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Bears’ line: Suh cannot get to Cutler, plain and simple

Ndamukong Suh, Jay Cutler AP

The Chicago Bears’ offensive line is focused on what it says is the toughest test of the year tonight: Keeping Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh off Jay Cutler.

First of all, he cannot get to the quarterback — plain and simple,” Bears center Roberto Garza said. “It’s up to us to make sure that doesn’t happen. If he’s close to the quarterback, one of us got beat, and we can’t let that be an issue.”

Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice says that the key to the Bears stopping Suh isn’t double-teaming him. It’s winning one-on-one matchups.

“If you double him on every play, then I don’t have enough guys,” Tice said. “We’re going to try to give guys help, but we also have to give help on [Kyle Vanden Bosch]. [We have to give] help on [Cliff] Avril. There’s only so many guys we can help at the same time. At some point, guys have to earn their checks.”

So far this season the Bears’ offensive linemen haven’t done a very good job of earning their checks, and Cutler has been sacked 15 times. Tice says his players need to get a lot better, in a hurry.

“Every one of my guys has a challenge this week,” Tice said. “This is the best front we’ve played this year.”

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  1. grogansheroes says: Oct 10, 2011 9:10 AM

    Well, it seems like everyone else can!

  2. comeonnowguys says: Oct 10, 2011 9:11 AM

    Capt. Obvious to the rescue!

  3. cakemixa says: Oct 10, 2011 9:15 AM

    Every d-line the Bears have faced so far has looked All-Pro going against their o-line – what do you think an actual All-Pro d-line is going to look like? The Bears should consider this a win as long as Cutler isn’t injured.

  4. asublimeday says: Oct 10, 2011 9:17 AM

    Cue the over-excited lion trolls treating a week 5 game like the superbowl in 3..2…1…

  5. motownmarauders says: Oct 10, 2011 9:18 AM

    I’m Fairley SUHrtain that is going be be an extremely tough task. I have a feeling Cutler is going to have a long night.

  6. gman41 says: Oct 10, 2011 9:21 AM

    I have a feeling they will double Suh all night. the rest of the line needs to step up and take advantage of single coverage.

  7. bsoldiers says: Oct 10, 2011 9:24 AM

    Jay is going to take a beat down tonite,that ol line sucks

  8. wawa33 says: Oct 10, 2011 9:26 AM

    Suh will break the pencil perched behind Meathead Mike Tice’s ear.

  9. jpost4887 says: Oct 10, 2011 9:26 AM

    I’ll put down $100 Suh gets his hands on Cutler tonight.

  10. dracko19 says: Oct 10, 2011 9:27 AM

    Oh and by the way, Nick Fairley debuts tonight. Lions have been blown away at how fast he is. He came off a double team in practice and blew up a running back and the linebacking corps stood in awe. Good luck CHI

  11. hotep999 says: Oct 10, 2011 9:29 AM

    “Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice says that the key to the Bears stopping Suh isn’t double-teaming him. It’s winning one-on-one matchups.”

    I wonder how many coaches and offensive linemen have lost their jobs with that mentality against this guy?

  12. eastsideballa says: Oct 10, 2011 9:32 AM

    As a Lions fan I speak for everybody when I say yes Mike Tice, do not block Suuuuuh sounds like a fantastic game plan Allahu Akbar!!

  13. bearswinby1 says: Oct 10, 2011 9:37 AM

    Forte with the halfback toss and pass tonight. Mark my words.

  14. waltdawg says: Oct 10, 2011 9:42 AM

    Well now that you have stated that, I am sure Jay can put away his Kevlar body suit that he was planning to debut!

    Now that Suh just can’t get to him….

    Plan for Bears-Hit Calvin and stop Sue….Ok. Sounds good. Now execute….Oh wait, they can’t!

  15. slapnutz says: Oct 10, 2011 9:48 AM

    Tice you will need your WR’s and RB’s behind your OF line and you may have a chance of protecting Cutler. Best of Luck.

  16. butlers91 says: Oct 10, 2011 9:48 AM

    I had to read that twice…first time I thought they said “will not” which would be a bold prediction.

  17. bigboi30 says: Oct 10, 2011 9:49 AM

    Good Luck!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!! Im sorry Bears, not going to happen. But, ok lets look at it your way. You already know, the only way to keep this hinhry Lion (Suh) from his steak ( Cutler), is to double n triple team him. And if you do that, well, there is the rest of the pack (Avril, Vonder Bosch, Williams, Houston, Carpenter, and Durant), licking thier chops and ready to pounce. Then, tonight, there is a new Lion hungry to eat, and claim is spot amongst the pack. Bears QB Jay Cutler and Oline, say hello to my little friend, (scarface referance LOL), Nick Fairley. So yeah, there is a slim chance you can stop Suh from getting his dinner, but is it worth feeding the rest of the pack? Face it, Cutler is getting served up on a silver platter, to a very determined, focused, driven, and hungry Lion Defence.

