Offensive line shuffle works for Bears

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Offensive line shuffle works for Bears

The question was posed to Jonathan Scott after his great day at right tackle, which was also the Bears offensive lines not-so-great day with health.
Can you play guard?
Can I play guard? Shoot, I can play receiver. Put me anywhere, it doesnt matter, Scott said with a smile. If Im needed, Ill play it.
Good thing, because all kidding aside the Bears may need to test guys versatility on the offensive line.
The Bears lost left guard Chris Spencer and right guard Lance Louis to knee injuries during Sundays 28-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, prompting coach Lovie Smith to put some linemen in different positions than they were used to playing.
On Sunday, it worked. When Louis was felled, Gabe Carimi went from being demoted at right tackle to playing right guard for the first time. Backup center Edwin Williams went in at left guard after Spencer was hurt. And Scott, who was promoted to starting right tackle this week, was stellar in containing Vikings defensive end Brian Robison.
Carimi said playing guard was a whole different animal.
Everything happens faster. You have bigger guys. Its hard to explain if you dont play it, but its definitely a lot different, he said. I think I did all right. Ill have to watch some film, but I feel pretty good about jumping in there.
Cutler was impressed with Carimis adjustment.
I went and told (Carimi), Hey, just go in there, do what you can, keep your head up and use your hands, Cutler recalled. Hes a good player and he wants to do well. Any guy who has a lot of desire like him is going to go in there and give it his best effort.
The whole line did. With all the changes, the Bears allowed just one sack to a Minnesota defense that had recorded 26 this season. And Sundays sack was wasnt a true one; Cutlers feet got tangled with center Roberto Garzas.
Gabe Carimi hasnt played a lot of guard, and coming into the game he wasnt thinking about playing guard but just being able to fill in there. Same with Edwin Williams, coach Lovie Smith said. Its always about the next guy stepping up.
And if Spencer and Louis are gone for any length of time, the Bears will have to find guys to step up in those voids again. As for Cutler, he said hell change his approach as necessary.
When you have a line of new guys in there, I want to get rid of the ball fast, find my first read and take it, he said. We also want to limit sacks. The more I can do to get rid of the ball quickly and run the ball. If we have to design routes to shorten things up, so be it. We want to limit sacks and keep their confidence high.
If Sunday showed anything, its that improvising can yield some solid results. And if youre an offensive lineman, be prepared to move around on it.
There wasnt any talk about (moving to guard) today, Scott said. But I know if I need to do it, Ill do it.

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