Jay Cutler sacked twice, Chris Conte leaves with concussion in blowout loss
BY ADAM L. Jahns Staff Reporter August 22, 2014 11:53PM
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 22: Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears has this pass batted away by defensive back Byron Maxwell #41 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 22, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 501565953
Updated: September 24, 2014 6:16AM
SEATTLE — Before the Bears even left for Seattle, coach Marc Trestman and quarterback Jay Cutler did their best to dissuade any measuring-stick contentions about their exhibition against the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Friday.
And it was the same message they tried conveying after getting blown out 34-6 – highlighted by the Seahawks’ 31-0 rampage in the first half when the starters played – at CenturyLink Field.
“We got to look at this game as it was,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We went on the road. We didn’t start fast. We allowed the home team to take this game downhill at us and we couldn’t respond offensively by finishing drives.”
After two strong exhibitions, quarterback Jay Cutler had a relatively unproductive performance in a game that still didn’t feature much game-planning by the Bears, but should also cap his preseason. Cutler completed 12 of 20 passes for 157 yards, threw an interception and was sacked twice.
“Anytime you go out there early on and it doesn’t go the way you want it, you’re going to be a little surprised,” Cutler said. “But at the end of the day, we’re not going to lose our confidence offensively.”
Cutler’s best pass was a 22-yard, back-shoulder throw to tight end Martellus Bennett to the 1-yard line. After Brandon Marshall’s pass interference wiped off a touchdown, Cutler was intercepted by cornerback Jeremy Lane. Cutler nearly had a 47-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery in the first quarter, but the play was broken up by cornerback Byron Maxwell.
The Bears’ protection also broke down for Cutler, who wasn’t sacked in the first two preseason games. In the second quarter, defensive end O’Brien Schofield sidestepped tight Matthew Mulligan for an 11-yard sack and defensive end Cassius Marsh raced around right tackle Michael Ola for a four-yard sack
Conte blasts off
Safety Chris Conte made two strong tackles in his first game back from right shoulder surgery, but left in the third quarter with a concussion.
Conte replaced Danny McCray in the second quarter, during the Bears’ third defensive series. He had a strong hit on tight end Luke Wilson, breaking up a touchdown reception in the end zone.
Conte later flipped tight end Cooper Helfet on an 8-yard reception. Wilson returned after being evaluated for a possible concussion and Helfet suffered a shoulder injury.
In the third quarter, Conte failed to tackle running back Christine Michael on a screen play and was shaken up on the play.
Defensive end Jared Allen, nursing a shoulder bruise, did not play. Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller and right tackle Jordan Mills also remained out.
Fuller suffered an ankle injury on the opening kickoff against the Jaguars last week and did not practice. Mills returned to practice Tuesday after missing two weeks with a sore foot.
Cornerback Isaiah Frey (hamstring), wide receiver Marquess Wilson (broken collarbone), offensive linemen Eben Britton (hamstring) and Brian de la Puente (knee) also sat out. Safety Ryan Mundy suffered a head laceration. Fullback Tony Fiammetta left with a hamstring injury.
Running back Senorise Perry and receivers Micheal Spurlock and Darius Reynaud split kick-return duties. Reynaud returned the first punt, which came in the fourth quarter, and was hit hard by receiver Ricardo Lockette.
Chris Williams was a late scratch. Trestman said his hamstring, which he originally hurt in the preseason opener, tightened up during warm-ups.