Aggressive Gabe Carimi to dial it down a bit
By Sean Jensen email@example.com
Chicago Bears tackle Gabe Carimi (72) watches from the bench in the closing minutes of the Bears' 23-6 win over the St. Louis Rams in an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice often tells his players to strive to be “The Guy,” not the guy.
“We want a little bit more of, ‘Man, he’s The Guy, what a great block,’ and a little less of, ‘Eh, he’s the guy,’ ” Tice said.
Right tackle Gabe Carimi recalled the saying in a different way.
“He says that a lot,’’ Carimi said. ‘‘You want to be ‘The One, not the one,’ ” Carimi said. “Just different emphasis.”
On top of misquoting Tice, Carimi also is tending to be lumped into the latter group.
His seven accepted penalties are tied for fourth-most in the NFL among offensive players, and he’s also in the top 15 for hurries (four), knockdowns (seven) and sacks (31/2) allowed, according to STATS.
But Carimi said Wednesday that he’s feeling comfortable and just has to “calm down a couple of things.”
“A couple of penalties here and there,’’ Carimi said. ‘‘It’s just my style of play, though. I’m a very aggressive player.”
Informed that Tice said he’s sometimes overly aggressive, Carimi said, “Yeah, I’m overaggressive, but I do a lot of good things when I’m overaggressive, too.
“Sometimes I need to just bring it back a little bit.”
By and large, though, Tice has been pleased with the physical approach of his offensive line. In the last two games, the Bears have averaged 192.5 rushing yards and the pass protection has been better than earlier in the season.
“I feel like the last two weeks is the most physical that the offense has been,” Tice said. “I didn’t say it was the best, but the most physical.”
Tice said he likes that Carimi is aggressive, but he wants him to tone it down and play smarter.
“He wants to kill guys,” Tice said. “There were a number of plays in the game when I stopped the tape: If a guy moved out of the way, he would’ve fallen on his face.
“He gets himself so overextended over his feet because he’s trying to knock guys out.”
Tice likened Carimi’s positioning to the Scarecrow in ‘‘The Wizard of Oz.’’
“His head is over here; his feet are over here,” Tice said. “He gets himself out of whack because he’s being a little overly aggressive. So we’re going to settle him down.”
The Bears’ offensive linemen were flagged for five of the team’s nine penalties, including an unnecessary roughness on guard Chilo Rachal early in the fourth quarter.
“I was just finishing to the whistle, probably just a little bit more,” Rachal said. “I want to keep guys off my running backs.”