Carimi Can Salvage Bears Career and Offensive Line With Guard Move

Carimi Can Salvage Bears Career and Offensive Line With Guard Move

When was the last time we entered a Chicago Bears game with the primary area of focus being... guard? (Answer: Never.) But that will absolutely be the case Sunday on the Lakefront as first-round selection Gabe Carimi makes his first ever NFL start at right guard.

When this season began, all media and fan eyes were fixated on the left tackle, on the JWebb Nation, on the predictable failure to protect the blind side of the franchise quarterback. Webb has not been good but he has - outside of prime time road disasters in Green Bay and San Francisco - been serviceable on the edge. It was not the 7th round pick from West Texas A&M forced to the bench. It was the 1st round pick from Wisconsin.

Carimi's collapse at right tackle has been the offensive line's most compelling and important development. He was expected to be successful. He was expected to allow offensive coordinator Mike Tice to use his slide protections and chips to aid the left side. And while he looked physical and angry in the run game, he struggled with footwork and technique in pass protection. Often he seemed embarrassingly nonathletic when matched against faster and stronger defensive ends. (My theory is the NFL has yet to adapt to the talent gap between pass rushers and pass blockers at the collegiate level.) Even against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a rout, Carimi had a holding penalty, two false starts and a sack allowed. So to the bench he went and journeyman tackle Jonathan Scott stepped into the position successfully against the Minnesota Vikings.

Jared Allen. Launch. Lance Louis. Done.

Now Gabe Carimi will start at right guard Sunday against the ferocious front of the Seattle Seahawks - one of the top defenses in all of the NFL. And as all eyes are fixed on him, Carimi will have an opportunity to salvage his once promising career in Chicago. If he can string together half a dozen solid games at guard, the Bears may have found a solid guard to pair with a healthy Lance Louis in 2013.

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. Yes one would think the guard position should allow Carimi to accentuate the positives in his game and hide the negatives but a player as physically and emotionally fragile as he is can't be trusted. And switching from tackle to guard is not as easy as sliding your feet to the left a few times. It is an entirely different position - the equivalent of switching from wide receiver to tight end. Can Carimi pull it off? It's an impossible question to answer.

Sunday is about Carimi. And I know there will be one pair of eyes in Section 108 that rarely leaves his attention.

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  • Carimi would not be the first Bear of recent memory to be better at guard than tackle.

  • It's been said before that after playing left tackle all the time the move to right and the adjustment to the footwork can be a real challenge. I dont know if its the injury he had, or trouble with the footwork or a combo of both. Maybe another off season of healing and some work on his foot work he can return to tackle, but if he can make a great guard that will suit us fine too. Just get us some damn guys that can pass block. Our weak link is JWebb and I personally dont see that changing. He can't be trusted one on one. All I want for Christmas is a first round pick in April that actually comes in and makes an IMPACT!!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I've never ever said this before Murph, but I think we might need to address some small gaps, or just slightly smooth some rough edges along our oline.

    Just maybe?

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    saw that GP. how fucked is that. I would drop a fucking brick in my shorts. Jesus, creepy fucking little girl.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If you tried that in the States, that little girl would end up getting her brains blown out over all that elevator.

    Perhaps it's a kind of Brazillian population control thing to be doing that at what appears to be either a hospital or old folks home.

  • The Guard is a great movie. Great, great movie.

    Brendan Gleeson is fucking awesome in it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It was one of my favorite movies in the last few years. Brendan Gleeson is always good.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I also liked him in the bit part he played in "Gangs of New York".

  • Sign Long as FA LT. Move Webb back to right, Carima at guard and draft a psychopath at Guard/Center.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    can we get a tight end, too? please? i'll be good. i promise.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Do you think Tony Sheffler might prefer reuniting with Jay Cutler to playing 2nd banana at tight end to Brandon Pettigrew...?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    i don't see why he wouldn't. it's not like he'd come here and play 2nd fiddle to kellen davis.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Next year's draft class, unlike this past one, is actually pretty deep at TEs in my arm chair analysis.

    Eifert (Notre Dame) and Ertz (Standford) lead the way, and with our 32nd pick, completely draftable.

    Having either of them along with Marshall, Alshon and Forte (Not to mention Long) next year would be glorious.


  • In reply to jdawg:

    I vote we move Webb out to left out... like left out of the fucking building and organization.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Sounds good, if we have the mula.

    Joe Thomas went for $84 M, $44 M guaranteed. Marshall is costing about 9M per year, same as Cutler (and he'll get restructured). I think Pepp is around the same range, with Forte about 7M.

    This is all before Jennings and Melton get resigned.

    (Not to mention Wooten, Louis and, oh yeah, Urlacher)

    If the Bears can squeeze Long under the salary cap, that would make me ecstatic. Maybe Long learned from Super Mario's grab for money and be more reasonable.

  • When will Louis be healthy enough to play guard? Huge question. I doubt he's 100% to start next season. Try sorting that one out a minute.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    He has a torn MCL, not a ruptured ACL.

    He's not going to be like Lack, he will have pain (and plenty of it) when he flexes, but he can get his strength back quickly.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, i think it may be an ACL......

  • "Jared Allen. Launch. Lance Louis. Done".

    That would be NDAMAKONG Allen, Blogfather, who still trhinks his hit was prefectly LEGAL.

