Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Not the record Cutler, Martz wanted
By Michael C. Wright
Jay Cutler said Wednesday that he doesn't think Mike Martz's system leads to more sacks.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears envisioned record-breaking numbers when they paired quarterback Jay Cutler with offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
Not this type, though.
A victim of 23 sacks in just 4 1/2 games of action thus far, Cutler appears on pace to top the career-high 35 sacks he absorbed last year, and might push for the NFL's all-time record in that category held by former Texans quarterback David Carr, who was sacked 76 times in 2002.
"Everyone's got to do something. Everybody takes part in that," Cutler said of his sacks. "You know, it starts up front. Then, it's my job to get rid of the ball on time. It's the receivers' jobs to get open and convert their routes when they're supposed to convert them. Everyone takes a part in the passing game and our ability to execute it."
Over Cutler's last two outings, teams sacked him an average of 2.5 times per quarter. If the club keeps up the current pace, Cutler will surpass Carr's mark by a long shot.
Interestingly, teams scored most of the sacks bringing four rushers or fewer. Cutler has taken 14 sacks against four-man rushes, with the other nine sacks coming from corner or safety blitzes, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Shotgun hasn't been effective for the quarterback, either. Cutler has taken five of his sacks when the Bears executed out of the shotgun.
"As an offensive line, we always take pride in trying to protect Jay or whoever is back there," said guard Edwin Williams. "We're going to keep trying to correct it and keep trying to get better."