Bears notebook: Guard Gabe Carimi was a solid replacement on Sunday
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org
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
A handful of reporters asked Gabe Carimi to rate his performance Sunday after he made his first career start at right guard.
The Bears’ 2011 first-round pick out of Wisconsin, who started 10 games at right tackle, didn’t have much to say. But he should feel some satisfaction when he watches the game film from the Bears’ loss against the Seattle Seahawks.
‘‘Obviously, there were probably a couple plays where I wish I would have done a little something different,’’ Carimi said. ‘‘But in general, I didn’t have any outstanding bad plays. So it’s always a good day for an offensive lineman.’’
Does he feel that he could stick at right guard?
‘‘That’s not my decision,’’ said Carimi, who allowed no pressures on Jay Cutler. ‘‘Right now, that’s what it is. It’s the position I’m given, and that’s the position I’m going to do the best at.’’
Overall, it was a solid performance by the Bears’ makeshift offensive line. Cutler was sacked just once. The Bears’ running backs combined for more than 100 rushing yards. And no penalties were called on the line.
‘‘Given the switch-around, and Gabe played guard and Ed [Williams] having to be in there, they played well,’’ running back Matt Forte said.
‘‘They played OK,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘They could still anchor a little better. But they are giving me time.’’
The linemen won’t get ahead of themselves and say they’re meshing well.
‘‘We just need to keep on trucking here,’’ Carimi said.
Safety Craig Steltz said he knew before kickoff that there was a good chance he’d play against the Seahawks with starting free safety Chris Conte fighting the flu. Conte started but was on for only seven plays.
‘‘Sometimes guys don’t feel well before the game and you get out there and start feeling a lot better,’’ coach Lovie Smith said. ‘‘He tried to go and just couldn’t. Simple as that.’’
◆ Linebacker Brian Urlacher, who missed the last play of the game with a sore hamstring, said he expects to be fined for his horse-collar tackle on Leon Washington in the second quarter.
◆ Cutler confirmed on his radio show Monday that he would be appealing his $10,000 fine for taunting Minnesota Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson.