RT Gabe Carimi bemoans four bad plays in game against Jaguars
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org October 9, 2012 7:34PM
Chicago Bears tackle Gabe Carimi (72) is on the field in the first half of the exhibition season opener against the Denver Broncos Thursday August 9, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice won’t be all overly bothered if right tackle Gabe Carimi is called for holding every now and then or allows the occasional sack. As he said Tuesday, the offensive line is in a “fistfight” every game.
And, “you don’t win every fistfight,” Tice said.
But what he won’t stand for is mental mistakes and Carimi had a couple Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Carimi was called for holding and allowed a sack, but it was back-to-back false starts he had when the Bears’ were on the Jaguars’ three-yard line that really irks Tice.
“The offsides penalties I can’t handle,” Tice said. “Once in a while you’re going to get a holding call and you’re going to give up a sack. But the offsides he’s got to eliminate.”
Carimi, a former first-round pick out of run-heavy Wisconsin, said plenty of things go into such penalties, but he’s figured out what he did wrong on the consecutive false starts.
“All things play into it,” Carimi said. “But you’ve got to sit in there and make sure you don’t rock back at all. That’s what it was. It wasn’t like I was jumping offsides. I was rocking back a little bit before the snap and that’s what they called me on. Now I know that, I need to correct it and it won’t happen again.”
Tice also thought Carimi played a solid game other than those aforementioned plays. The Bears ran for 214 yards as a team in Jacksonville. According to Pro Football Focus, Carimi has allowed a team-high 18 quarterback hurries this season, but he’s also the Bears’ top-rated run blocker.
“The glaring plays, the real critical ones that he had, are going to stand out,” Tice said. “But then you have to look at his overall body of work. He was extremely physical and did a lot of great things in that football game.
“He had the [holding] penalty, two offsides and the sack. You can’t have those things but he’s a smart player. He works his trade every day. It’s not always going to look pretty what he does, and that’s why we have him on the right side. He’s going to give us everything he has every play and that’s when some of those things are going to happen.”
It also sounds as if Carimi, who started two games during his rookie season last year before missing the rest with a dislocated kneecap, is motivated after his outing in Jacksonville.
“I played pretty well except for four plays,” Carimi said. “Coach had to knock my grade down a little bit, but I played pretty well besides that.
“I’m playing pretty good ball out there. Obviously, I always want to play better. … As far my confidence and everything, I feel great.”