makes our eight (offensive linemen that make the 53-man roster) then he's going to have to play more than one spot and this is an opportunity for him to get those reps" said offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer. "You don't want to have to do it on Wednesday of game week. You want to do it early in the season so he has a feel for what's going on."

Given the fact the club is executing a new offense with different blocking schemes than what its veterans have been accustomed to it would seem important for the Bears to get the starters as many repetitions as possible in the spots they'll be playing once the regular season rolls around in an effort to maximize cohesion along the offensive line. Starting center Roberto Garza isn't taking snaps at guard as a contingency plan for if a starter at that position goes down to injury. Bushrod isn't spending time working on the right side.

When starting guard Matt Slauson takes repetitions at center the snaps at that position are always limited.