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Cutler trying to do too much?
By Bob LeGere | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/29/2009 12:00 AM

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Quarterback Jay Cutler admits he has a tendency to try to do too much when he's trying to rally the offense from a big deficit, as in last week's blowout loss.

"You want to get big chunks of yardage, but you've got to somewhat stay a little bit balanced, if it's running out of (shot)guns or if it's catching them off guard at a certain point running the ball," Cutler said. "But your mind is 'Throw it, throw it, throw it.' I get in that mode as well.

"It's just a tough situation because defenses are going to start playing really conservative because they're not going to give up the big play, and they're going to make you eat up the clock, so it's a tough deal."

After throwing 3 interceptions last week, Cutler is 21st in the NFL in passer rating at 82.9, but his fourth-quarter passer rating of 113.7 is third in the NFC behind the Saints' Drew Brees (121.6) and the Packers' Aaron Rodgers (118.4).

The Broncos' Kyle Orton leads the NFL with a 142.1 fourth-quarter passer rating.

The Browns' Derek Anderson is last in the NFL with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 7.8. He's also last in the NFL in third-down passer rating at 10.3. Cutler is 12th at 88.1, while Orton is fourth at 104.5.

Unpleasant surprise: General manager Jerry Angelo didn't question the Bears' effort in the 45-10 loss to the Bengals, but he wasn't happy with the team's inability to adjust and adapt.

"What really surprised me was that we weren't able to make the needed adjustments in terms of slowing them down or stopping them," Angelo said on the team's Web site. "We let that go, really, throughout four quarters.

"We couldn't slow them down and make some stops or even force them to settle for a field goal instead of a touchdown to keep us in the game where we could have some hope. I didn't expect to see that."

So this is practice: Tommie Harris was a full participant in Wednesday's practice for the first time in nearly two weeks.

"By giving him off last week, of course he was able to get a little bit more work in this week," coach Lovie Smith said. "That's got to be good for us. Tommie is a good football player when he's ready to go."

Linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder), safety Danieal Manning (foot), defensive lineman Israel Idonije (knee) and running back Adrian Peterson (knee) were all limited at practice.

All of them are expected to play Sunday with the possible exception of Peterson, who may require an additional week off.

Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye (ankle) and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (calf) did not practice at all.