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The Bears have struggled mightily to protect their quarterback, Jay Cutler. Their offensive line is simply lacking in talent and leadership after the departure of longtime center Olin Kreutz. Cutler has been sacked 14 times through three games, good for first in the NFL.
The question then becomes, 'How will the Panthers go about pressuring Cutler?' The easy answer would be to blitz the living hell out of him, but that may not be necessary. The Falcons and Packers were successful at getting pressure on Cutler without blitzing very often.
That's not to say defensive coordinator won't utilize a variety of blitzes though. It simply means that the Panthers don't need to leave their secondary vulnerable with six and seven man blitzes like the Saints did in Week 2.
The Panthers have two great rushing ends in Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy. Hardy has loads of potential and is beginning to scratch the surface of what this staff expects from him, and Johnson is living up to his huge contract signed in the offseason.
Rookie defensive tackle Terrell McClain is an effective pass-rusher as well. He can get caught out of position at times, but he is a strong kid who can cause some disruption when his instincts put him in the right spot.
Look for Charles Godfrey to get some safety blitzes. The Bears struggled to handle the Saints' Roman Harper in Week 2 on blitzes from the strong safety position and they may not have learned their lesson yet. Godfrey is a hard hitter who could end Cutler's day if he gets the clear lanes that Harper got.