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08:00 AM ET 11.23 | Thursday did not wind up a happy Thanksgiving for Gabe Carimi. The anticipated -- annual? -- shakeup of the Bears' offensive line proceeded Thursday with Jonathan Scott replacing [Carimi] at right tackle and Chris Spencer returning to left guard in place of Chilo Rachal, who had been his replacement after the Green Bay game. "It felt pretty good, getting the calls down and communicating, things of that nature," Scott said. ... For Carimi it was a tough epilogue to a disastrous outing against the San Francisco 49ers and rush linebacker Aldon Smith, who abused Carimi, J'Marcus Webb and others for 5.5 sacks, a record for any Bears opponent. "It seemed like it just kept rolling worse and worse," Carimi said.

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November 23, 2012  08:17 AM ET

He shouldn't have been a 1st Rounder!!!!

November 23, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Can you imagine Forte's stats if he had a competent offensive line?

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November 23, 2012  09:53 AM ET

Another one of Jerry Angelo's 1st round draft busts......and Emery's first rounder is looking average as well......same old Bears.

November 23, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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Can you imagine Forte's stats if he had a competent offensive line?

That was always the sentiment regarding Barry Sanders as well.....

November 23, 2012  10:09 AM ET

If I had a pouty, whiny, QB I'd hire an ole' O-line too.

November 23, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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That was always the sentiment regarding Barry Sanders as well.....

Actually the Lions had a decent o-line in Sander's day. What they never had was a decent QB.

November 23, 2012  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He shouldn't have been a 1st Rounder!!!!

The Bears thought he was.

November 23, 2012  02:56 PM ET

It's still taking the Bears coaching staff half a season to figure out what fans already knew within the first few games. That line has been crap for a couple of season now.

November 23, 2012  04:00 PM ET
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It's still taking the Bears coaching staff half a season to figure out what fans already knew within the first few games. That line has been crap for a couple of season now.

The question is...............why hasn't Bears management done anything about it?

November 23, 2012  04:04 PM ET
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November 23, 2012  04:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That was always the sentiment regarding Barry Sanders as well.....

If Barry had an O-Line during his 10 yr. career. his yardage total would have been about 2,500 higher

November 23, 2012  07:29 PM ET
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The question is...............why hasn't Bears management done anything about it?

I think that question has been pondered a lot by Bears fans everywhere.

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November 24, 2012  02:16 AM ET

The problem with Carimi, as with most of the other offensive line is that they have moved them around from where they have traditionally played. Only some linemen are interchangable. Frankly, the Bears have used their usually astute and talented guidance at Draft and Develop and come up with ..... Nothing. Not Carimi's fault. On another team, he'd be all pro. Frankly, I hope they cut him and allow my team to pick him up.

Carimi follows other top Wisconsin players like Joe Thomas who know how to block. But when I saw him out there on an island by himself, with no other blockers or help around him, I just plain felt sorry for the guy. I have NEVER seen poorer schemes for blocking then I did on Monday night.

November 24, 2012  09:51 AM ET

They may have a bad offensive line coach that adds to the problem. You can get a pouty QB when the offensive line is not helping him.
Mistakes are made on draft day but some teams seem to have a knack for bad choices. KC and Oakland come to mind.

November 24, 2012  10:18 AM ET

Lot of 20/20 hindsight here... nearly everyone thought he was a great choice a year ago, most rated it an A.

November 24, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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The question is...............why hasn't Bears management done anything about it?

They did, they drafted the guy who was rated by nearly everyone as a can't miss, and rated an A by the draft evaluators... Bears HAVE been trying to address this, Webb and Carimi and others, they just haven't panned out... but every one of the guys they drafted were highly rated, none of them were judged to be a reach at the time.

 
November 24, 2012  11:44 AM ET

any NFL lineman should be able to run block, those are dime a dozen. it's the pass protection issues that make a true first round talent. that being said, if forte needs to be effective then they need to start calling more sweeps and power O's to get him in the open field. tice keeps talking of the "rhythm" of the offense but when he's calling 4 wide shotgun plays when it's 3 & 2 it's hard to take him seriously.

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