The Chicago Bears made a noticeable change to their offensive line Weeks 9 and 10, sitting a healthy Larry Borom in favor of veteran Riley Reiff.

The 23-year-old Borom had started the first seven games at right tackle for the Bears this year, and after missing a game after sustaining a concussion Week 7 against the New England Patriots, he was ready to return for Chicago’s Week 9 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. That never happened, though, as Reiff, who filled in during Borom’s absence, took over the starting role.

Reiff is 33 and has played over 150 games in his 11 seasons in the league, and when Bears head coach Matt Eberflus was asked why Chicago is choosing to start an older veteran over a healthy younger player, he gave an honest response.

Bears HC Matt Eberflus: ‘Riley’s Done Well’

When speaking with the media on November 14, Eberflus confirmed the right tackle job will be Reiff’s to lose moving forward, and he explained why.

“First of all, Larry’s done a great job,” Eberflus said. “He’s been awesome and he’s been a pro and he’s working his tail off in there. But Riley’s done well. You know, Riley’s done well in there since he’s had that spot. He’s playing with a good demeanor. He’s functioned well. He’s graded out well. So we’re just going that way at this point.”

Eberflus did note it’s possible we’ll see Borom again yet this season. “It’s still a competition,” Eberflus added. “We’ll see how it goes, and you know how it goes with the NFL — some guys go down, all of a sudden Larry’s back in. So you never know what can happen.”

In 212 snaps at right tackle for the Bears, Reiff has allowed four pressures, a quarterback hit and a sack. He has been penalized just once and has a 72.6 pass block grade from Pro Football Focus.

In 417 snaps at RT, Borom surrendered 10 pressures, a QB hit and three sacks. He was flagged three times and has a slightly better pass block grade from PFF than Reiff (74.3).

Michael Schofield is much better than Lucas Patrick at guard.

I’d also take Riley Reiff over Larry Borom right now. #DaBears #Bears

— Clay Harbor (@clayharbs82) November 15, 2022

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