  18. pigskinswag says: Oct 10, 2011 9:50 AM

    Thats a good goal for the Bears O-Line to have (well, pretty much, it’s everyone’s goal who plays Detroit so not really insightful thinking here…but I digress), but the Lions are more than a one man rock band on the D-Line. Corey Williams is no slouch at the other DT, Kyle Vanden Bosch is pretty solid at one end, and Cliff Avril is highly underrated at the other end. The thought pattern for the line should be to keep EVERYONE off of Cutler. Too much attention paid to Suh and one of these other guys could be running free.

  19. mvpolamalu says: Oct 10, 2011 9:52 AM

    Detroit d gets me more than 5 points I win! Let’s go ndamukong

  20. axespray says: Oct 10, 2011 9:55 AM

    Dude, the lions could line up WRs at DT and still rack up several sacks against that Bear’s oline….
    Suh by himself… uh-oh.

  21. weimtime says: Oct 10, 2011 9:56 AM

    Lions are 20th against the run. My guess here is that the Bears line up in double tight with a FB and run Forte as much as possible.

    That could open up the play action game, but w/o a decent WR on the roster, look for Cutler to average about 150-180 yards passing the rest of year.

    Only the Bears could trade two drafts aways to get a game changing QB and turn him into Orton with a stronger arm. If you value a good run game, solid defense and special teams, then tell the OC not to chuck it up 80 times even when you’re down.

    Bottom line – stick to 50s Bears ball (which is obviously all they can do) and the OL won’t have to pick Cutler up 10 times.

    //Go Bears.

  22. medtxpack says: Oct 10, 2011 9:57 AM

    This packer fan is behind you Lions! Go get em! DA BEARS STILL SUCK!

  23. fcs34 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:01 AM

    Pretty sure it was Julius Peppers who put Stafford out last season so the tabbies might wanna think about protecting there QB as well since they throw about 70 times a game.

  24. realitypolice says: Oct 10, 2011 10:05 AM

    Great job making headline suggest that the Bears line had issued some sort of guarantee when in fact they were just stating the obvious.

    I probably would have skipped the article if it had said- “Bears Line- We have to keep Suh off Cutler”.

    Given the amount of lineman who have gotten to him this year, I have a hard time believing that Suh won’t have plenty of opportunities to introduce himself to Mr. Cutler.

  25. asublimeday says: Oct 10, 2011 10:12 AM

    Better yet: let him commit another dumb personal foul penalty on cutler in the clutch.

    Suh the duh

  26. pmac9102 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:12 AM

    Want to save Cutler?? Try quick slants to the WR and draws and shovel passes to Forte. 3 step drops will render that defensive line ( which is the best in football ) ineffective. But then again, Martz thinks he still has Warner, Holt, and Bruce, so that’s not gonna happen.

  27. jjbadd says: Oct 10, 2011 10:13 AM

    There is no way I would provoke SUH! I wouldn’t say anything to encourage him to play harder! Not a Lions or Bears fan, but Suh is a BEAST!!

  28. kalispellmt says: Oct 10, 2011 10:13 AM

    Saying you’re going to single team Suh is like saying you’re going to punt to Hester.

  29. asublimeday says: Oct 10, 2011 10:18 AM

    Glass man stafford is the one who needs to worry

  30. angelosdraftboard says: Oct 10, 2011 10:18 AM

    Lion Natio is showing some pretty bold talk about a team that has had one winning record in the last 10 years. Bears are old and on the decline but I’m betting a veteran team has enough left to serve a reality sandwich to the young upstarts tonight. Bear 27 Lion 24

  31. descendency says: Oct 10, 2011 10:21 AM

    Let me be the first to say it…

    RIP Jay Cutler.

  32. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 10, 2011 10:21 AM

    We all know Cutler is going to get hit, that’s a given. This thread is about the wrong players on both sides of the ball.

    Mr. Stafford, you remember Mr. Peppers don’t you?

    One solid pop and the cork in Detroit’s champagne bottle stays put for yet another season.

  33. kingmj4891 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:23 AM

    fcs34 says:
    Oct 10, 2011 10:01 AM
    Pretty sure it was Julius Peppers who put Stafford out last season so the tabbies might wanna think about protecting there QB as well since they throw about 70 times a game.

