Chicago Bears: Washington Redskins
Bears head coach Marc Trestman said on Friday that Lacy gives the Green Bay offense a physical presence in the backfield that he hasn’t seen from the club in quite some time.
Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton added: “You look at the offensive line and the really look like they’ve been working on their run blocking. In the past, maybe they weren’t as confident running the football, but they look confident now. Lacy knows how to hit the holes. They list Lacy at 230 pounds but it looks like he could weigh a little more. He’s powerful and he’s quick. We really need to rally to the football on Monday night with a runner like that.”
However, Wootton was quick to point out Lacy can also make defenders miss in the open field.
“He’s not one of those guys that is going to break away for a 90-yard run, but he’s a guy that can break a few big runs,” Wootton said. “He can also cut back and run you over. And he’ll do it when you least expect it. That’s what we’ve seen from watching film is his ability to be versatile.”
Green Bay’s No. 2 tailback, James Starks, has carried the ball 41 times for 244 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bears will arrive at Lambeau Field ranked No. 24 in rushing defense (117.3) after getting chewed up by the Washington Redskins before the bye week to the tune of 209 yards on 43 attempts. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has preached all week for his players to “do your job” filling their gaps against the run.
That job gets harder without weakside linebacker Lance Briggs, who is expected to miss the next several weeks due to a small fracture in his left shoulder. While inured quarterback Jay Cutler traditionally struggles versus the Packers, Briggs is usually effective in the rivalry games, compiling 173 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and one forced fumble in 18 career starts against Green Bay.
“I’ll tell you what -- they’re doing a great job running the football,” Tucker said. “They’re above the league average in yards per carry. It’s really about everyone doing their job in run fits. Playing with great power (I think) and great technique up front. And rallying to the ball and not leaving it up to one guy. Everybody has to get to the ball. Eleven to the ball. Get as many guys there as possible. That’s really the key.”
“I’m praying for that guy," Marshall said. "He actually reached out to me last week and I told him that I was more concerned about him and his health, because I think a few weeks before our game I saw him lying on the field just out cold. It was a scary situation. I never want to see him or any player lay out like that. As far as what he said today; you can only pray for someone with those feelings. So that’s all I have to say about that.”
In response, Meriweather told reporters: "He feels like I need to be kicked out of the league, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too.”
Marshall revealed that he had a phone conversation with Meriweather just last week, but the two players failed to connect, even though they both played high school football in the Orlando, Fla., area around the same time.
“From my end, I think it was more about, 'Hey man ... life after football ... your safety ... other guy’s safety ... that was kind of scary seeing you laid out against Green Bay ... I played in the same area you played in during high school in Orlando ... we always knew of each other,” Marshall said. For him, it was more about the money, being suspended and missing a game. We were on two different pages.
“I’m just praying for that guy. I just want to see the health of the league get better and for guys to stay healthy. For guys like that, I’m just going to pray for them.”
The Bears Pro Bowl wideout also reacted to Meriweather’s declaration that he will begin to aim low when making a tackle which will likely result in the safety causing an opponent to tear an ACL or suffer another serious knee injury.
“I just feel bad for the guys remaining on their schedule,” Marshall said. “It is tough (the rules) on defensive backs, especially, there are even some things that I don’t understand. When it’s a moving target it’s tough to aim for the shoulder or the body, so it is tough, but you don’t want to start seeing guys get hit in the knees. I don’t know what to say about it. It’s a tough situation. I don’t want to go any further.”
Shanahan isn’t expecting a repeat performance.
“No, Jay is one that can wipe things out just like that,” Shanahan said. “He doesn’t have a long memory. He’s very competitive. He’s going to give it everything he’s got. But after something’s over, he can concentrate quickly on the next game. I know there were a couple of words here and there said. That’s football, competitors after a game.”
In the aftermath of the loss, the Bears went on to win five in a row. But that streak came after Cutler and Hall exchanged words during various interviews. Immediately after the contest, Cutler said “there’s no reason to shy away from him. That’s hard for me to say after throwing four picks to a guy. Still, if we had to play them tomorrow, I’d still go after him every time if we could.”
A day later, Hall expressed amusement on NFL Network after learning of Cutler’s comments.
