Carimi OK with pressure of high expectations
By Vaughn McClure, Tribune reporter
9:26 a.m. CDT, October 17, 2012
Chicago Bears right tackle Gabe Carimi knows heís about to encounter increased scrutiny, and he doesnít seem too concerned about it.
Carimi realizes heís the last first-round draft pick remaining from the Jerry Angelo Era after the Bears released Chris Williams. Three of those first-rounders -- Cedric Benson (Packers), Greg Olsen (Panthers), and Rex Grossman (Redskins) -- now play for other teams.
"There is added pressure on a first-round pick," Carimi said. "I just donít pay much attention to it. If I keep on working hard and playing with the same intensity that Iíve always played with, people will see enough good in me. And then Iíll just keep on playing well."
Carimi and Williams joined the Bears under similar circumstances. Williams, the 14th overall pick in 2008, had a back issue coming out of Vanderbilt and had to undergo back surgery prior to his rookie year. His missed the first seven games.
Carimi, the 29th-overall pick in '11, had right knee problems at Wisconsin then suffered a subluxation of the same knee in Week 2 of last season. He missed the rest of his rookie campaign following the injury.
Carimi has not missed a game this season.
"Do I feel pressure? No. I think Iíll do my thing," Carimi said. "I feel like Iím picking up speed as the season has gone along. And I think, barring any injuries, that Iím just going to keep on improving."
Some thought Carimi took a step back the last time out during the Bearsí 41-3 win over the Jaguars. He was whistled for three penalties -- including consecutive false starts -- and surrendered a sack.
"Thatís the life of an o-linemen," Carimi said of the criticism. "There are other positions where you could get two sacks, you could have been blown up the whole game but if you get two sacks, youíre a hero. I can't do anything like that, really, to make up for what I did.
"Next week, Iíll just do the same thing Iíve done, without those four bad plays. And Iíll ball. Iíll play well."
Carimi said his repaired knee is no longer an issue.
"It feels great," he said. "I donít think about it when Iím playing."
That ability to focus on the task at hand figures to help Carimi handle the scrutiny coming his way.
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Carimi isn't the type to worry or for anyone to be worried about. He's football smart and he's a warrior so no matter what may happen in a single game he's gonna let the past be the past, adjust for it and play better the next game.
For all intents he's still a rookie OT whose only played 6 NFL games in his career and we've seen Webb make more mistakes in just one game than Carimi has made in all 6 of his. Because he's a 1st round pick and Webb a 7th there may be a tendency to be more demanding as far as Carimi is concerned but a rookie is still a rookie no matter where he was picked. They still have to learn the NFL game and that only comes from game experience.
If he's still having games like the one in Jax in his third year then maybe we have a right to be more critical but for now he gets a pass from me. If Webb is finally on the road to turning his game around then it looks like we may well have our OT problems solved for a very long time to come. These two could easily become our bookends for the next 10 years.
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap. Honey Badger Don't Care. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.
But IF the OL pans out, what will I have to bitch about. Guess I should make a list of coach grips. LOL
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