The Bears offensive line is under siege and the real games are still more than 3 months away. That’s because there doesn’t seem to be any outside help on the way, so the group from last year will be counted on to make a big improvement to protect Jay Cutler. Gabe Carimi’s Tuesday tweet was just what the doctor ordered for the beleaguered group:
First day Back at practice went great. Just need to keep up the hard work to get back where I want to be.
— Gabe Carimi (@GabeCarimi) May 29, 2012
I’ll speak for most Bears fans when I say I wish the date stamp on that tweet was about 8 months ago, at the end of last September instead of at the end of May as OTA’s are winding down. The Bears held their line together without their first round draft pick for all but 6 quarters in 2011. Adding back who then-offensive line coach Mike Tice regarded as “their best offensive lineman” should provide a big boost for the Bears offensive line.
With Carimi anchoring the right side, you can let J’Marcus Webb and former first rounder Chris Williams duke it out on the opposite side. The interior seems to be stacked with strong players in Roberto Garza, Lance Louis and Chris Spencer. And don’t forget about Chilo Rachal, Edwin Williams and company vying for the backup guard positions.