    Yes the Pepper play did knock out Stafford but that was a fluke play anyways, look for Peppers to be contained rather well tonight.

    Lions 34
    Bears 16

  34. kingmj4891 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:25 AM

    kalispellmt says:
    Oct 10, 2011 10:13 AM
    Saying you’re going to single team Suh is like saying you’re going to punt to Hester.

    _________________________________

    Nice analogy!!!!!!!

  35. bearzfan says: Oct 10, 2011 10:28 AM

    I think the Lions will get a heavy dose of Matt Forte to initially protect Cutler and then Roy Williams will have a career night (cue the laughter for the last bit….)

    I think it is will be a much closer game than people predict. I think the key is containing megatron, if that is possible.

    I am clearly biased, but I actually see the Bears in a squeaker…Robbie Gould field goal to win it.

  36. purpleguy says: Oct 10, 2011 10:29 AM

    The Bears should worry more about outside than interior pressure. Then again, both QBs are likely to get beaten to a pulp. If the Lions couldn’t contain Jared Allen, they ain’t gonna stop Peppers.

  37. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 10, 2011 10:32 AM

    Chicago seems over rated on both offense and defense to me, yet somehow they went far last year and are winning this season….but not tonight….

  38. lioncrazy says: Oct 10, 2011 10:33 AM

    Another issue for the Bear O-line is that a Monday Night game in Detroit is going to be very loud and they better know how to deal with the noise, if not, it’s going to be an ugly night for them and their fans.

  39. bcar1023 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:33 AM

    Whaddaya know… assublimeday is back hating on the Lions. At least he is consistent. Lol

  40. brianbowman16 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:39 AM

    asublimeday says:
    Oct 10, 2011 10:12 AM
    Better yet: let him commit another dumb personal foul penalty on cutler in the clutch.

    Suh the duh

    Oh my! That is so CUTE!!!!
    Somebody STILL doesn’t know how to pronounce his name after 2 years of people saying it at LEAST twice a week!

    and to the guy who said the Bears should just run the ball down our throats, ask Adrian Peterson how well that worked for an entire game (7o yards 1st half, 7 in the second half)

  41. carolinethedog says: Oct 10, 2011 10:46 AM

    I’m a huge Bears fan, and Cutler fan still. Couple things…#1 getting rid of Olsen was STUPID…#2 signing no real veterans at OL/WR was STUPID…

    But, I will say this about Cutler. I have NEVER seen a QB that just needs to GET THE DAMN BALL OFF as bad as this guy. He literally just holds on to it forever sometimes when the play is clearly broken.

    Stop TAKING so many sacks Jay!!! You can throw it away sometimes…you’re career and Bears fans around the world, will thank you.

  42. moelester says: Oct 10, 2011 10:53 AM

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  43. louisvillebear says: Oct 10, 2011 10:54 AM

    The headline makes it sounds like the Bears OT line were talking crap. POS journalism at it’s finest. I guess it works because I clicked on the story, but this site is really going down hill. It’s less about NFL news or more about CREATING NFL news anymore in order to boost ratings.

  44. klunge says: Oct 10, 2011 10:55 AM

    fcs34 says:
    Oct 10, 2011 10:01 AM
    Pretty sure it was Julius Peppers who put Stafford out last season so the tabbies might wanna think about protecting there QB as well since they throw about 70 times a game.
    ————————————————-
    Before you get the idea you’ve turned the tables with your glib comment, let’s bring those pesky things called facts into it. So far this year:
    Lions:
    162 pass plays (40.5 per game avg)
    62.3% comp
    5 sacks allowed (3% of dropbacks)
    11 TDs (7% of total attempts / 2.8 per game)
    3 INT (1.8% of total attempts)

    Bears:
    131 pass plays (32.8 per game)
    54.2% comp
    15 sacks allowed (11.5% of dropbacks)
    5 TDs (3.8% of attempts)
    4 INT (3% of attempts)

    It has nothing to do with number of attempts, it’s about efficiency of the passing game. Take the Lions percentages factored into the number of attempts by Chicago, and we’d still have 9 TDs, with only 4 sacks & 2 INT. I believe it’s about a 40% higher probability the Lions score a passing TD than get sacked or picked. The Bears meanwhile have a 380% higher chance of getting sacked/picked than tossing a score.

    So save your ‘concern’, we’ll like our pass game just fine. Worry about your own issues.

  45. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 10, 2011 10:58 AM

    “First of all, he cannot get to the quarterback — plain and simple,” Bears center Roberto Garza said.
    ___________

    Actually, he can. And he will.

