Cutler believes fast tempo disrupted Bengals

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  1. short faced bear

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    Bears QB says pace created frustration that aided offense's success in rallying for victory

    By Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune reporter

    7:36 p.m. CDT, September 13, 2013

    The Bears left their Week 1 victory with many reasons to feel encouraged about their offense's early evolution.

    • An overhauled yet strengthened line didn't allow a sack. (Perhaps you have heard.)

    • Quarterback Jay Cutler engineered second-half touchdown drives of 81 and 80 yards, marches that punctuated the 24-21 comeback triumph over the Bengals.

    • And as a unit, the offense delivered 226 yards after halftime, evidence that coach Marc Trestman's requests for efficiency can be met.

    Yet lost in the analysis of that production was the confusion the Bears' offense seemed to create for Bengals. Playing up-tempo, mixing personnel groupings and giving Cutler authority to call plays at the line of scrimmage, the Bears settled into a better rhythm as the game progressed and also addled the Bengals.

    Cincinnati's defense burned all three of the team's second-half timeouts. Two came when the Bengals had 12 men on the field. Another was needed when only 10 defenders were set up for the Bears' fourth-and-inches play in the fourth quarter.

    That chaos, Cutler believes, wasn't a coincidence. It was attributable to the tempo the Bears had established.

    "Definitely," Cutler said. "I think early on we showed them a lot of looks and ran the ball a lot, forcing the tempo. We weren't as efficient as we wanted to be in doing so, but we made them think a little bit. I think we made them kind of relax what they were doing and play some softer coverages. Speeding up their tempo hurt them in the second half. They were a little bit tired and got misaligned a few times."

    After using their final timeout with 8 minutes, 6 seconds left, the Bengals grew increasingly helpless, unable to stop the clock as the Bears closed with an 11-play sleeper hold that drained the final 6:38.,0,156236.story
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  2. Chicagoan

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    I watched that game 3 times this past week and Cincinnati's defense looked inept and GASSED by the end.
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