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Urlacher confident in Bears offense

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 17, 2012 – 10:15 am

Brian Urlacher didn’t expect the Bears offense to struggle like it did Thursday night in Green Bay, but the middle linebacker remains confident in the unit after its lackluster performance.

Jay Cutler threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times while the Bears mustered just 168 total yards and 11 first downs in a 23-10 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field.

“It was surprising to me,” Urlacher said Sunday night during his weekly appearance on FOX Chicago’s “The Final Word.” “To see the way we played the week before [in beating the Colts 41-21], we were all excited and we’re still excited about our offense. We’re going to be good.

“But they got pressure on Jay. They got some takeaways and we kind of got behind there early. We had to throw the football quite a bit. We ran it OK when we tried to. But they’re a good defense. They got a lot of takeaways early and it kind of put us behind there at the beginning of the game.”

After passing for 333 yards and two touchdowns four days earlier in the rout of Indianapolis, Cutler threw for just 126 yards versus the Packers. But Urlacher stands by his teammate.

“There’s no doubt that we can win with Jay at quarterback,” Urlacher said. “He hasn’t lost all of his ability in one week. He had a rough game. He got sacked a lot. He had a lot of pressure in his face.

Cutler has been widely criticized outside Halas Hall for yelling at and bumping J’Marcus Webb on the sideline after the left tackle allowed a sack to Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews.

“I’ve heard about it. I haven’t seen it yet,” Urlacher said. “I’ll say this: When the games are in that situation and you’re mad out there and things are going on, we do things we regret. I know I’ve done some things. I’ve said some things to my coaches I regret.

“I’m sure Jay regrets doing whatever he did. I haven’t seen it; I heard about it. We all do things in that situation we’re not happy or very proud about. Whatever he did I’m sure he wasn’t doing it to be malicious or anything like that and he probably regrets it. But sometimes you do things you don’t mean to do.”

Urlacher said that he doesn’t feel the need to talk to Cutler about the situation.

“Jay’s one of the leaders of our team as well if not the leader of our team,” Urlacher said. “He knows what he should and what he shouldn’t do. If he did something wrong, I’m sure he’s already addressed that situation with J’Marcus or whoever he needed to address it with and we’ll move past it. We’ll put it behind us.

“The only people who don’t let it go are the media. As players we move on past it because we have to. We have to get onto the next week. So whatever happened happened. We’ll put it behind us and move on.”


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