  46. klunge says: Oct 10, 2011 11:02 AM

    asublimeday says:
    Oct 10, 2011 10:12 AM
    Better yet: let him commit another dumb personal foul penalty on cutler in the clutch.

    Suh the duh
    ———————————————
    Not sure what you mean by “another” personal foul, since everyone who isn’t a blind Bears slappy knows that pushdown last year was legit and the call was bogus. Suh did Cutler a favor shoving him down rather than grabbing and pile-driving him. Be assured he’ll withhold any such courtesy this time around.

  47. medtxpack says: Oct 10, 2011 11:06 AM

    louisvillebear….
    typical negative bears fan. take your crap elsewhere. were all about good football here and theres nothing wrong with this story. just you.

  48. suhisbetterthanu says: Oct 10, 2011 11:09 AM

    Yeah… that should work.

  49. phreakin says: Oct 10, 2011 11:20 AM

    Suh just got back from watching his old Blackshirts come up BIG on OSU. He’s gonna be in a feisty mood tonight. Blackshirt bookends in Detroit are gonna meet at Cutler.

  50. m2karateman says: Oct 10, 2011 11:26 AM

    I hope the Bears do try and block Suh with one guy. Teams tried that last season, and he netted 10 sacks from it. This season, the teams the Lions have faced have been doubling him routinely. Why? Because that’s the only chance there is to stop him…and they still can’t.
    Wanna stop Megatron? Go ahead…double cover, triple cover…whatever. What are you going to do about Pettigrew, Scheffler, Burleson and Titus Young now? Who is gonna cover Jahvid Best out of the backfield? Chicago’s defense just doesn’t have enough speed and talent to do the job.
    And for all the people talking about Stafford getting hurt….well, he’s taken some pretty solid hits this season and jumped right back up. So you can stow that nonsense.
    It will be a good game, a LOUD game, and a close game. I expect no less from Chicago. But this is OUR HOUSE…and this ain’t your daddy’s Lions. If the referees don’t help the Bears like they did last season, the Bears just won’t have enough to get the job done.
    Lions – 31
    Bears – 20

  51. upyoursnfu says: Oct 10, 2011 11:31 AM

    No wonder the Bears line sucks…that idiot Mike Tice is coaching them. Whats next Matt Millen as the GM?

  52. balewsquare says: Oct 10, 2011 11:39 AM

    As a Bears fan, I was excited to hear that Tice had designed a scheme to neutralize Suh. Then he said that he’ll play the whole line one on one and the guys need to earn their checks…I think they should prove that they CAN earn their checks before throwing them to Suh.

  53. Nevis says: Oct 10, 2011 11:44 AM

    Lions/Niners game has me licking my chops…

  54. jsalis13 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:44 AM

    Suh doesn’t concern me as much as he seems to terrify everyone else. Because of where he lines up he’ll be getting a one-onone with the bears best O-linemen, Chris Spencer, who gas been one of the best guards in the NFL through 4 weeks.

    I feel that the Bears will realize that this Lions D-line is a good pass rushing unit, but when faced with a good RB and a well coordinated rushing attack they don’t fare nearly as well.

    The biggest weakness in the Lions run D comes between RG-RT. This is the area that Suh should be responsible for, however he has yet to develop the ability to play the run well and constantly attacks the C-RG gap trying to go after the passer. Matt Forte has the speed to get to the outside of the line and if Suh doesn’t stay home on the rusn expect to see the Lions gashed again the same way the Bucs(13 of 24 total yards), Cheifs(29 of 37), Vikings(61 of 93,not counting a 39 yard run by a WR reverse or 11 yard QB scramble), Cowboys(65-113)

  55. cmutimmah says: Oct 10, 2011 11:49 AM

    pmac9102 says:
    Oct 10, 2011 10:12 AM
    Want to save Cutler?? Try quick slants to the WR and draws and shovel passes to Forte. 3 step drops will render that defensive line ( which is the best in football ) ineffective. But then again, Martz thinks he still has Warner, Holt, and Bruce, so that’s not gonna happen.

    ——————

    He thinks he still has Orlando Pace, also, lol…

    You’re right… that’s what teams have been doing all year to the Lions so far trying to slow the rush, problem is the rush keeps coming. The dline now trusting the linebackers to do their job has allowed the Lions to force teams to be one dimensional by the second half… this is a big reason for their comebacks.

