Harry Hiestand is now going into his second year with this group. All starters returning and Long re-signed on a team friendly deal, no reason not to expect them to continue to improve and they finished last season ranked pretty damn well in protecting Biscuit according to PFF.
Ranking all 32 NFL offensive lines by pass-blocking efficiency
By Mark Chichester • Apr 8, 2019
Outlined in our Signature Stats Spotlight, pass-blocking efficiency has been talked about since we at Pro Football Focus started tracking every player on every play of every game. Effectively measuring pressures allowed on a per-snap basis, here is how all 32 NFL teams stacked up last year in terms of PBE.
2. Chicago Bears
2018 pass-blocking efficiency: 89.1
No team surrendered fewer pressures last season than the Chicago Bears, who allowed 117 from their 519 pass-blocking snaps. They ranked second among offensive lines in sacks allowed (11), fifth in hits allowed (14), and third in hurries allowed (92).
For a point of reference they were 11 overall on PFF's list the year before (2017)
..........BUT, by pass protection they were only ranked 19th.
Some of that is the change in talent from 2017 to 2018, some of it is the change in overall offense from he whom I shall not name to Nagy, but I think a LOT of it is the influence of Harry Hiestand. These five guys are imo the most important position group on the offense and the most important asset to Mitch's opportunity to develope.