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Cutler to sit; Collins to start vs. Carolina

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Jay Cutler will not play against the Panthers on Sunday, the Bears have announced. Backup Todd Collins will get the start while Cutler sits after suffering a concussion against the Giants last week.

Cutler participated in practice on a limited basis Wednesday and met with both team doctors and an independent specialist after Wednesday's practice. According to a team spokesperson, the medical experts agreed that Cutler should not play this weekend.

They also said, according to the spokesperson, that Cutler should continue "exerting" himself while practicing on a limited basis as part of his recovery, that his recovery was progressing satisfactorily and that he would be re-evaluated next week.

Collins has not started since Week 14 of the 2007 season, when he started for the first time in a decade and led the Redskins to four straight wins, helping them earn a wild-card playoff berth.

He played in three games for the Redskins last season, completing 12 of 23 passes for 144 yards for a quarterback rating of 71.6.

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Well that's not great news.

This is why they hired Collins though. I personally think it's time to give Hanie a shot, but this is the right answer with the roster they have. A veteran like Todd Collins is not what you want unless he is the backup. If Hanie, in his third year, was the number 2 then they would be better off developing another young quarterback at 3.

We will see. Even without Cutler I look for them to play a lot better this week.

I'd just like to say that you have done a great job breaking this news. I believe you are the first to report this.

Ha Ha Ha Jay Cutler got benched. He faked that head injury. Cant trust Lovie to tell th truth cause he never says what the real injury is. He practice so he must be fine he got benched like Tommie Harris and Zach Bowman. Ha Ha Ha this is so funny.

Waite that was not fun. I wanted to see if it was fun to blog a Creighton special. What I do have to say is this:

Todd Collins please throw the ball.

Prediction: Collins blows and get us into a 21 point hole at the half. Lovie then benches him, Hanie comes in and brings us back for us to lose by 3. Wasting the 1st half with Father Time will be our downfall. Hanie gives us the best chance to win but they will go with Collins....lame!

Ha. So Collins gets to be the sacrificial lamb this week. People think the 0-4 Panthers are just going to lay down. Well, baloney. They're watching last week's game film. Expect to see more heavy pressure to state the blindingly obvious.

By the way, Creighton, if you're out there, it was obvious some time ago who the real "Crap-ton" was: Kevin Armstead. He blew his identity long ago when he polished off one of his Crap-ton posts with a "GO BEARS!!" It made no sense, but it blew his cover.

Way to go Jerry Angelo... your responsible for successfully placing our starting QB on the bench, although he hasn’t missed a start until now, by your incompetent personnel decisions!!!

Too many draft picks succeeding on other teams… too many draft picks not even in the NFL any more… and too many chances gone to the waste side to land difference makers. I’m sick of this guy… go away!!!

dumb, dumber & dumberer... Hanie is a better passer, more mobile, and stronger. Why isn't he starting? Oh, I get it. The O-line is so inept, especially in the 1st quarter, that it makes more sense to sacrifice Collins and use Hanie later when it's possible that the O-line will become more ept.

Todd Collins wasn't impressive last week, not all that falls on him however, the line play was horrible, that didn't help, and the lack of a running game hurt. Collins isn't mobile, so the o-line simply needs to step up their game this week.

The good, Carolina's defensive front isn't that impressive, their lead by Charles Johnson who has 2 sacks on the season, and nose tackle Derek Landri who leads the front in tackles with 17. No one really stands out on their front.

The bad, Carolina's back 7 is awesome. The Panthers linebacking crew is lead by James Anderson who has an impressive 45 tackles already here in week 4, to go along with 1 sack and 1 pick. The other outside backer Jon Beason has 35 tackles, Beason along with middle linebacker Dan Connor are also very active. This linebacking crew is gonna make it very difficult for Chicago to run on. Carolina's secondary is lead by strong safety Charles Godfrey who has 26 tackles to go along with 3 ints. Cornerback Chris Gamble doesn't have a pick on the year, but does have 4 pass break ups.

