Bears quarterback Jay Cutler praised teammate Gabe Carimi Wednesday for how the second-year pro from Wisconsin dealt with losing his starting right tackle job last week.
Rather than sulking, Carimi was ready to play when called upon last Sunday against the Vikings. After guards Chris Spencer and Lance Louis both exited with knee injuries, Carimi played the position for the first time in his career, lining up at right guard in a 28-10 win.
“It can’t be easy, especially for a young guy like that,” Cutler said. “To get [demoted] like that, it was tough on him. I talked to him. Coach [Mike] Tice talked to him. I’m sure [general manager] Phil [Emery] and some other guys talked to him. We felt like he just needed a little break.
“The NFL’s weird like that. You never know when it’s going to happen. Guys go down and now he’s back at guard. It wasn’t too long before he got back in there.
“He stepped in there and did a nice job for us, Maybe this is his position, I don’t know.”
Tice was also impressed with how Carimi responded.
“He came to me and acted with great maturity,” Tice said. “Originally he was disappointed and upset. But he bounced back and he understands this is a business and when performance is not up to expectation or performance is not up to a winning level, then changes have to be made.
“But I was glad that he kept in a good mind frame and went in there and did a nice job. He looked good pulling around there.”
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