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Morning links: Containing Cutler

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 14, 2011 at 8:35 am with 13 Comments »
January 14, 2011 8:35 am
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler (AP file photo).

Ryan Divish of The News Tribune profiles Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler and the pressure he faces in his first postseason game. The Bears do not exactly have a strong lineage of great signal callers, with Sid Luckman, Jim McMahan and Jim Harbaugh at the top of the list, but Cutler could put his name among those with a deep playoff run.


He was a cannon-armed, touchdown-throwing machine for the Denver Broncos with a bright future. In 37 games with the Broncos, Cutler threw for 9,024 yards and 54 touchdowns. Those passing yards would have ranked Cutler seventh on Chicago’s all-time list of career leaders.

Bears fans expected Super Bowls, Pro Bowls and success.

It hasn’t quite worked out that way. Much as his play can be from series to series and game to game, it’s been an up-and-down ride in Cutler’s two seasons as the Bears’ quarterback.

But on Sunday at Soldier Field, Cutler can do plenty to reach those high expectations and cement himself well above the quarterback fodder of the Bears’ past by leading his team to a playoff win, and beyond.

John McGrath of The News Tribune reports from Bears’ camp, saying that Chicago has refocused on its running game.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Will Herring has stayed true to his linebacker ways, playing through a broken wrist that he doesn’t remember injuring.

Seattle’s rookie defensive backs have cut their teeth in Gus Bradley’s Bandit package, which could be a factor again in the Hawks rematch against the Bears. Cutler finished 3-of-8 for 39 yards and was sacked four times when Seattle used its bandit package.

John Crist of joins Doug Farrar of to preview the Hawks-Bears matchup.

Tim Booth of The Associated Press writes that all Seattle defensive end Raheem Brock knows is the playoffs.

Rod Mar of offers these photos from Thursday’s practice.

Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune writes that when the pressure is on, Cutler has been off.

Brad Biggs and Matt Bowen of The Chicago Tribune break down the game.

Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times says defensive end Julius Peppers’ willingness to play team defense has made that entire unit better.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated predicts a 23-20 win for Chicago.

Andy Benoit of CBS Sports provides seven keys for the Hawks-Bears game.

Brian Burke of Advance NFL Stats give Seattle a 20 percent win probability against Chicago on the road.

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  1. ohhhhh, geeeez how i wish Sunday were here already. the suspense and unknown is killing me!!!!

    I been on a roller-coasting teeter-totter of emotions. I have the feeling one minute that they can do it. then i remember their horrible play at many points during the season and i think i am crazy for believing and that last week was a fluke and the ride ends in Chi-Town….and then I look at how the entire country and most people in this state were expecting a blow out loss last week.. Then i look back at the last two weeks and it is an entirely different team than just 4 weeks ago. the schizophrenic Seahwaks are making me schizophrenic! go figure?? and GO HAWKS!!!!

    I am not as think as you crazy I am….

  2. I don’t want to get my hopes up this week, because I fear to be disappointed greatly. With a win like that, against the defending champs AND the possibility of the NFC Championship game at Qwest, I kind of feel like it’s going to well, I don’t know what to think really. If Cutler has an off day, chances are. we’ll win, but if he doesn’t I can’t see us getting away with that W, their defense is much better than the Saints, and I don’t think we’ll be able to run very well against them. But what I saw from our unit last week, especially Earl Thomas who played terrific, well, I think we have a chance of stopping them as well, but what I wouldn’t give up to have a healthy Red Bryant crushing Forté.

  3. This is one of those games that could go either way. I wouldn’t feel that way if the Seahawks were playing the Falcons. I think the Falcons would be very tough for the Seahawks to beat. The same with the Packers, except the Seahawks would be playing them at Qwest, and anything can happen there. But the Bears are very beatable — they might even beat themselves.

    I don’t buy what Peter King says — that the Seahawks played a near-perfect game to beat the Bears during the regular season. I do think they made some good plays, but the running game wasn’t as effective as it is now (Beast Mode was more like Red Riding Hood Mode), and the TEs weren’t being used much in the passing game. It was mainly the Mike Williams Show, with a cameo by Dion Butler.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    I found this stat very interesting; Jaws on PTI yesterday stated the Bears lead the league in negative plays with 130 (54 sacks, 71 rushes for a loss and 5 pass’ for loss) for an average of 8.13 plays for a loss a game. FYI… (I’m looking to see if I can find Seattle’s numbers as a comparison.)

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Peter King is a total moron.

  6. Sometimes I can’t help wondering if the experts are reading from the same script, one that says: “The Seahawks beat the Bears during the regular season, but this is a different Bears team. ”

    “Well, it’s a different Seahawks team too, you moron!” I want to scream.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Perfect game?

    We had far more penalty yards against us!

    We allowed a punt return for a touchdown!

    We didn’t create any turnovers!

    It looks like to me that the Bears played more close to a perfect game!

  8. If Bates continues to make great game plans, and the players execute them well, then yes, we are a very different team.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I have been reading a few Saint blogs this morning, and of all the teams that are still in playoff picture it’s the Seahawks that they,(the fans), want the most to win the Superbowl!

  10. That makes sense because they don’t want the distinction of being the Seahawks only victim in the playoffs.

    A blow-out win by Chicago would make NO look even worse for losing to us. A Seattle win on the road makes us more legit.

  11. chrisj122 says:

    Here’s an article, it sounds like Lovie Smith is taking a little swipe at Pete Carrol, or maybe I’m overly sensitive but I don’t think so.

    “Bears defense should send Seahawks crashing back to reality”

  12. SandpointHawk says:

    The Saints press, fans and players have been the classiest I have ever seen. I have been very impressed with what I have read this week.

  13. I read the Bears article and I don’t think Lovie said that ~I think the writer did.
    Good bulletin board material tho.

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