The ugly, I don't know if Chicago is gonna be able to run on such a great linebacking crew, that could mean another long day for Collins. I just think Chicago would have a better chance with a mobile QB like Cutler or Hanie, this would at least somewhat neutralize Carolina's very active linebacking core and open things up for the running game a little more than it would with a statue type like Collins. The only thing you can do as a fan is hope the line can step up and the Bears can get some kind of running game going, we'll see, it should be interesting now GO BEARS!!

Todd Collins wasn't impressive last week, not all that falls on him however, the line play was horrible, that didn't help, and the lack of a running game hurt. Collins isn't mobile, so the o-line simply needs to step up their game this week.

The good, Carolina's defensive front isn't that impressive, their lead by Charles Johnson who has 2 sacks on the season, and nose tackle Derek Landri who leads the front in tackles with 17. No one really stands out on their front.

The bad, Carolina's back 7 is awesome. The Panthers linebacking crew is lead by James Anderson who has an impressive 45 tackles already here in week 4, to go along with 1 sack and 1 pick. The other outside backer Jon Beason has 35 tackles, Beason along with middle linebacker Dan Connor are also very active. This linebacking crew is gonna make it very difficult for Chicago to run on. Carolina's secondary is lead by strong safety Charles Godfrey who has 26 tackles to go along with 3 ints. Cornerback Chris Gamble doesn't have a pick on the year, but does have 4 pass break ups.

The ugly, I don't know if Chicago is gonna be able to run on such a great linebacking crew, that could mean another long day for Collins. I just think Chicago would have a better chance with a mobile QB like Cutler or Hanie, this would at least somewhat neutralize Carolina's very active linebacking core and open things up for the running game a little more than it would with a statue type like Collins. The only thing you can do as a fan is hope the line can step up and the Bears can get some kind of running game going, we'll see, it should be interesting now GO BEARS!!

I'm going to say this and it's not to bash Cutler becuase I have been steadfastly behind him since he was traded here, constantly defend him and I have been watching him and appreciating him since his rookie year in Denver. I don't care that he is not playing this week.
Last week was bad, the line was horrible, BUT watching his demeanor from the start of that game was an embarrassment. He was walking around like a pissed off child . Did he have a right to be pissed off? Yes. But you are the leader of an offense in the NFL. Pick up your chin, fix your body language and get out there and play or get off the field. Just as Nick Saban says, no matter how tired or bad your feeling don't show it through your body language on the field it FEEDS the opponents.
I was hugely disappointed when watching the behavior. Even if he didn't have a concussion he should have been removed from the game, he needs to grow up and learn to be a leader in good times and bad.

If anyone has been wondering who gave up what sacks and how many where on Cutler. PFF has gone over the film and the best stats guys in buisness have the total.

Jay Cutler caused 2 of the sacks

Brandon Manumaleuna allowed 2 sacks and 1 pressure

Kevin Shaffer 1 sack 2 PR

Lance Louis 1 sack in 26 snaps

Olin Kreutz 1 Pr

Roberto Garza 1 Sack

Frank Omiyale 1 sack 2 Pr

Greg Olsen, the sack heard round the world 1 sack

J Webb 1 Hit 1 pressure in 20 snaps.

Now time to deal with the nuts.

Jim maybe this never occured to you, but I don't read the Crap-ton posts. Why are you so intrested in it? Does it have anything to do with you or the Bears?

In fact Jim why don't you zip your lip. Last I checked you called me an idiot and a moron for my opinion and concers on the Bears. Looks like my concers where all dead on. According to you the team was fine, cause it's only a 3 game season for you. You know what else you have been on this board for like a month and you seem to know all be me and posts directed at me. Which former blog clown are you? I don;t remember even talking to you until 2 weeks ago but you seem to know all my posts and posts directed at me. I am sure you new Crap-ton was Kevin. Sure you did. Don;t you also tend to post after every game this year how you new that was exactly what would happen? How is Cutler doing, he's hurt right? How did that happen again? How is the offense doing? But the Bears are a good team with no problems.

Nut number 2.

I See Brando Timmer has shown up, how is it going Packer fan nut job, way to post your email on line. Hahahahaha. Even better you have your first and most of your last name in your email, you must be a rocket scientist.

