Quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall began their careers together with the Denver Broncos. Under the tutelage Jeremy Bates, Cutler and Marshall quickly became one of the League’s most dangerous duos. However, this partnership was not allowed to flourish and realize its true potential.
After a season in which they just barely missed out on the playoffs, the Chicago Bears made significant changes to the offensive side of the ball and reunited Cutler, Marshall and Bates. The potential impact these three can have together has not been lost on Marshall. Speaking with the Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen, Marshall shared his thoughts on putting on his Bears jersey for the first time and what this trio brings to the table:
“That was the first time. And you know what? It’s so surreal that I’m here,” Marshall told the Sun-Times later in the day. “How do I start with the [Denver] Broncos and end up with the Bears a few years later?”
“That just doesn’t happen in sports,” he said. “You don’t have a Pro Bowl receiver and a Pro Bowl quarterback and one of the most talented minds in football in Jeremy Bates back together. It just doesn’t.
“Honestly, I can speak for myself, but I’m entering my prime. And from the outside looking in, Jay really is entering his. I felt like he was doing that last year.
“Then you look at Jeremy Bates and the way he’s installing some things with coach [Mike] Tice and his knowledge of the game now. We’re all just primed and ready.”
After witnessing an offense that could only be described as anemic for the past few seasons, the additions of Marshall and Bates have been met with high hopes and even higher expectations. Marshall has no doubt that he, Cutler and Bates will once again see success on Sundays (Mondays too, maybe even on a Saturday).