“After those comments, that makes me think he still hasn’t learned his lesson,” Hall said. “So, you know, if I had to play Jay Cutler every single week, man, I’d be in the Hall of Fame.”
Cutler refrained from discussing Sunday’s rematch with Hall on Sunday when asked Monday during “The Jay Cutler Show” on ESPN 1000.
“Next question,” Cutler said.
The quarterback refused to budge when asked again about Hall on Thursday, calling the cornerback "another player."
Any thoughts about Hall or the last the the teams met?
"Nope," Cutler said.
When the Bears last faced the Redskins, Cutler’s top two receivers included Johnny Knox and Devin Hester, with Earl Bennett serving as the No. 3 and Greg Olsen at tight end. Cutler suffered four sacks in that game behind protection that included left tackle Frank Omiyale, left guard Chris Williams, center Olin Kreutz, right guard Roberto Garza and right tackle J’Marcus Webb.
So Cutler’s supporting cast this time around is significantly improved, especially on the outside with receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and up front with a revamped offensive line.
Given his close relationship with Cutler, Marshall surely knows the history between his quarterback and Hall, but he complimented the cornerback, saying, “I’m looking forward to it.”
“You know what, DeAngelo Hall, man, he turns it up a notch against bigger receivers,” Marshall said. “So I’m excited for the challenge. He’s a guy that you’ve just got to stay focused and stay in your zone, because if you come out of your game, that’s when he starts to win. It’s one of those games, man, where you’ve got to strap up, put on extra padding because he’s tough.”
Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee), linebacker James Anderson (back) and tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) were all sidelined on Monday, although the Bears are optimistic Tillman can return on Sunday after being ruled inactive last Thursday in the club’s 27-21 victory over the New York Giants, snapping a streak of 55 consecutive games played.
Anderson injured his back in the second half against the Giants, but the injury is not believed to be serious. Bennett has battled through a variety of injuries all season but has not missed a game.
In other injury news, staring defensive tackle Stephen Paea practiced on Monday for the first time suffering a toe injury in the Bears’ Week 4 game in Detroit that forced him to sit out the last two weeks versus the Giants and New Orleans Saints.
“We’re optimistic (about Paea),” Bears head coach Marc Trestman. “He worked out here today so we are optimistic. He’ll have the day off tomorrow and the rest of the day off today, so we’re optimistic that he will be ready to go.”
Paea recorded six tackles, three tackles-for-loss, six quarterback hits and 0.5 sacks in the first four games of the year based on coaches’ review of the film.
“Every injury when you come back you are never 100 percent, but if it has to go that way (and I have to play through pain), as long as I’m on the field I’ll deal with it,” Paea said. “I wanted to play, even last week, but you just have to listen to them (the trainers).”
The Bears next practice is scheduled for Wednesday at Halas Hall.
Impressions of RB Michael Bush: "I think he has a little quicker feet than anyone anticipated, making the guy miss in the hole. That kind of threw us for a loop just watching it. He's a hard worker, he's a professional. He can do it all; he can catch passes. He's a sleeper. You never really know and then he turns it on on game day and makes plays for you."
Offensive plan against Redskins: "The 3-4 (defense) is designed to stop the run. It's hard to run against the 3-4 with spacing and with the blitzes that they bring. We wanted to go into it throwing. That was the game plan: throw and see if we can get them out of it. We got a lot of big plays out of the running games which is unexpected. We thought we were going to get most of it through the passing game. Going into the game with the game plan we had I thought we ran the ball well."
Will rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery take playing time from veterans?: "We've got a lot of weapons. We're going to rotate those guys in. Alshon is a guy that's coming on. He's playing well for us, but he's a different type of receiver than Devin (Hester) and Earl (Bennett) and Eric Weems and some of those other guys and Dane (Sanzenbacher). We're going to use him in spots where we think he's going to be successful and when he's not we're going to put Devin and some of those other guys in there and throw them the ball. There's plenty of routes and plenty of opportunity for everybody."
Feelings on possibility of NFL starting season with replacement referees: "I'd like to see the regular crews out there. I think everyone would. It's a high-paced game, and they've got to make split decisions. It's not an easy job by any means. I know a lot of us give them a hard time, including myself. The replacement officials have come in and they've been critiqued from game to game and they will probably continue to do so. Whether (a deal) gets done I don't know. We all hope it does. If it doesn't we're just going to have to work with the replacement officials and try to have some clean games."
