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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Cutler finds confidence in offensive line

By ESPNChicago.com

Chicago bears Offensive Line
Compared to the 9 sacks vs. the Giants last season, the Bears' OL did well Monday night.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Wednesday that his offensive line's performance Monday against the New York Giants was a huge confidence boost.

"I think we're definitely getting there," Cutler said. "The Giants game was a huge confidence boost not only for our offensive line, but for me in their ability to protect me and to do some of the stuff we want to do like seven-step drops and get rid of the ball quick.

"The more I work with them and they work with me, the more comfortable we're going to get."

Cutler singled out J'Marcus Webb and Lance Louis as two who stepped up during the 41-13 loss.

"I think J'Marcus was night and day different," Cutler said. "He went against a talented pass rusher [<Jason Pierre-Paul] over there and he did a heck of a job all night.

"Lance got dinged up a little on his shin but fought through it. Whether he would have done that last year we don't know. He fought through it and played well."

After getting sacked 52 times last season and losing center Olin Kreutz to the New Orleans Saints, Cutler needs a talented and confident offensive line. He seems to be doing his best at providing the confidence.

"All five of those guys want to play well," Cutler said. "I think that's a good thing. Their effort is outstanding. They want to do it right. They're doing everything [offensive line coach Mike] Tice asks them to do. As long as they keep doing that, we'll be fine."