Bears' Cutler more than happy with O-line

Updated 9/23/2013 12:17 AM

PITTSBURGH -- Jay Cutler had only been sacked once heading into Week 3, and according to the Bears' quarterback, the total should have been zero.

"That one sack is on me," Cutler said of the Week 2 sack that led to a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown. "They should have a clean record.


"I help them as much as I can, and I think the coaching staff does a good job of designing our pass plays to get rid of the ball pretty quickly."

But even on slower developing plays, the rebuilt offensive line has protected well.

"There are definitely times whenever we ask them, 'Hey, we've got to take a seven-step drop here. It's going to take a couple more clicks,'" Cutler said. "Whenever we ask them for more time, they've been giving it to us.

"The other times we try and take care of them with our route concepts and just getting rid of the ball."

Cutler was sacked once in the first half when Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel beat left guard Matt Slauson for a 2-yard loss. He also was sacked by LaMarr Woodley in the second half.

Pitch and catch:

Tight end Martellus Bennett needed some extra work after practice last week, so coach Marc Trestman, a former college quarterback at Minnesota and Moorhead State, stepped up.

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"Early on we didn't have a JUGS machine, and I said, 'I'll be your JUGS machine after practice and make sure you get the 20 to 30 balls you need to finish your day,'" Trestman said. "I've done that with other guys, and I enjoy doing that. When you get to go outside and play catch with a football, who doesn't want to do that? I've always liked to do that. If it helps them get better, and if it completes his workday, that's a good thing."

Sack man:

Middle linebacker D.J. Williams became the Bears' leading sacker when he got to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice in the first half for 18 yards in losses.

The Bears had just 2 sacks in the first two games, 1 by Corey Wootton and 1 that was split between Stephen Paea and Shea McClellin.

Sitting it out:

For the second straight week, the inactives were wide receiver Marquess Wilson, cornerback C.J. Wilson, running back Michael Ford, offensive linemen James Brown and Jonathan Scott, defensive end David Bass and defensive tackle Zach Minter.


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