Gabe Carimi preparing to help Bears

7/14/2011 - NFL Chicago Bears

As Gabe Carimi was watching highlights of sacks from the 2010 NFL season, he noticed one team appearing more than others. And for the wrong reasons.

"When I was watching the sack reel from last year, the Bears showed up more than any other team," Carimi said Thursday on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000.

That's because the Bears yielded a league-worst 56 sacks, and that's one of the reasons the Bears chose the 6-7, 314-pound Carimi with their first pick -- 29th overall -- out of Wisconsin.

It's not certain whether Carimi will line up at right tackle or on the more prestigious left side.

"It's just going to come down to technique," Carimi said. "Every day I'm practicing my technique to make sure I'm fluid. I'm doing it on both sides, just in case wherever the situation may be, to be a great lineman on either side.

"I know they drafted me to have an impact this year, so wherever they see fit for me to be is where they see fit."

Carimi said he's been welcomed warmly by Bears fans who grew anxious watching quarterback Jay Cutler battered so often last season. Cutler was sacked a record nine times in the first half by the New York Giants, and the concussion he suffered knocked him out of the following week's game in Carolina.

"It's been real positive experiences," Carimi said about interaction with fans. "Seems like everyone is excited for me to be there. I'm excited to be there.

"I think it's a really good opportunity for me to help a situation that needs fixing on the field. I think there are a lot of parts to it. It's not a one-person-fix-all, but I can have a positive influence towards it."