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Tipped passes don’t concern coach

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 6, 2013 – 5:12 pm

Jay Cutler had a handful of passes deflected at the line of scrimmage during 11-on-11 drills in Tuesday’s practice, but coach Marc Trestman wasn’t very concerned.

“The tipped balls, I don’t get too caught up in it right now because the pass rushers stop because they don’t want to get in the way and their hands go up or they jump up in the air for the ball,” Trestman said. “We try to discourage jumping up in the air for the ball so we can complete plays and let everybody go to the ball and finish. But we allow the guys to keep their hands up.

“The downside of that from an offensive side is when they stop their rush, which they normally don’t do, we lose the pass lane. Certainly we’re disappointed that we didn’t get the plays off. We hope it doesn’t carry over to the season. It usually doesn’t because those lanes are created.”

Defensive tackle Henry Melton deflected two passes that resulted in interceptions. He picked off one himself, while the other was hauled in by nickel back Isaiah Frey, ending a two-minute drill. Defensive end Shea McClellin also leaped high to intercept a Cutler pass at the line of scrimmage.

“Batted balls are a lot of things, but in practice we’re not going to try to, up front, knock the defensive linemen down when they bat a ball,” said offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer. “One of our rules is really don’t bat a ball in practice. Guys get excited and they can’t help but put their hands up and swat them. You live with it and you go on to the next play.”

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