Rams come away with little respect for Bears’ passing game
BY NEIL HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org September 23, 2012 11:04PM
Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins had this to say about Jay Cutler: “He’s a great quarterback, but he always makes mistakes.” | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: October 25, 2012 6:18AM
Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins confirmed the obvious, which was another blow to those who assumed the addition of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery would make opponents dread playing against Jay Cutler and the Bears offense.
Instead, they relish it.
“Absolutely,” Finnegan said after the Bears 23-6 victory over the Rams at Soldier Field on Sunday. “He has a gunslinger mentality. He’s willing to throw into any window. He thinks he can make any throw. He has shown he can and will but you lick your chops because you know he’ll give you a chance.”
The Rams got their chances, all right. Jeff Fisher’s defense played well enough to win against Cutler and an attack hoping to make a statement after last week’s humiliating performance in Green Bay. The unit held Cutler to a 58.9 passer rating on 17-of-31 passing for 183 yards and an interception.
They would’ve had another if Jenkins had held on to a pass Cutler threw into his hands in the first quarter.
“He’s a great quarterback, but he always makes mistakes,” Jenkins said. “Watching film it showed some good and some bad. Coming in, of course you’d be happy and be excited. I had an opportunity to make a play and I didn’t make it.”
A Cutler pass glanced off Marshall’s hands was intercepted by Finnegan in the first quarter. The Bears were at the Rams’ 30 at the time. Finnegan returned the interception 33 yards before appearing to fumble. Devin Hester recovered and ran 31 yards the other way on a play it took the replacements officials several minutes to sort out.
It was ruled that Finnegan was down on the play. Still, it was Cutler’s sixth interception in three games.
“Not much,” Finnegan said when asked what he thought of Cutler’s performance. “He had 90 yards passing or something like that [actually 183] and no touchdowns. Typical him.”
Much has been made about the addition of the 6-4 Marshall and the 6-3 Jeffery would create matchup problems but it hasn’t been evident the last two weeks. Marshall finished with five catches for 71 yards but dropped several balls. Jeffery caught five passes for 45 yards.
The Bears longest pass of the day — a 34-yarder to Marshall — came with four minutes to play and the Rams expecting the Bears to run out the clock.
“Not at all,” Jenkins said when asked if he was concerned about matching up with Marshall and Jeffery. “You’ve got to have quickness. You have to prevent the deep ball but if you’re quicker than them that’s all that matters. I don’t think they had a passing touchdown.”