Jay Cutler sits after one series

SAN DIEGO -- Jay Cutler's preseason debut lasted only one series.

Cutler guided the Bears 51 yards in nine plays on their opening drive, which resulted in a 38-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. Then was replaced by quarterback Caleb Hanie.

"We were excited to get into rhythm," Cutler said. "We just wanted to get in there and knock some of the jitters off. We're learning a new offense. We wanted to get in and out of the huddle and get in a little bit of a rhythm. We definitely have to play more [in the second preseason game] and get a little deeper into the first half."

Cutler was 2 for 2 for 47 yards and a quarterback rating of 118.8. Both of his completions were to wide receiver Johnny Knox, who hauled in a 33-yard reception on the Bears second offensive play from scrimmage.

"I got some good looks," Knox said. "I got open a little bit. Jay [Cutler] got the ball to me real quick. The offensive line gave him the time to throw it and I was just out there trying to make plays."

In total, Cutler took only eight snaps, but was sacked once and also hit hard while trying to run out of bounds.

"The plan was only to give Jay a few plays tonight," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "We went as planned."

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.