Anyway does it really matter who starts? If Collins plays bad you get Hanie. It's the Panthers, they have 3 good LB's on defense and a ok secondary with small D-Line that does not get a ton of pressure. On offense they a good O-Line and 2 good RB's. They have no QB and no recievers and no TE. You can stack the Box all day on this team, and the Bears should just come out and pound the ball the biggest guy on their line is 290, Brown is 250, run them over. Big deal. The Bears need to get their running game going and this is a pretty good team to punch it up the middle on.

They play the Colts version of the Tampa 2 without the two stud DE's.

Whoa Creighton! FYI: I'm not the Jim that called you an idiot. I don't post that much. Realize there's more than one Jim in the world, and I guess I should use my last initial from now on to separate myself from whoever you're talking about.

Jim S.

Honestly, I do think it matters who starts. Collins is old and he's not a Brett Favre 38, he's an old 38. I said it when Martz was clamouring for a "veteran" back up QB. If Hanie has been there from Day 1 of "Martz-a-palooza", and has been in all the OTA's and mini camps, shouldn't he have a better grasp of Martz's system than a guy who hadn't seen a Martz playbook in years? And another interesting point brought up by Collinsworth last week. It appears as though Collins doesn't have the arm to make many of the Martz system throws. And although his arm is not as strong as Cutlers {not many are}, Hanie does have a fairly strong arm. And lest we forget the ineptness of this offensive line, Hanie has much more mobility. For what ever reason, it seems as though Martz has never much cared for Hanie since he's been here.

With the injuries happening up in GB, and Favre playing like he's 51 and not 41..or maybe he is playing like a normal 41 year old..The Bears need to take as many games as they can. And Carolina is not a hostile environment. I was there 2 years ago and the fans are not over the top. Chicago might have a fair amount of fans down there. It was that way 2 years ago. I think it would be a fair environment for Hanie to get a start.

Creighton,
Great breakdown of the sacks. And I knew Olsen would get ripped for his sack. Not by you, but a few days ago after the loss. Olsen's blocking has been much better this year with regard to downfield blocking {Aromashodu's first catch against the Lions comes to mind right off the top} and also with regard to crashing down on a LB or safety. But once again, as i stated back in pre-season, I don't give a crap who the TE is, they're going to lose swinging out to pick up Umenyiora. That is a job where big 6'4" 320' guys get paid a lot of money to do. Shame on Martz to even put Olsen in that position. Like asking a 10 ton crane to lift a 20 ton block then wanting your money back when it fails.

Honestly, I do think it matters who starts. Collins is old and he's not a Brett Favre 38, he's an old 38. I said it when Martz was clamouring for a "veteran" back up QB. If Hanie has been there from Day 1 of "Martz-a-palooza", and has been in all the OTA's and mini camps, shouldn't he have a better grasp of Martz's system than a guy who hadn't seen a Martz playbook in years? And another interesting point brought up by Collinsworth last week. It appears as though Collins doesn't have the arm to make many of the Martz system throws. And although his arm is not as strong as Cutlers {not many are}, Hanie does have a fairly strong arm. And lest we forget the ineptness of this offensive line, Hanie has much more mobility. For what ever reason, it seems as though Martz has never much cared for Hanie since he's been here.

With the injuries happening up in GB, and Favre playing like he's 51 and not 41..or maybe he is playing like a normal 41 year old..The Bears need to take as many games as they can. And Carolina is not a hostile environment. I was there 2 years ago and the fans are not over the top. Chicago might have a fair amount of fans down there. It was that way 2 years ago. I think it would be a fair environment for Hanie to get a start.

Creighton,
Great breakdown of the sacks. And I knew Olsen would get ripped for his sack. Not by you, but a few days ago after the loss. Olsen's blocking has been much better this year with regard to downfield blocking {Aromashodu's first catch against the Lions comes to mind right off the top} and also with regard to crashing down on a LB or safety. But once again, as i stated back in pre-season, I don't give a crap who the TE is, they're going to lose swinging out to pick up Umenyiora. That is a job where big 6'4" 320' guys get paid a lot of money to do. Shame on Martz to even put Olsen in that position. Like asking a 10 ton crane to lift a 20 ton block then wanting your money back when it fails.

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