Chris Williams fine with switch

Updated: October 15, 2010, 11:45 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Former first-round pick Chris Williams downplayed the Chicago Bears' decision to move the former starting left tackle to left guard for Sunday's home game against the Seattle Seahawks.

When a team is 4-1 like the Bears, decisions are accepted more readily.

"We've been winning games," Williams said Friday. "I got myself injured [hamstring], so you got to come back and get in where you can. And for me, that's left guard.

"I just do what my coaches tell me. It wasn't like a lengthy explanation was needed."

Drafted No. 14 overall in 2008, Williams was supposed to be the left tackle of the future, but after three years in the league, Williams is about to change positions for the third time.

Frank Omiyale and rookie J'Marcus Webb will open up at left and right tackle, respectively, while Edwin Williams will start at right guard.

"It's a different position," Chris Williams said. "The guys in there are bigger. It's closer quarters in there. It's just a different position. But it's all football, the technique is all the same. It's just different things to do. Guards have different responsibilities. It's a little different assignment wise."

Before suffering a hamstring injury against Dallas on Sep. 19, Williams struggled in pass protection during training camp and the preseason. According to Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice, Williams is a better run blocker than pass protector at this point in his career.

"If that's what he [Tice] grades me at, that's fine," Williams said. "That's what he says, so yeah, I think I'm pretty good at both."

A move back to left tackle remains a possibility, but Williams refused to speculate on whether he'll return to his natural spot at some point this season.

"All I worry about is this week, just lining up and playing," Williams said. "We'll worry about that later.

"A job is a job, I'm just going out there to play football, man. It doesn't matter where I line up at. I'm going to give it my best shot and play as hard as I can. If it's left guard, left tackle, defensive tackle, safety, I mean whatever. I'll play whatever."

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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