CHICAGO – Here are five things we learned in the Bears’ 33-31 preseason victory over the Washington Redskins on Saturday night:
1. Cutler to Marshall will be a lethal combination: This was kind of a no-brainer since the two were so successful together several years ago in Denver, but wasn’t it nice to see Jay Cutler find Brandon Marshall twice for 61 yards on the Bears’ opening drive? If the pair stays healthy, they should easily re-write the record books here in Chicago. After all, Marshall’s numbers over his first seven years in the league put him near or at the top of nearly all of the Bears’ receiving milestones, and we’re talking about an organization that’s been around for 92 years. There is still room of improvement, but if Marshall doesn’t catch close to 100 balls this season, it would be a significant surprise.
2. Alshon Jeffery continues to impress: Speaking of wide receivers, rookie Alshon Jeffery just keeps getting better. The rookie second-round pick caught three passes for 62 yards Saturday night and now leads the team after two preseason contests with seven receptions for 97 yards. Jeffery prefers to let his play do the talking. Receivers are usually big on personality, but at least publically, Jeffery is very reserved -- especially when it comes to dealing with the media. That tells me he’s getting sound advice. One day Jeffery and Marshall will be the starting outside receivers with Earl Bennett working inside in the slot. If Jeffery continues to play at this level, that day will be sooner rather than later.
3. The Bears took a hard look at the left side of the line: J’Marcus Webb wasn’t the only guy out there against the Redskins fighting for his job. Left guard Chris Spencer’s subpar performance in the preseason opener opened the door for Chilo Rachal to receive extensive work with the starters against Washington. And as promised, Chris Williams worked in plenty at left tackle. Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice meets with the media on Monday, so it’s possible a decision will be made on the final offensive line combination in the near future. Teams really want to have their line set by the third preseason game -- next Friday in New York -- because that’s the closest thing to a dress rehearsal for the regular season. The tape never lies, and Tice should have plenty of film on all four players to make his determinations.
4. Injuries are the worst part of the preseason: Injuries are part of the game, but it’s difficult to watch a starter get hurt in a meaningless game. The scariest moment on Saturday night, was of course, the neck injury to Bears rookie safety Brandon Hardin who was carted off the field and immediately taken to the hospital. The good news is that Hardin never lost consciousness and had full movement of his arms and legs, but there is no telling how much time the third-round pick will be forced to miss. Same with veteran punter Adam Podlesh, who hurt his hip while trying to tackle Washington’s Brandon Banks on his 91 yard punt return touchdown, or free safety Chris Conte who left the game early with a shoulder injury that at first glance didn’t appear to be too serious. The injury bug also bit Washington as the Skins lost OLB Brian Orakpo and safety Brandon Meriweather in the first half. Teams that make it through the preseason without significant injuries should consider themselves lucky. Not sure if the Bears or Redskins fall into that category after Saturday night.
5. Michael Bush is the Bears’ goal line back: Bush fancies himself an all-around tailback, but clearly the Bears view him as their best option on the goal line. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound rusher replaced Matt Forte inside the 10 yard line on two separate occasions and both times he scored touchdowns. At this point, it’s kind of par for the course for Forte, who previously was removed from the game in the redzone in favor of former Bears running backs Marion Barber and Chester Taylor. But it makes sense. Bush has 15 rushing touchdowns the past two years compared to Forte’s nine. Forte is one of the top runners in the league, but the Bears appear content to once again limit his touches near the goal line.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears made their supposedly vanilla preseason offense burst with flavor Saturday, as Chicago ended up winning the preseason contest 33-31 in spite of a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Washington Redskins.
The club’s showing gave credence to new coordinator Mike Tice’s offseason proclamation that the Bears would indeed field an explosive offense in 2012. On Chicago’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Jay Cutler -- making his preseason debut after sitting out last week’s game -- hit Brandon Marshall for a 41-yard gain.
Four of Cutler’s first five completions gained 16 yards or more, and he finished the game with 122 yards on 7-of-13 passing. What’s more is Cutler -- despite playing behind an oft-maligned offensive line – wasn’t sacked once.