  • Boy Named Suh docked $30K for his ersatz attempted vasectomy/castration of Matt Schaub...?

    Sorry, NFL but with HIS track record, if that was worthy of a fine,
    it was worthy of a suspension.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    don't worry Al, I'm sure he'll get his suspension before the end of the year. It's in his blood to be dirty.

  • any interest?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nope...he is tiny and played mostly zone coverage in college.

  • this is childish, but pretty damn funny:

  • GREAT question. You guys know my answer:

  • Wow, that is quite a long piece dedicated to a guy we HAD to put in at G and basically survived for the remainder of the game. Now we're talking about him stringing together "a half a dozen solid games at guard?"

    I hope I'm wrong, but I think he fared well in a desperate situation but he is undersized and under-skilled to handle those big boys in the middle. I wouldn't be surprised to see Gurode in at RG sooner than later.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    "Underskilled" ?

    Apparently so, but


    The guy is SIX-FOOT-SEVEN and 300+ POUNDS !

    He may be "undersized" for an apartment building,
    but certainly not for an offensive linemen.

    There's concern is him being TOO big for guard, but Cutty dismissed that.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yeah, he's tall. Worries me a bit when it comes to leverage.

    He was getting bullrushed at RT anyhow. Carimi's just gonna have to get stronger period.

  • His biggest problem is that his knees were weak from surgery and having it wrapped up... he didn't get the muscle around them strong enough and so he can't take on bull rushers as well... that man is certainly not mentally weak though... it's not technique that is his problem... once he gets his legs back under him I've got faith he'll return back to being RT... we need a LT and a TE... my guess is no LT worth drafting will be left at pick 32


    This scout has Carimi rated as the 3rd best run blocking right tackle in the league, and the 3rd worst pass blocking right tackle in the league. Maybe an off season dedicated solely to pass blocking/footwork and he could get up to the middle of the pack at pass blocking and we'll be good to go. One can only hope!

  • Which is the most baffling part about it since Carimi played LT for 4 years in college.

    There were a few on here (including me) who wanted to try him out at LT.

    No one proposes that anymore.

    I gotta think it's his knee.

  • Dear Gabe,

    I hope you are doing nothing more than watching film of Rueben Brown dominating the fat bastards of Minnesota on a continuious loop.

    Get Some!

  • Murph,

    With repsect to your X-Mas wish, it's tough to get an impact player @ # 32 in the draft, but that is where we'll be picking this year.

    Bear Down!

  • In reply to Viva:

    Viva, impact for us is just starting and playing well enough not to be noticed. That for us would be a first rounder making an impact.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Oh, I dunno. Forte is an impact player drafted in Round 2. And though he maybe too fragile, Alshon has the potential to be an impact player. And Devin Hester certainly *was* an impact player.

  • Jay Cutler is a stud. (Thanks, Jerry!)

    That was for you, MB.

  • In reply to Viva:

    you bastard.

    You still owe me a steak dinner.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I will be in San Diego in February.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    and we will eat like men.

  • Now, back to my OUR OFFENSE IS PREDICTABLE kick. When I watched the game last Sunday I had my kids (very good) and my brothers kid (very obnoxious) running around acting like the little rat bastards that they are. In other words, seeing the game was almost impossble, and hearing the game was not happening.

    So I watched the game again last night, and about ten minutes into the game Moose Johnson says "if you are the Vinkings right now, all you have to do is watch Lance Louis, he will take you to the ball.....)" Glad I'm not the only one...

    Bye the way, Eric Weems is a great downfield blocker. It was fun seeing him get in the heads of his opponents...

  • In reply to Viva:

    Johnson said that because Louis was a pulling/trapping machine.

    With Cookie and Louis gone, the two best players at sweeping are now gone. They both could move their feet. Garza runs like an old broken down warhorse, and the tackles are slow.

    It's also why Spencer gets the nod over Edwin Williams. Spencer can get out behind the tackle and hit his block before the defender gets past him and makes the tackle. Williams looks like a giant bowl of Cosby pudding in a Bears uniform.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm trackin..

  • Double Deuce says "I will play Sunday against the Seahawks" bet your arse he will...I think he's concerned about Bush running wild...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Who doesn't like Bush running wild? The real question is can he play effectively Sunday? Hope so!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    He's going to have to, if we plan on winning....

    RUN THE ROCK...I think what we will see from Double Deuce is the 2009 version...not 2010

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I mean the 2010 version not 2011 season before he got hurt

    I have not been to impressed with his running this year...he looked better before being paid last year.

    side note....I realize our O-line is SHEITE!!!!! and that has to come into play.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Answer: Everybody born post 70's. And me. little stripe of bush or no bush. Although, with bush running wild, cunnilingus means you don't have to floss that day. So there's that.

  • You make a good point. Although being a half full kinda guy, I was always extremely grateful to find myself face first at the gates of heaven.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Except with redheads. It's like the Alamo in there. Or being attacked by the Muppet's Animal creature.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Alepotrypa is also a good metaphor for you literary types

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Those four-bladed safety razors can work wonders, GP.

  • I coulda swore you told me that MB.

  • MB, did you hear the game will not be flexed? Booyah!

  • Just saw on da site that Jennings and Tillman are #'s 1 and 2 in Pro Bowl voting.

  • I hope ya'll are over at putting in your ballots. That, and certain precincts in Daley's machine are the places where you can vote as many times as you want!

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