Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bears prepare for worst vs. Ware and Co.
By Jeff Dickerson
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys' defense thrives on pressure created by a front seven led by outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer and nose tackle Jay Ratliff.
That's why the Bears had little or no reaction when informed Ware told reporters in Dallas "we're going to be coming" [after quarterback Jay Cutler].
"You always want to prepare for the worst, so that's what we are doing," Bears right tackle Frank Omiyale said. "Whatever they do we'll be able to talk about it on the sideline and get it straight.
"It's a game. When the lights go on, they'll have a job to do, and we'll have a job to do."
The Cowboys' 3-4 front presents new challenges for a Bears offensive line that received mixed reviews following the team's Week 1 victory over the Detroit Lions.
"They use their hands a lot better [than Detroit] because of the 3-4 defense," Omiyale said. "We just have to work at staying on our blocks and finishing while the ball carrier is going through the hole."
Ware and Ratliff were 2009 Pro Bowl selections, but Dallas did little to rattle Washington quarterback Donovan McNabb on Sunday. McNabb was only sacked once (by Ware) and hurried five times in the Redskins' 13-7 win. However, the Cowboys' track record of pressure -- especially by Ware -- speaks for itself. The outside linebacker recorded 20 sacks in 2008 and 11 sacks in 2009, while Ratliff posted an impressive 13.5 sacks over the past two years from his nose tackle spot.