“It’s fun to get back out there,” Cutler said. “Last game it was tough to have to only watch. We had a good week of practice. I thought there was a lot more intensity and a bigger sense of urgency from the guys. We threw the first one to B (Marshall) and we started rolling a little bit.”
So much, the Bears eventually took a 13-5 advantage in first downs in the opening half, in addition to converting 50 percent of third downs while racking up 262 yards to Washington’s 101.
“We have a lot of guys who can play football,” Cutler said. “You bring in the second-team running back (Michael Bush) and he’s making plays in the hole and scoring touchdowns. We have rookie wide receivers out here playing, and we have regular guys. So we have some guys who can play. The offensive line knows it starts with them, and if they play well, we’ll take care of the rest.”
Let’s take a closer look at what took place.
What it means: It’s the preseason, so nothing, really. The most important thing to take from this is that the offense put together an all-around performance it can build on, and the defense alleviated at least some concern about the future availability of linebacker Brian Urlacher with a strong game against Robert Griffin III.
The defense sacked Griffin three times, and limited him to 49 yards passing and a rating of 79.9. The defense also forced a fumble that the offense converted into a touchdown.
H-i-t RGIII: Despite Griffin’s fleet feet, Chicago’s first-team defense kept him under constant pressure throughout the night, sacking him three times.
Israel Idonije sacked Griffin late in the first quarter and knocked the ball loose with Julius Peppers recovering the fumble on the Washington 8. The turnover led to Bush’s second touchdown run of the quarter.
“Since we have all that on offense, we have to get them the ball back,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “We got good pressure on the quarterback. That takeaway, of course, was big.”
For Idonije, he definitely felt like the defense improved.
“We did some things [right] and we did some things that we’ve got to work on,” Idonije said. “We had some opportunities to really put them in tough some spots and we let them get away. We played tough. The intensity was definitely better.”
How to make final 53: By busting the opening kickoff of the second half with a 105-yard touchdown return. That’s what veteran running back Lorenzo Booker did against the Redskins, eluding six tacklers early in the return before outrunning the rest of the coverage team to the end zone.
Booker appeared to be a long shot to make the roster because of the depth already at the position with Matt Forte, Bush, Kahlil Bell and Armando Allen in the fold. But Booker’s return skills might give him a leg up on Bell and Allen.
Booker is on his fourth team in five years, after previous stops at Miami, Philadelphia and Minnesota. By making plays such as that 105-yard return, Booker has a legitimate shot to stick.
How not to make final 53: By giving up a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown. That’s what took place late in the second quarter when Brandon Banks broke through Chicago’s coverage unit for a score.
For on-the-bubble players, special teams are the place to make their mark. In fact, special teams coach Dave Toub has pointed out several players (including some of the team’s late-round draft picks) whose NFL future depends almost solely on how they perform in the third phase of the game. Allowing a punt return for a touchdown isn’t the way to make the 53-man roster; especially on a team that consistently ranks among the league’s best on special teams.
“We didn’t like what we saw there, but you want to put guys in situations to see if they can make plays,” Smith said. “We’re finding out things about our team.”
A clutch kick: The Bears squandered a 20-point fourth quarter lead, but Robbie Gould's 57-yard field goal in the game's final minute gave the Bears the win. Gould was 4-for-4 on field goals on Saturday.
Hardin left the field on a cart and stretcher after suffering a neck injury early in the third quarter. Making a tackle on Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen at the end of a 19-yard completion, Hardin appeared to lead with his head during the play, which likely caused the injury.
Trainers immobilized Hardin’s neck and took him off the field on a cart and stretcher.
Conte, meanwhile, crashed to the turf with what appeared to be a shoulder injury after making a tackle on Redskins running back Evan Royster approximately midway through the second quarter, and never returned to action.
Punter Adam Podlesh suffered a hip injury during Banks’ 91-yard touchdown return in the second quarter. Chasing Banks, Podlesh started limping near the Bears’ sideline as the return man closed in on the end zone. He left the field immediately, and the team announced he was doubtful to return.
The extent of the various injuries weren’t immediately disclosed.
What’s next: The Bears return to their normal digs at Halas Hall to continue preparation for Friday’s game on the road against the New York Giants. The third exhibition game for teams is typically the one in which starters receive the most action, as it’s considered final prep for the regular season because teams rest their key players in the last preseason outing. The team will also treat the week of preparation for the Giants very similar to that of a real game week.
