Up until this season, the Green Bay Packers could always count on their defensive backs winning the physical battle against Chicago Bears wide receivers. With the acquisition of the 6’4”, 235lbs Brandon Marshall and 6’3”, 220lbs rookie Alshon Jeffery, Bears QB Jay Cutler is looking forward to the Packers relying heavily on bump and run coverage. Continue reading
One of the ongoing storylines of this year’s version of Hard Knocks and the preseason is the lack of a pass catching threat within the Miami Dolphins receiving corps. Chad Johnson was brought in to help shore up the position, but he’s no longer with the club. The Dolphins opened the 2012 offseason by trading Pro Bowl wide out Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for two third round draft picks. Marshall was moved due to his checkered legal history and the team saw moving him as a way to give new head coach a fresh start free of any drama. Marshall averaged 84 receptions, 1,114 yards and 5 touchdowns during his two years in Miami. Obviously, his skills could be of some use to the Dolphins. But Philbin has his eyes toward the future and doesn’t look back on the deal with regrets. Continue reading
Many fans and folks around the league questioned Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher’s insistence that he’d be ready to take the field in Week 1, roughly four weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. If a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is to be believed, the Bears’ front office share those doubts as well. Continue reading
Take the time to watch any of Bears rookie wide out Alshon Jeffery’s highlight packages on YouTube and the first thing you’re likely to notice is an almost NFL-veteran-like ability to use his 6’3”, 220+lbs frame to open up space and secure catches. Although he came into Spring’s mini-camps with some rough areas in his game, Brandon Marshall has taken notice of the vast improvements Jeffery has made over the last few months.
[Chicago] is where wide receivers go to die. – Mushin Muhammad, 2008
For years, nay, DECADES, Bears fans have been forced to sit back and watch some of the most putrid output at the team’s wide receiver position. Marcus Robinson and Marty Booker gave us a couple seasons of brilliance, before immediately crashing back down to earth. Bernard Berrian and Mark Bradley were drafted with the expectation that they would eventually grow into highly productive players. Both ended up flaming out prematurely. Muhsin Muhammad and more recently, Roy Williams, were signed as veterans who would turn the beleaguered unit into a more credible offensive threat. To call their respective times in Bears’ uniforms a disappointment would be disrespectful to the word disappointment.
However, in one offseason, new Bears GM Phil Emery may have completely turned around the fortunes of this long neglected position. Continue reading
Check the archives. Search the history. I’ve made it no secret that I’m expecting huge things from the Chicago Bears this season. Lovie Smith is equipped with the most talented roster ever assembled under his watch. Brandon Marshall reuniting with for Denver pals Jay Cutler and Jeremy Bates is a big part of this season playing out successfully. That fact was not lost on Marshall.
While running backs are measured by how many “touches” (rushing attempts + receptions) they earn, wide receivers are similarly judged by the amount of targets they garner. Here’s a look back at the point totals and targets from the Top 10 wide outs from 2011 … Continue reading