Tennessee Titans safety Jordan Babineaux said Thursday that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler sometimes gets into trouble because he holds the ball too long, and if that happens Sunday, the Titans' goal of rattling Cutler may be within reach.
"He has a great deal of confidence when he drops back to throw the ball," Babineaux said on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000. "And the things that have gotten him in trouble sometimes is holding the ball and wanting to make the big throw. When he does do that, the defensive line knows if the first move doesn't work, sometimes the counter-move will get them home. And they have to continue to have that mindset.
"Defensively on the back end, we have to play tight coverage, so we get a chance to get our hands on some balls."
Babineaux didn't go as far as Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson, who said the Packers knew "the same-old Jay" would throw them the ball. But that 23-10 loss to the Packers on Sept. 13, which featured four Cutler interceptions, was the only loss for the Bears, who are riding a five-game win streak into Tennessee.
"The challenge for us is going to be stopping the run, without a doubt, and when we have a chance to get after the quarterback, we have to find a way to get him rattled," said Babineaux, who praised Cutler's competitiveness.
Pressure on Cutler, according to Babineaux, will be a key to stopping receiver Brandon Marshall, who has 50 catches for 475 yards and four touchdowns this season.
"We have to control the line of scrimmage," Babineaux said. "The quarterback has the ball, so if the quarterback is on the ground, he can't throw the ball. So that's one.
"The second thing is we're going to have to give them different mix-ups as far as the coverage is concerned. Mix in a little zone, a little bit of man, and if need be, we may have two guys on him. We've seen the film and seen how other teams have played him."
And Babineaux knows what the Bears have seen from film on the Titans.
"I think this team will try to come in and try to throw more screens than we've seen (them run) on film," he said. "Teams have had some success against us versus the screen, so we're certainly going to have a game plan for that and have to diffuse that early to get these guys to go back to their original game plan."