A Tough Guy Protecting Another Tough Guy
“I’m a physical, tough player who finishes plays.” – Gabe Carimi
- Offensive Line Status Upgraded: With the first-round selection of Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, it’s clear that the Bears felt the protection, not weaponry, surrounding Jay Cutler was the main problem concerning the offense. Especially, when you take into consideration the fact of the matter that Mike Martz’s offense is based around seven-step drops and receivers running lengthy routes to find the opening – you could argue the team’s fifth to last ranked pass offense was more fluke than reality in ’10. You can also make a valid case that the 21st scoring offense will be near the top rather than the bottom in ’11. First-year system, rag-tag offensive line playing out of position, and inexperienced receivers will make you look out of sync. So, could it be that the receivers are good enough in this offense? Only, if the offensive line gives #6 and those same receivers enough time to go to work and make plays. Mike Tice will have his gang fighting and the line can only get better, right?
- Interior Defensive Line Looks Promising: I don’t know if Anthony Adams is coming back as a Bear. Frankly, I don’t think it matters as much as some people think. I say this because Henry Melton can be what the Bears need him to be, and then some. He really improved as his sophomore season progressed – don’t underestimate the power of Rod Marinelli. Add Paea to the mix, and you have your starting defensive tackles set.
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