Mon bear practice and injury notes
Bears quotes: Cutler, Kreutz, Tillman, Hester
Quarterback Jay Cutler
On devices available to handle the blitz: "It is protection and it is hot routes. It's on everybody. It's on 11 guys. As I said earlier in the week, it takes 11 guys to make a play happen. A few times today, we had some breakdowns."
On his return to the lineup: "I felt fine physically. There was never any concern with that. I felt fine out there playing. We didn't get it done today. It's very simple. We have to go back and look at the film and see exactly what happened."
On if the offense handles third down differently: "No. We have a third-down package and we're not executing it."
On second-half timeouts: "With our motioning and shifting, we've got to have everyone on the right page. A few times, we weren't."
On any concerns on the number of hits he's taking: "Not at all."
On pass-protection issues: "We've got to figure it out. It's becoming a problem. It is on me, it's on the offensive line and it's on the receivers. We've got to go in tomorrow, look at the film and make some corrections somewhere along the line and figure it out. I've got to get the ball out quicker. We've got to identify who's coming and who's not and the receivers got to see it too."
On overthrown balls: "That's how it goes sometimes."
On if there were miscommunications with the receivers: "No, they were on point today."
On if the offense tried to establish the run: "I don't know. You get in a situation when you're down, you've got to catch up and get some big yards, big chunks. Sometimes that's just how it goes."
On how the various offensive line combinations play into pass protection: "Obviously there's going to be a learning curve with those guys. You would like to see an offensive line all the way through training camp and get to know each other in preseason. Then, you get into the season and learn from there. We haven't had that luxury, which is difficult on those guys, but they've got to do it. That's part of the NFL. There's going to be injuries, there's going to be guys that go down. You're going to have to have some depth with guys that can come in and step in. We've got to figure it out."
On Seattle's defensive adjustments after Bear's opening drive: "They started blitzing a little more, going single high. I'll have to look at it on film to see exactly what happened. Usually, if you go down and get a score right away, they're (the defense) going to do something. They're going to counter-react. Obviously, we didn't react well enough to what they did and what they changed."
On why the Bears didn't try running the ball more: "We were down most of the game."
On why the Bears had so many big plays: "It's kind of been the theme all year. We hit some big chunks. The third-and-twos, the third-and-six, the ones that are manageable, we struggle with those. You'd like to see a higher conversion rate on those."
On failing to pick up the hot read: "Maybe a few times. I know one they got us pretty good. They showed us back side, and they came front side. There's a lot of communication going on up there. We all have to get on the same page."
On what the offense needs to do to back off the blitzes: "We're going to have to, on a consistent basis, pick (the blitz) up, get rid of the ball and hit our hots and make them pay for it. We're getting big chunks, it's just not on a consistent basis. We get a big chunk, then we'll get a sack for 10 yards. We've got to consistently get better."
Center Olin Kreutz
On the play of the offensive line: "The breakdowns in communication and the communication is my job. It's my job to get everybody on the right guys and I didn't get it done today. So, I have to go back to work and try to get everybody just blocking the right guys and hopefully we'll get it corrected by next week."
On if the Seattle defense surprised the offensive line: "Not at all, we've seen everything they did on film. They just beat us with it."
Cornerback Charles Tillman
On the play of the defense: "We came out flat. We didn't play good."
On what he could have done personally to help the defense: "Just make plays, make plays. Just make the plays and knock the ball down."
On the play of the Seahawks: "They just played better than us. We just got our butts kicked. No excuses, we just got outplayed."
Receiver Devin Hester
On backing up the offensive line when challenged: "We just got to rally each other up. When one guy missed a block on a play like that, you've just got to keep his confidence up and we just got to step up. The team captains and the bigger leaders on this team (have) to motivate those guys to let them know that 'You made a mistake, let's get it together now; we're going to have more opportunities like this.' You've just got to be more vocal and let the guys know to keep fighting."