CHICAGO -- The Bears tacked on 10 more points, this time on special teams as Lorenzo Booker brought back the opening kickoff of the second half 105 yards for a touchdown and Robbie Gould booted a 19-yard field goal to make the score 30-10.
Booker evaded six tacklers after catching the ball deep in Chicago’s end zone, and outran the rest of the Redskins coverage team on the way to the touchdown.
Booker came into training camp as a long shot to make the roster because of the depth at the position with Matt Forte, Michael Bush, Kahlil Bell and Armando Allen. But Booker likely made a strong case to make the final roster with his return skills.
Gould’s field goal, meanwhile, capped a 10-play drive spanning 55 yards. Backup quarterback Jason Campbell completed back-to-back passes to rookie tight end Evan Rodriguez and receiver Chris Summers during the drive for 25 yards.
CHICAGO – With the bulk of the starters – except for the offensive line – pulled midway through the second quarter, the Bears were coasting until Washington’s Brandon Banks returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown to make it a 17-10 game. To make matters worse, Bears veteran punter Adam Podlesh suffered a hip injury while trying to tackle Banks on the return and is doubtful to return, leaving rookie Ryan Quigley as the only healthy punter on the roster.
However, the Bears did bounce back as Jason Campbell connected with Eric Weems on a 33 yard completion that set up a Robbie Gould 28-yard field goal with three seconds on the clock to give the Bears a 20-10 lead at halftime.
Campbell finished the quarter going 6 of 10 for 102 yards and a 94.6 quarterback rating.
Gould also hit from 45 yards earlier in the quarter. Redskins kicker Neil Rackers booted a 28-yard field goal to put Washington on the board.
The Bears wrapped up the first half with 262 total yards after managing just 132 total yards last week versus the Denver Broncos.Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Michael Bush stole the show for the Bears in the opening quarter but rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery led the team with three catches for 62 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, starting defensive end Israel Idonije dominated with 2.5 sacks, while defensive tackle Matt Toeaina was credited with half a sack.
Free safety Chris Conte left the game with a shoulder injury and
CHICAGO -- Perhaps the Chicago Bears flashed the fireworks to come during Saturday's preseason game, starting with a 41-yard pass on the club’s first play from scrimmage, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by Michael Bush that put them up 7-0 on the Washington Redskins after their first drive on the way to a 14-0 lead.
Bush scored both the team’s touchdowns on runs of 1 and 8 yards.
Defensively, the club made noise, too. Late in the first quarter, Israel Idonije dropped Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III for a sack and forced him to fumble with Julius Peppers pouncing on the loose ball at the Washington 8. The turnover led to Bush’s second scoring jaunt.
In a six-play drive spanning 82 yards to open the game for the Bears, Cutler completed passes to three receivers, including a 16-yard connection with rookie Alshon Jeffery on a slant route that put the Bears at the 1 for Bush’s first TD.
Cutler ripped the Redskins through the air, hitting 5 of 8 for 99 yards and a passer rating of 105.7. The Bears generated 133 yards of offense in the quarter, while limiting the Redskins to 60 yards. The Bears also converted 2 of 3 third downs in the quarter.
That’s why he can’t go into Saturday’s matchup against the Washington Redskins with the mentality that it’s just another preseason game.
“I’m not in that position,” Williams said. “Preseason is like a regular game for me. You go out there, you play hard, and you try and win a starting job.”
A candidate competing with third-year veteran J’Marcus Webb for the starting job at left tackle, Williams produced a solid performance in the club’s preseason-opening loss last week to the Denver Broncos, which earned him more repetitions from the coaching staff as it intensifies the evaluation process to nail down the starters as soon as possible.
After all, neither Webb nor Williams is excelling at camp.
Webb is coming off a performance last week that wasn’t “up to par as far as the standards we’re trying to set to protect our quarterbacks,” according to offensive coordinator Mike Tice, who also singled out Williams for having a “solid” outing.
“Not many of us performed the way we needed to last week,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “I assume we’re all going to do a good job this week, left tackle included.”
