Bears and Williams were never a good match

Williams' arm length didn't cause him to fail, but it probably prevented him from excelling.

"With his arm length, hand placement became critical," one front office man said. "He let players get into his pads and he got pushed some."

•He got caught up in organizational change.

Ron Turner and Harry Hiestand were the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach who agreed to draft Williams. They were gone after Williams' second year.

Mike Martz and Mike Tice, who replaced them, clearly were less enamored with Williams. Tice, in fact, worked out Webb before the 2010 draft and has taken pride in developing him as the team's left tackle.

When general manager Jerry Angelo was fired after last season, Williams no longer had a powerful sponsor on the team.

Some scouts believe Williams would be better in a zone blocking scheme than in Tice's type of offense.

Williams was not a terrible draft pick. But he wasn't a great one either. Most, but not all talent evaluators had Williams projected as a first-rounder before the draft.

The Bears might have reached a bit on him to fill a need. The Broncos took the player they really wanted, Ryan Clady, two spots ahead of them.

They chose Williams ahead of tackles Brandon Albert, Gosder Cherilus, Jeff Otah, Sam Baker and Duane Brown, each of whom was picked later in the first round.

Cherilus, Otah and Baker have struggled with inconsistencies. Clady, Albert and Brown each has developed into one of the league's better left tackles.

The Bears would have been better off with one of them — assuming they had committed to them and developed them.

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