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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
BBAO: Carimi to RT, Webb to LT

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Chicago Bears flipped their offensive tackles during Monday night's training camp practice, putting J'Marcus Webb on the left side and rookie Gabe Carimi on the right. From the sounds of it, that's how they hope to enter the regular season.

Offensive line coach Mike Tice said he "doesn't want to play games" with the lineup, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Tice said Webb is better suited for the position athletically, and it's now clear the Bears won't be signing another veteran free agent to compete for a starting job.

I'm all for maintaining continuity along the offensive line to allow players to develop in their assigned roles, but let's just say there is some doubt around the NFL about whether Webb can play left tackle. In May, I suggested that Carimi might be the best short-term option on the left side because of his college experience, even if he projected long-term as a right tackle. In the end, the Bears are taking a leap of faith that Webb can develop at a more difficult position after having an up-and-down season on the right side last year.

True left tackles are a rare commodity. If you're choosing from two on the third day of training camp, maybe you have none.

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