Bears’ 60-second rant: O-line in for tough night

Posted Nov. 16, 2010 @ 7:53 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

The Bears' offensive line has done a better job of keeping Jay Cutler from getting smashed by pass rushers in the past couple games.

He's been sacked just once in each of the last two contests after being sacked 27 times in his first six starts. Cutler said Tuesday that he's more relaxed in the pocket these days.

"I'll be very calm if they keep protecting like this and give me time to move around and make some plays," Cutler said. "That's all the difference in the world."

Hopefully he enjoyed that feeling. Once the Bears take over on offense Thursday night, it's not going to last much longer.

The Dolphins are 11th in the league in sacks with 23, which is a little less than twice as many as Chicago's last two opponents, the Bills and Vikings, have combined. Miami leads the league in sacks on third downs (16), and OLB Cameron Wake, who has 8½ sacks, could target rookie ORT J'Marcus Webb, who struggled against Vikings DE Ray Edwards on Sunday, and dominate in that matchup. Wake is developing into a Pro Bowl talent and Webb, a seventh-round pick, is still trying to figure things out.

C Olin Kreutz said Tuesday that the Bears' O-line has learned from its mistakes and that it's executing better. It's hard to disagree with that assessment.

We're probably not going to see the kind of assault that left Cutler concussed after being sacked nine times in the first half against the Giants in Week Five, but the relative tranquility he's enjoyed in the pocket of late is going to be interrupted quickly Thursday night.