Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – After allowing six sacks in a 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Chicago Bears have revamped their offensive line, removing second-year Gabe Carimi from the starting cast when they take on the Minnesota Vikings.
According to sources, the Bears have already informed Gabe Carimi that he will be benched in favor of six-year veteran Jonathan Scott.
Earlier, the team also demoted left guard Chilo Rachal in favor of veteran Chris Spencer. After the demotion, Rachal left the team for “personal reasons” and was placed on the reserve/left squad list with the club.
While Bears coach Lovie Smith declined to discuss the move, Carimi was vocal about it, saying the demotion was “obviously upsetting”.
“They just told me that the new guy’s coming in, (and) just keep on working hard like I always do,” said Carimi.
In 10 games this season, Carimi, a first-round pick in 2011, has surrendered seven sacks, nine quarterback hits and 28 pressures.
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice said Carimi played “winning football” in his first two games as a rookie before suffering subluxation in his right kneecap during a loss at New Orleans.
“I’ve got a positive attitude about it,” Carimi said. “I’ll come back from this. I’m just inconsistent right now. So be it the knee or be it aggression, who knows what it is sometimes? I know I’ll come back from this. I’ll be good.”
Scott, who has stated 28 games for the Detroit Lions (2006-07), Buffalo Bills (2009) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-11), said he was not yet formally informed about the move.
“The one thing I’ve learned in this league: You always have to prepare,” Scott said. “I’m definitely going to put myself in a position to be ready to start.”
“Jonathan has played good football in his career,” Tice said. “He’s done a solid job for us.”