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Monday, June 20, 2011
BBAO: Lockout could decide Bears O-line

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

We've spent a good portion of the offseason discussing the Chicago Bears' personnel options along the offensive line, most recently suggesting that rookie Gabe Carimi as the best option at left tackle. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune makes an important point along those lines: The NFL's lost offseason, and what could be a shortened training camp, could ultimately make the decision simpler for the Bears.

Carimi played left tackle at Wisconsin. Another candidate for the position, J'Marcus Webb, played right tackle last season. It would be easier for both players to make the transition after a full offseason of work. With less training time, it might make more sense to keep major changes to a minimum.
Biggs: "A case could be made for leaving Carimi at left tackle because there have been no offseason workouts and minicamps. He played there four years at Wisconsin. Let him go with what he's most accustomed to doing and see if he can excel. Meanwhile, Webb could remain where he made 12 starts last season. 'You're going to feel more confident in the stance that you have been playing your career at,' Carimi said last week from Madison, Wis., where he is wrapping up an eight-week training program he began after the draft. 'It doesn't matter to me as long as I can make an impact on the team that it needs.'"

Makes perfect sense to me.

Continuing around the NFC North as we begin another quiet week in June: