Since Jay Cutler was acquired from Denver and handed the keys to the franchise prior to the 2009 season, the quarterback hasn’t seen a ton of respect paid by the Green Bay secondary to Bears wide receivers.
With good reason – the Bears wide outs hadn’t earned it.
Cutler has watched Packers defensive backs not only play his receivers close to the line, but play them physically.
With power forwards/receivers Brandon Marshall and rookie Alshon Jeffery now to contend with, Cutler had a message for the Green Bay secondary, especially if they do want to make the game physical with bumps at the line.
“Good luck,” Cutler said Tuesday. “We’ve got some dudes who will get up in their face. Even our speed guys are going to get around them and our big guys are going to throw-and-go. We invite press coverage. We invite man. If we get in that type of game, our guys outside have to make some plays for us.”
Cutler was asked if having a lack of receiving threats has been hurting the Bears against the Pack in the past, and pulled no punches.
“It was one of them,” he responded. “I think protection was another one. Just general scheme was another reason. There’s a whole row of things we can go down of why we struggled against them. I think we’ve got a good idea. I think we’ve got a good scheme in a short amount of time and we’ve got some players who can make some plays. Hopefully it all adds up.”