Jay Cutler not pressing panic button
We're still in a good position in the [NFC North] and the NFC, so I don't think there's a need to hit the panic button, by any means. But we have to get better, there's no doubt about it.”-- Jay Cutler
The Bears' primary problem has been protecting Cutler, who has been sacked 23 times -- including one that resulted in a concussion -- in 4 1/2 games.
"We're 4-2, and we have one more game before the bye," Cutler said. "We're still in a good position in the [NFC North] and the NFC, so I don't think there's a need to hit the panic button, by any means.
"But we have to get better, there's no doubt about it."
Cutler said there's not one specific reason why the Bears haven't been able to provide better protection.
"Everyone takes part in that," he said. "It starts up front, and it's my job to get rid of the ball on time. It's the receivers' job to get open and convert their routes when they're supposed to convert them. Everyone takes part in the passing game and our ability to execute it.
"We have to complete some balls, have to hit some [hot receivers changing routes to counteract the blitz], I have to get a little more accurate and we have to protect better. Everyone, it takes 11 guys. This offense is so detailed if one guy is off it's going to have a traumatic effect on the outcome of the play."
Cutler defended his offensive line, which has been battling injuries and continually has moved players around.
"If we're going to get blitzed as much as we get blitzed, it's going to be hard for them to pick up guys on the move and find gaps," Cutler said. "It's difficult. It's really difficult for an offensive line. Those guys on the right side are still learning, and Olin [Kreutz] is doing his best to get them in the right position."
Still, Cutler said he has faith that the players and coaches will find a way to correct the problems. The Bears host the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and Cutler expects to face more blitzing.
"As players and a staff and as a whole organization, we've identified the problem and we're going to attack it and fix it," he said. "If we were in a different situation, if our record was reversed, we'd probably a little more adamant about it than we are now. We're still in a good spot, still have a good team and we have to fix the problems and move on."
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