Chicago Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice hinted that changes could be on the way following a putrid performance Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Tice followed through with the switch and has benched 2011 first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi in favor of Jonathan Scott at right tackle. According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Scott was working with the first-team offensive line during the portion of practice opened to the media on Thursday.
“This isn’t the first time in my career people doubt me and it won’t be the last,” Carimi said via Jensen. “I just got to keep working hard. My opportunity will come.
“I’m all good.”
Carimi was anything but good in a 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. Carimi was routinely overwhelmed by the 49ers pass rush and Aldon Smith made a habit of running around, over and through Carimi on his way to 5.5 sacks and even more hits of Bears quarterback Jason Campbell.
Tice said that in the end, the Bears need better results.
“Gabe works hard and is a very good professional for a young player,” Tice said. “But at the end of the day, we all have to have better results, starting with me, because I’m the coordinator. I have to have better results. The players have to have better results. It’s a business. That’s the way it is. That’s what it’s about.”
Scott has started 30 games in his seven-year career split between time with Detroit, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Chicago.