Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Bears QB Jay Cutler and head coach Lovie Smith gave scuffling offensive lineman Gabe Carimi a vote of confidence on Monday.
On Monday's edition of "The Jay Cutler Show," the Bears' quarterback gave Carimi a vote of confidence (via ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright):
"The thing I like about Gabe is it's really important to him. It matters to him. He's one of those guys where you don't have to say much to him. When he gets beat or whenever he loses, he's the first one out there to say, 'Hey, I'll get him next time.' Gabe is going to be fine."
Bears head coach echoed Cutler's sentiments for Carimi, who allowed a sack and was flagged for three penalties in Chicago's 41-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
"Sometimes the offensive tackle stands out a little more. Gabe is a good football player. Yes, there were a couple of plays he would like to have back. But he's our guy, and his play will just only get better and better. Keep in mind for Gabe he hasn't played a lot of football for us. It's early in the year, and he'll be fine."
On the season, Carimi has only allowed two sacks. However, Cutler has been hit three additional times, as well as pressured 13 times, as a result of Carimi's inability to hold his blocks.
Carimi, who is in his second year out of Wisconsin, played in just two games as a rookie in 2011 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Earlier in the season, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice predicted that Carimi could face some struggles while getting himself back to 100 percent, according to Wright.