Jay Cutler has a good idea of what he's going to face in Sunday's season-opener. Given the problems the offensive line had protecting him during the exhibition season, the Bears' quarterback said he fully expects Jim Schwartz's defense to be in attack mode Sunday at Soldier Field.
"I would think so, some stuff off the edges," Cutler said when asked if he expected Detroit to bring pressure. "We struggled containing the edges and they have some good pass rushers. I look for Olin [Kreutz] and Chris Williams and Frank [Omiyale] and Lance [Louis] to be fine up there."
The Lions defense has been bolstered with the acquisitions of free-agent defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and No. 2 overall draft pick Ndamukong Suh.
"His hype is well deserved," Kreutz said of Suh. "His talent is rare. Anybody who is No. 2 has earned it. We'll go out there and play against him and see what he's about."
Mike Martz's offense requires more five-and seven-step drops, which can expose a quarterback to more sacks. Still, Cutler said a quarterback can't prepare himself for punishment.
"That's why we have Mike Tice here," Cutler said, referring to the team's first-year offensive line coach. "Mike Martz is very sensitive to the issue of quarterbacks getting hit. We've talked about it many times. A lot of our stuff is timing. The ball is supposed to be out. If everyone is doing their job and Mike is calling good plays the ball should be gone."
Cutler is more mobile than many of the quarterbacks who have thrived in the offense. Although Martz may prefer his quarterback remain in the pocket, Cutler said he'll use his feet when necessary.
"I'm going to move," he said. "There are going to be instances in this game where I move around a little bit and see what happens. Once it breaks down I've got to go. I'm not just going to sit in there and take a sack."