Monday, August 20, 2012
Jay Cutler: Bears' OL to face test
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.
"We're going to try to help out as much as possible (perhaps by keeping in more blockers and having shorter drops), but at the end of the game, we'll have a pretty good idea of what we have up front."
In perhaps the most infamous game of Cutler's first three seasons with the Bears, the Giants sacked him an NFL-record nine times in the first half on Oct. 3, 2010. Cutler suffered a concussion in that game and missed the following week in Carolina.
The Bears made substantial improvements to the offense during this offseason and that improvement was on display Saturday when Cutler hooked up with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery while Michael Bush scored two touchdowns as the first-team offense built a 20-0 lead over the Washington Redskins.
But the only improvement to the offensive line was the return from injury of first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi, who is the starting right tackle. J'Marcus Webb and Chris Williams have been battling for the starting left tackle spot and neither has done much to impress the coaching staff.
Cutler wasn't sacked Saturday, but the Giants recorded seven sacks for 45 yards in beating the New York Jets on Saturday. Jason Pierre-Paul and
Adewale Ojomo each had two.
"Those front four that they have are some of the best in the league," Cutler said. "They're really long, they're fast, they can bull rush, they can speed rush.
"It's going to be a challenge for those guys."