  56. jsalis13 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:59 AM

    Bears Need to run to ontrol the Clock, while Megatron is border line uncoverable(who am I kidding, he’s uncoverable) if they put Charles Tillman on him then he can contain him enough that he doesn’t destroy the Bears. As for the comment that the Bears can’t cover Best, Urlacher is one of the best cover linebackers in the NFL and Lance Briggs is an elite talent as well. Pettigrew and Best won’t have much room, Titus Young has shown flashes, but has yet to be consistent.

  57. rueg10 says: Oct 10, 2011 12:02 PM

    cutler must get rid of the ball… short drops, quick routes, no holding on to it… i dont see how we can play mike martz football today, not like we have been anyway. wonder why he’s still around… or lovie for that matter.

  58. klunge says: Oct 10, 2011 12:15 PM

    Jsalis13, your assessments seem pretty on to me. Each team has a strength that matches well against a particular weakness of the other team. I think it all rests on Forte, if the Lions figure out how to contain him there’s almost no chance the Bears win. But he’s so good right now he could burn them single-handedly if he keeps getting free. The crowd is going to be bananas tonight at Ford Field, lets not forget that factor also in disrupting the Bears offense.

  59. jmacphee9 says: Oct 10, 2011 1:07 PM

    gman41 says:
    Oct 10, 2011 9:21 AM
    I have a feeling they will double Suh all night. the rest of the line needs to step up and take advantage of single coverage.

    i hope to god suh is getting single coverage tonight. I’ve been praying to see what that man can do with single coverage for a whole game.

  60. louisvillebear says: Oct 10, 2011 1:43 PM

    @medtxpack

    They must not teach reading comprehension in Wisconsin.

    There is nothing wrong with the story if the article title ACTUALLY represented what the story was about. I have no problems with the content of the story.

    The article is about the Bears line focusing on not letting Suh even close to the QB. Makes sense, that is every teams objective when playing Detroit. Is this story worthy??? Ugghh, no. So how can we get viewers to click on the story…. Make it seem like the Bears OL claims there is no chance Suh will get close to Cutler.

    If you have a difference of opinion, please do respond. However, try to do better than “there is nothing wrong with this story”.

  61. comeonnowguys says: Oct 10, 2011 1:48 PM

    Cutler does hold onto the ball a while, that’s always been his game… but the OC’s got to go.

    1) QB isn’t allowed to audible at all? Seriously? In 2011?
    2) WR’s can’t create any separation
    3) DL and LB’s are meeting the QB at the end of the five- and seven-step drop.

    This offense works when you have HoF’ers at the skill positions and the line. Otherwise, it’s a disaster.

    So do you want your QB to rush a throw into the back of a WR who hasn’t made his break so that a DB actually facing the play can break on it? So many facets of the problem.

    And this isn’t even taking into account the failures at GM. Because I don’t have all week.

  62. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 10, 2011 2:08 PM

    They’re delusional. Suh (and if Fairley plays) and Fairley will get 5 sacks between them.

  63. comeonnowguys says: Oct 10, 2011 3:39 PM

    brianbowman16 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:39 AM

    asublimeday says:
    Oct 10, 2011 10:12 AM
    Better yet: let him commit another dumb personal foul penalty on cutler in the clutch.

    Suh the duh

    Oh my! That is so CUTE!!!!
    Somebody STILL doesn’t know how to pronounce his name after 2 years of people saying it at LEAST twice a week!

    and to the guy who said the Bears should just run the ball down our throats, ask Adrian Peterson how well that worked for an entire game (7o yards 1st half, 7 in the second half)

    Oh my! Someone refering to the Lions’ D in the first person. That is so cute!

    To be fair, you’re indicting Minnesota’s playcalling (that puzzling trend they have of going away from AP later in games) more than you’re pumping up the team for which you play defense.

    P.S. Suh the duh is pretty lame, agreed.

  64. jimmylions says: Oct 10, 2011 3:40 PM

    If I were the OC for the Bears – I’d make Forte the point of attack all night long. Even if the Lions got the lead, I’d pitching the ball to Forte, short dink passes to Forte, and running Forte up the middle.

    Bears have no shot of winning if Forte has less than 25 offensive touches.

    But … your OC is Mike Martz. And that’s why our D-Line is going to put Cutler in a body bag tonight.

  65. jsalis13 says: Oct 10, 2011 3:44 PM

    Fairley has yet to play a down and already he’s this amazing player?

  66. demlionsboy says: Oct 10, 2011 4:42 PM

    i think its gonna be a good game. go lions!

  67. staffordsyear says: Oct 10, 2011 7:31 PM

    Lions 5-0,bears 2-3.

  68. dmobey says: Oct 10, 2011 10:58 PM

    Cutler’s gut will keep anyone from getting too close to him.

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