Chicago Bears: sack

Marshall rips Suh; no NFL fine for hit

October, 23, 2012
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and coach Lovie Smith didn't have a problem with Ndamukong Suh's violent sack on Monday night, but Brandon Marshall was not as nonchalant.

"A Suh. What u did to Jay wasn't cool. Great players don't have to do that," Marshall tweeted after the Bears' 13-7 win over the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. "A Suh. Something I've learned and now passing down to you. Succeed with character."

The NFL has determined upon review that Suh's violent sack of Cutler was a perfectly legal play, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder. The game officials were correct in their decision not to penalize the Lions, and Suh does not face a potential fine.

Marshall called into ESPN's First Take on Tuesday and did not back down from his comments.

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Cutler: NYG pass rush a tough test

August, 20, 2012
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Monday that facing the New York Giants' pass rush on Friday will test the mettle of an offensive line that is considered one of the team's biggest question marks entering the season.

"I don't think anyone else in the league has five, six guys that can rotate in that front four that can play like those guys," Cutler said. "So it's going to be a tough test for them.

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Not the record Cutler, Martz wanted

October, 20, 2010
Jay CutlerAP Photo/John SmierciakJay 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."