Audibles From the Long Snapper: Carimi to Guard, Final Five & More

Audibles From the Long Snapper: Carimi to Guard, Final Five & More

Lance Louis to IR, Gabe Carimi to Right Guard?

Lance Louis was the Bears best offensive lineman in 2012 and he's the second major player lost by the team to a dirty hit this year. The Bears will miss his toughness and they will certainly miss taking the majority of their run game off his right hip.

But now the table is set for Gabe Carimi. What we have heard about Carimi is exactly what the tape has shown through eleven games. He's got fight in him. He's an excellent run blocker who seems to thrive finishing plays. But he lacks the footwork and technique required to handle the type of athletes currently coming off the edge in the modern NFL. At right guard, Carimi will not have to worry about such issues. His job will be simple: line up and beat the man in front of you. Yes he lacks the experience at the position of Edwin Williams and Chris Spencer but this should be his job.

Quotes Jay Cutler:

"Maybe we're on to something. Maybe he's a guard. I don't know," Cutler said Monday on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "I know he's a guy who took the demotion really personally. He was hurt by it. He wants to be in there. He cares about his performance. He's hungry. Maybe him coming in at guard is going to be a blessing in disguise for him."

If Carimi thrives in his new role, he could prove to be a stabilizing force on the team's most maligned unit. I would imagine the look of that unit Sunday will be Webb - Williams - Garza - Carimi - Scott.

Final Five: Schedules for Bears & Packers

The race to win the NFC North is going to go right down to the wire after Sunday so the Bears retake control. Here is who Chicago and Green Bay meet down the stretch:

Bears: home Seattle, at Minnesota, home Green Bay, at Arizona, at Detroit

Packers: home Minnesota, home Detroit, at Chicago, home Tennessee, at Minnesota

How will it play out? Who knows. But I feel quite confident saying the Bears will win the NFC North by beating the Packers at home on December 16th. That's the division right there. With a win there the Bears can afford to drop another game along the way and feel no worse for the wear. It will be decided at Soldier Field.

A side note to the 2012 season is quickly becoming the relevance of the Vikings down the stretch. The Bears should be rooting for Minnesota to stay relevant so they NEED that Week 17 encounter to possibly make the tournament.

Sherman, Brown Will Play at Soldier Field Sunday

The NFL says Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner used Adderall and the NFL also contests Adderall somehow makes you better at football. (It doesn't.)

With Seahawks starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner facing four-game suspensions for allegedly testing positive for Adderall, the suspensions won’t take effect until the appeals have been resolved.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL wants to resolve the appeals quickly.

The league wants to conduct the hearings next week.  The players are resisting, not in order to delay the punishment but because the challenge to the suspensions will arise from irregularities in the collection process.  In order to properly prepare for the hearings, the players and the NFLPA will need to consult with experts, and possibly retain one or more of them to testify.

Don't know about Adderall?

Sherman and Browner may miss four games to suspension but they'll be playing Sunday.

Administrative Note

DaBearsBlog will be leaving ChicagoNow on March 1st 2013 instead of the previously mentioned January 1st. We're doing this partly to not bail out on our partner of four years in the middle of a playoff campaign and partly to ensure the newly-built DBB can handle all it needs to upon our immediate launch.

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    Also New England can help us out by beating SF. That gives the Bears at shot at the 2 seed.

  • The whole substance abuse policy is ridiculous, but it is very hard to find effective ways to police drug use without getting into silly territory. I don't like the strict liability that lead to the StarCaps mess, which I totally sided with the players on. But I do think that perscription meds taken without a perscription should be grounds for liability.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    you do know why players take Star Caps right? take off your lawyer hat and approach it from a different angle.

    Why would a football player take a diuretic/weight loss supplement that is designed for middle aged women?

    answer:
    because the product contains bumetanide which expedites the excretion of illegal steroid metabolites (read: hides illegal steroid abuse)

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Yeah, but all you need for that is a crooked doctor.

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    Looks like Jay is actually getting some respect...

    http://deadspin.com/5963144/jay-cutler-the-antihero-who-looks-a-lot-like-a-hero?post=54602350

  • In reply to Chris Odom:

    Haters gonna haey wait a minute.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Nicely done Nugget, my mang.

