Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Cutler, Marshall ready for physical game
By Michael C. Wright
There aren't too many defensive backs as big as the 6-4, 230-pound Brandon Marshall.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jay Cutler invited the Green Bay Packers' aggressive defensive backs to mix it up with Chicago Bears receivers on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
Cutler wished Green Bay's secondary "good luck" at utilizing physical tactics against Chicago's receivers, while Brandon Marshall deadpanned, "I do welcome that."
"We've got some dudes that -- if you're gonna get up in their face -- even our speed guys are gonna get around them, and our big guys are gonna throw and go," Cutler said. "So we invite press coverage. We invite man (coverage). If we get that type of game, our guys outside have to make some plays for us."
In the past, with Packers cornerbacks jamming Chicago's receivers at the line of scrimmage, the Bears often failed to make the plays Cutler referenced. In two losses to the Packers in 2011, running back Matt Forte finished as the team's leading receiver in one (7 catches, 80 yards) while recently retired receiver Roy Williams (6 catches, 81 yards) led the team in the other.