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Carimi a force early at RT

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Carimi a force early at RT

The offensive line will be under scrutiny well into this season but for now one of the question marks is providing a very strong answer for himself.

Right tackle Gabe Carimi, coming off a season-ending knee injury six quarters into his rookie season, has been generally dominant in both run and pass blocking. In one three-snap stretch he stood up Israel Idonije and Corey Wootton successfully, although Idonije had one of the days best rush efforts in a two-man stunt with tackle Henry Melton against Carimi and right guard Lance Louis.

The play of Carimi is nothing sort of pivotal for the entire offense. His ability to handle the right side effectively allows flexibility to give help at left tackle if the winner between JMarcus Webb and Chris Williams struggles.

And the key to Carimi is his knee, which has responded well to two days in pads, the day off and Tuesdays third full-pad session.

It feels better once its warmed up, Carimi said. Its a constant research and I have a constant conversation with the coaches and trainers and its feeling really good.

I dont think about it at all when were playing. Sometimes when were doing walk-throughs after practice and we have to go slow, Im thinking, ugh, I dont want to be down here. But once were in game mode, its been excellent.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”