Williams isn’t reading too much into the team’s decision to give him more repetitions in recent days or the fact Tice wants to see him working against Washington’s starters. Williams just wants a legitimate opportunity to win a starting job, regardless of where.
Webb could make that tougher for him, because he’s come on in recent practices, according to Tice.
“I don’t know if I would (classify) it as a second chance, but it’s a chance for me to go out and win a starting job, which I’ve been trying to do all along,” Williams said. “We’ve all got something to prove. I want to prove I can go out and block anyone, and block people consistently. There’s nothing extra there for me. I’ve been trying all camp to win a starting job. So I’m not going to do anything different.”
There’s a good chance the top performer at left tackle against the Redskins eventually wins the starting job, with the club looking to name its starting five up front as soon as possible so the offensive line can develop cohesion going into the regular season. Typically the third preseason game for teams is somewhat of a dress rehearsal for the regular season, with most teams sitting out starters during the final exhibition matchup.
So if either player is to make a move toward separating themselves as the clear cut starter, preseason Game No. 2 is the time to do it.
Here’s a look at a few matchups to watch Saturday when the Bears host the Redskins at Soldier Field:
“Been impressed with him for a long time,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “His college coach is an old high school friend of mine so of course I’ve followed them quite a bit. He can do everything you want a good quarterback to do. I think he had over a 145.0 quarterback rating in the 14 plays he played last week. He’ll be a good challenge for us.
“It seems like most of the quarterbacks nowadays are athletic and they can beat you moving around, buying time to complete passes. He can do that.”
Although Griffin was credited with just one official rushing attempt in his preseason debut against Buffalo, he routinely made plays outside the pocket while in college where he rushed for 2,254 yards and 33 touchdowns. That element of Griffin’s game could test the ability of the Bears’ younger defensive ends to keep contain and not allow the quarterback to get in the open field where he is more than capable of picking up chunks of yardage.
“He’s a great athlete and a great passer,” Bears defensive end Corey Wootton said. “When you have guys that fast who can get out of the pocket in Mike Shanahan’s offense it’s tough because it leaves doubt some plays here and there. But you have to follow your keys and take angles on a guy like that.
“Coach has been stressing angles, especially on a guy who can run a 4.3 or 4.4 (40-yard dash).”
At least that’s the impression left by Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall last Thursday, when he continued a verbal assault on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler dating back to last October by calling the signal caller a “clown.”
More than six months after tying an NFL record by intercepting Cutler four times in one half during a 17-14 Redskins win over the Bears, Hall was asked about the experience by 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. In Hall’s defense, the interviewer referred to Cutler as a “clown” in the question posed to the cornerback.
“Jay is definitely a clown,” Hall said. “I played against the kid one other time, and it was when I first went to Oakland, first game of the season we played on a Monday night. And [current Redskins coach Mike] Shanahan was actually coaching. He’s played against [Raiders owner] Al Davis so long, he knows what we’re going to be in -- man under -- it ain’t no help, just go out and play football no matter what they come out in. You can tell Shanahan was scheming us up -- max protection, double/triple move -- and Eddie Royal caught a couple balls against me that game.”
Hall was referring to comments made by Cutler in the minutes after Chicago’s loss to the Redskins in which he said he would still throw Hall’s way despite the cornerback’s record-tying performance. In the players’ previous matchup featuring Hall as an Oakland Raider and Cutler as a Denver Bronco, the quarterback passed for 299 yards, which included a long scoring strike to Royal, who was being covered by Hall.
That performance appears to have led to Cutler’s comments after the Bears loss to Washington about throwing Hall’s way again, and sparked a near-immediate harsh response by the cornerback, who apparently still has more to say about the quarterback’s decision to keep throwing his direction.
“I tell you what, I don’t know if Jay was like, ‘I’m going to keep going at him, I don’t care what is going on,’” Hall said. “And the first half, I didn’t have an interception, a pass breakup or nothing, and then to come out in the second half against those guys and get four interceptions … man, I’ve never had more than two in a game. So to go out and get four in the half, I was like, ‘Man, this is unreal.’ I’m on the sideline like, ‘Wow, this is pretty amazing.’ ”
Even more astonishing is Hall's inability to let the issue subside. Anybody think Cutler is off somewhere passionately discussing Hall?
I seriously doubt it.