Jay Cutler threw 10 of his 35 passes toward Devin Aromashodu and only one to Devin Hester (for 17 yards) in Chicago’s 19-14 victory over Detroit. “If Devin would have got open, I would have thrown him the ball,” Cutler said. “I was open a couple of times,” Hester said, “but some of the plays are not designed for me.”
Jay Cutler threw 10 of his 35 passes toward Devin Aromashodu and only one to Devin Hester (for 17 yards) in Chicago’s 19-14 victory over Detroit.
“If Devin would have got open, I would have thrown him the ball,” Cutler said.
“I was open a couple of times,” Hester said, “but some of the plays are not designed for me.”
Hester, Cutler and offensive coordinator Mike Martz all said the receiving load will change each week depending on how defenses play.
“I’m not worried about having the ball thrown my way,” said Hester, who has been held to one catch in three of his last four games. “We have 15 more games. Every receiver is going to get his fair share of balls. It’s only a matter of time before I get mine.”
Martz said “every receiver that is worth a hoot at all” is always going to say he was open, but if you try too hard to get him the ball, it can interfere with winning the game. Indeed, the Bears are better when Hester catches only one pass (6-7) than they are when he catches six or more (0-5).
‘Blind dog’ answers critic
Former NFL great Warren Sapp, now an NFL Network analyst, called Tommie Harris “a blind dog in a meat house” in a radio interview on 670-AM. Sapp said Harris, who had zero tackles Sunday, lacked the “awareness” and discipline to push the pocket backward to help defensive end Julius Peppers get sacks. “There’s not gratification in setting the stage, but you have to set the stage,” Sapp said.
Harris said Sapp’s comments won’t spur him on, saying Sapp’s “job is just to blast football players, not to motivate. It doesn’t bother me at all.”
Major subs for Harris
The Bears pulled starting strong safety Chris Harris for three series Sunday to play rookie Major Wright. He expects that to continue.
“They drafted him in the third round, so he’s got to get out there,” Chris Harris said. “The best experience is playing experience.”
Forte wins NFC honor
Matt Forte became the first Bears running back in nine years (Anthony Thomas) to win NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He ran for 50 yards on 17 carries and caught seven passes for 151 yards to set an NFL record for running backs on opening day.
“It’s nice, but I’d rather have the whole team honored,” Forte said. “It’s not one person who wins the whole game.”
Forte got another surprise. He was listed as being limited in practice because of a sore knee. “I think someone is playing a joke on me,” Forte said, pointing to his sweaty face as proof he practiced.
Linebackers Lance Briggs (ankle) and Nick Roach (hamstring) did not practice, and Aromashodu (knee) was limited, but receiver Earl Bennett (hamstring) had full participation and safety Craig Steltz was off the injury list entirely for the first time since training camp. Dallas star pass rusher DeMarcus Ware (head) was held out of practice.
The Bears signed another Vanderbilt player, linebacker Marcus Buggs, to the practice squad and waived receiver Greg Mathews. Buggs was an undrafted free agent in 2008 who started two games at Buffalo. Coach Lovie Smith said Chicago would probably sign another linebacker by today.
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