Then Tice changed his mind.
I kind of moved on, the game was so bad, Tice said of the regular-season meeting between the teams. I looked at 19 plays with the line the other day and decided I couldnt do that to them. It was that bad.
For those unfamiliar with the gory details, Jay Cutler was sacked six times as the Bears were 0-for-12 on third downs in the Seahawks 23-20 victory at Soldier Field, including blitzing defensive back Jordan Babineauxs sack that resulted in a safety.
Lawyer Milloy had two sacks from his safety spot, Babineaux was credited with 11/2 while cornerback Roy Lewis brought down Cutler once.
The Bears blitz radar certainly malfunctioned that afternoon.
Every blitz is on the offense, center Olin Kreutz said. Ill talk about my responsibility. But whos it on? Who gives a (crap)? We got sacked. And well just try to get that fixed.
Any identification starts with me. If somebody doesnt understand who they have, I take that personally because thats my job.
The Bears should comprehend fully what to expect if the Seahawks hit them with the same flurry Sunday. This is far from the tentative offense that took the field three months ago.
Cutler has become more adept at getting the ball out quicker, and the line finally has found continuity with Kreutz, Frank Omiyale, Chris Williams, Roberto Garza, and JMarcus Webb together for the last nine games. Not to mention players such as receiver Johnny Knox understand their roles better in terms of Cutlers hot reads.
The weak side, thats usually where they blitz from, Knox said. I see an awful lot of those hots.
But how many blitzes will the Bears see this time? According to ESPN stats, the Seahawks sent at least one defensive back on the blitz a season-high 44.7 percent of the time against the Bears as compared to 20.3 percent throughout the entire regular season. In their last two games against the Rams and Saints, the Seahawks blitzed less than 11 percent.
We have to get a good feel for what theyre going to do and (they have) calmed down a little bit since we played them, Cutler said, But we have to prepare for anything because they have nothing to lose. Everyone, youre one and done. They could show us anything.
Tice fully expects the Seahawks to blitz, and blitz some more.
Theyre going to have to find a way to get to the NFC championship game, Tice said. If youre playing the Bears, then you have to test them and see how much better theyve gotten.
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