Offensive coordinator Mike Tice said that they will consider changes on the offensive line and so far the Chicago Bears have made two moves on a struggling OL that could potentially cause them to collapse in these final six games. Yesterday the Bears demoted Chilo Rachal and promoted Chris Spencer to the starting left guard position. Today news broke that the Bears have benched Gabe Carimi.
Jonathan Scott got all of the reps at right tackle in practice today, which is an indicator that he will be starting at the position Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. One has to wonder what Carimi’s future with the Bears? When Carimi came into the league, he was billed as a “plug-and-play” player who can immediately make an impact. For a game and a half, he was playing at a high level but a knee injury would knock him out for the rest of the season.
Carimi underwent two procedures to stabilize his knee, and this year you saw a player that never seemed comfortable playing on the repaired knee.
With this benching, Carimi future with the Bears is in question. He’s not a Phil Emery guy, and Emery has proven so far in his stint with the Bears that he put a big emphasis on fixing a weak position (see the cornerback and wide receiver position). It’s very likely that he could get rid of a guy like Carimi after only one full season with the team.
The Bears could always try Carimi out at OG, but you really don’t see too many 6-7 guards in the league. The Bears need a complete overhaul on the offensive line in the offseason and Carimi might be one of the causalities come season’s end.