  • In reply to Chris Odom:

    Nice. I hated the stupidity of the toss because it killed the drive. Know it had to feel good. That was a great stiff arm.

  • The Bears should be rooting for Minnesota to stay relevant so they NEED that Week 17 encounter to possibly make the tournament.

    Absolutely. And what better way to stay relevant than to smash the Packers next week? (A fellow can dream, can't he?)

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Actually, what I'd like to be seeing in Week 17 is the Vikings knocking the fudge completely out of the playoffs.

  • like i said in the last thread, let's hope this carimi to guard thing doesn't follow the cookie to guard thing:

    1st round LT gets injured in year 1
    Comes back in year 2, not at his natural position
    Moves to guard and thrives in the role
    Gets cut

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I'm all for the thriving at guard part.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    No shit, and cut for a pouty bitch that decides to walk off the team.

    Absurdity at Halas Hall - all too real, eh?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I'm guessing it's a lot more than just pouty Dave. I'm guessing it was crazy territory and they wanted to get him some help.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I hope not, for Chilo's sake.

  • Not that it really matters, but I'd say the Bears have a slightly more difficult final five.

    We're stuck with leprechaun code until St. Patty's now? fack.

  • Words of wisdom from a smooth brotha I take the train with sometimes:

    Me: Seahawks dead. Going to be a dirty 3 way ass kicking fest with Cutty, Marshall and Bush.

    Tony M : no one stopping Cutty, who the seahawks qb?

    Me: Russell Wilson

    Tony M :Russell Wilson? Russell Wilson? Man, Fuck Russell Wilson. He dead.

    Monday Morning Madness.

    Bears.

  • Bears.

  • Fuck Kumar and his jump balls.

  • We all better hope that Rudolph and Percy get better soon then, cause without them, the Vikes have almost no chance.

    Naturally, they'll probably miss the Pack game, but return right on time for us.

  • Sounds about right. I'm guessing the Beloved will be really fired up for that one.

  • Webb and the rest of the Oline should take notes...

    “I definitely told him, ‘Thanks for sticking up for me’ and all that kind of stuff,’” Dalton said. “It’s always good to have teammates like that.”

    As much as Dalton likes Whitworth, Whitworth is talking like a man who loves Dalton. Asked after the game about protecting Dalton, Whitworth said, “I’ve got two contracts in my life. One, with my wife because we’re married. And, two, I’ve got a contract to protect Andy Dalton. I’ll do both of those to the best of my ability.”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/26/andy-dalton-im-glad-i-have-a-teammate-willing-to-get-ejected-for-me/

  • I always wondered why Spencer started over Ed Williams (or even Cookie for that matter at LG). Perhaps the money. But at least now Ed Williams finally gets a chance.

    Carimi seems like he could be a solid RG, but I hope he learns how to pass protect cause it seems like we got 30 guards and on tackles.

    I had a good feeling about Scott (totally irrational), and that's why I wanted to see him in the lineup. Hope he continues to impress, because if he does, we can FINALLY solidify the Oline and gain some chemistry before it's too late.

    We need to promote a few more OTs from the practice squad - because what happens if another OT or G goes down?

  • we're propper fucked.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    you know, but with only one 'p'

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think that's the way the Britts spell it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You mean only two 'p's :-P

  • http://bearsalltiedupmofo.ytmnd.com

  • In reply to Shady:

    I can't help thinking that Cutty was muttering the whole time, "I'm gonna tie your laces so you can't use that as a fucking excuse if you get beat."

  • In reply to Shady:

    For some reason, I imagined Webb with velcro strap shoes.

    Just seems like that type of guy. The same guy who tucks his shirt into his underwear.

  • velcro. ha!

  • This dude is funny: http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2012/11/26/martellus-bennett-credits-his-spidey-senses-for-catching-fan-after-15-foot-fall/

    Damn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLmdHknLHMU

  • It's awesome to see marshall at the top of the receivers list. He is tied for the lead for TD's and second only to megatron in yards.

    Tice, please don't forget the recipe for success. Quick passes, move pocket, run ball.

    Long live Cut

  • Peanut news:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000101637/article/charles-tillman-of-bears-reportedly-has-chipped-bone

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