Unfortunately, more changes were necessary.
Spencer injured his knee in the second quarter and was replaced by
"I didn't know what we were going to do," said quarterback
With their makeshift line, the Bears scored three touchdowns, allowed just one sack and converted 11-of-19 third-down opportunities in an impressive 28-10 win over the Vikings.
"Losing two starters is tough to overcome," said center
Williams and Carimi were the only two reserve offensive linemen in uniform for the Bears Sunday. Asked what they would have done had they sustained another injury, coach Lovie Smith said: "We have options. We had a plan for that. Luckily it didn't come to that."
"It was a tough situation," Garza said. "When no one else can get hurt, we were out there still battling. We were able to move the ball, and Jay had a great game."
Benched after a poor performance last Monday night in San Francisco, Carimi found himself not only right back in the lineup but at a brand new position.
"Everything happens faster [at guard]," Carimi said. "You have bigger guys. It's a whole different animal. It's hard to explain if you don't play it, but it's definitely a lot different.
"That's why you have a good attitude. You don't like to see that happen, and I didn't want to see it happen this way. But I was glad to get a shot."
The line contributed to a balanced attack. Cutler passed for 188 yards with one touchdown, one interception and an 86.5 rating.
"Those guys played well," Cutler said of the line. "We've just got to see this week who's up, who's down, who's going to be playing guard for us and who's going to be playing tackle.
"Jonathan Scott came in and added a little extra edge to that group. I thought he was fired up out there and played well. Gabe had to come in and play guard, and he stood up to the challenge."
With the uncertainly up front, Cutler isn't worried about the line developing continuity.
"I don't think it's possible now with all the moving parts we have," he said. "With Lance going down, we're not going to have that. We're going to have to roll with the punches and the guys we have, and see what we have. We are going to need to lean on our defense like we have before, run the ball well, be efficient through the air and see how far we can go with this."
Cutler admitted that he will alter his approach with all of the changes on the line.
"When you have a lot of new guys in there, you want to get rid of the ball fast, find my first read and take it," he said. "You want to limit sacks because sacks really kill those guys up front. We want to limit sacks and keep their confidence high."