When the Chicago Bears lost Gabe Carimi last season, it put their Offensive Line in flux to where they had to shift around players. We not even into the first week of the season, and yet there are already concerns on if Carimi knee can hold up throughout the season.
“He’s going to take a while to be up to full speed,” Tice said. “The endurance in his leg is going to come with game time.”
“We’re going to certainly be very careful if it appears that he’s getting tried,” Tice said of Carimi.”We have other guys — Chris (Williams) — who can spell him. But I’m anxious to see Carimi play.”
When Carimi suffered a subluxation of the right kneecap in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints, the Bears had to resort to putting an incompetent player in Frank Omiyale in his place. When Omiyale performance became too unbearable to withstand, the team desperately put interior lineman Lance Louis there who also prove to be ineffective at the position.
Mike Tice thinks he has a good swing tackle in Chris Williams, but you really don’t want to see your third OT spelling a first round pick from last year. The Bears are counting on Carimi to stabilize the RT position but if he can’t do that then the line once again will be flux. Although there’s concerns with Carimi knee heading into the season, Tice had high praise for Carimi preseason performance.
“He came on real well at the end of preseason, really was run-blocking well. His pass protection has gotten better, so I’m excited to see how he matures. He’s a big part of what we’re trying to do.”
Until the games are played, Bears fans have a good right to be concern with Carimi. He has all the tools to be a Pro Bowl caliber lineman; his durability is the only thing that can prevent that from happening.