It may not be a bright shining example of ingenuity, but the Jaguars need to get to Jay Cutler if they want to stop the Bears on Sunday. It isn’t a matter of needing to get sacks (that probably won’t happen anyway), but the team needs to put the pressure on. So far the Jags’ defense has failed to generate pressure with its front four – no defensive end has a sack – so it may be time to dial up some blitzes. The Bears have some weaker spots on their offensive line, but they have done a pretty decent job (though not great, 13 sacks) of stopping the pass rush thus far.
If the Jags can’t get to Cutler, this could be a very long day for the defense. The team has not shown that it can effectively limit a passer, it has not shown that it can effectively limit a runner, and it has not shown that it can limit the amount of points the opposition can put up. If the Jags can’t disrupt Cutler, then that trend will likely continue.
Mel Tucker’s schemes versus his own personnel may be the matchup to watch in this one. Let’s see if he can get his guys to go after Cutler.
- Luke N. Sims