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Jay Cutler says Brandon Marshall has changed, in a good way

Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall AP

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall had a good rapport when they were teammates for the Broncos, and they expect to pick things up where they left off now that they’re teammates for the Bears. But Cutler says he expects Marshall to be a better team now than he was before.

“He’s a guy that I’ve missed,” Cutler said. “It’s good having him back. He’s a little bit different guy than he was in Denver, and in a good way. He’s a really good influence for these younger guys.”

There was a time when calling Marshall a good influence on younger guys would have sounded crazy, but if Marshall has matured as much as Cutler seems to think, he’ll be the undisputed leader of what Cutler believes is going to be a great group of receivers.

Devin Hester I think is probably having the best camp of all the receivers,” Cutler said. “He’s getting more and more comfortable with me and I think this offense suits his abilities a lot better. We’ve got a lot of weapons. I think management is going to have a tough job figuring out what four, five or six guys we want to keep.”

What no one has to figure out is that Marshall is the No. 1 receiver. He was Cutler’s No. 1 receiver for three years in Denver, and Cutler thinks he’s even better now.

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24 Responses to “Jay Cutler says Brandon Marshall has changed, in a good way”
  1. binkystevens says: May 23, 2012 6:23 PM

    Man these two have got to stop this circle jerk with each other.

  2. irishnativeson says: May 23, 2012 6:29 PM

    Who’s a potentially more dangerous combination in this league right now?

  3. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 23, 2012 6:35 PM

    If Marshall can start to catch the ball more consistently he may have a huge year.

  4. miamiron says: May 23, 2012 6:52 PM

    irishnativeson says:
    Who’s a potentially more dangerous combination in this league right now?
    *************************************************
    Brady and Gronkowski/Welker
    Stafford and Johnson
    Manning and Cruz/Nicks
    Anyone and Fitzgerld
    Brees and Graham/Colston
    Rogers and Nelson
    Flynn and White
    Roethlisberger and Wallace
    Newton and Smith
    Rivers and Jackson

  5. tecmobowl34 says: May 23, 2012 6:53 PM

    What? Only one stereotypical Bears hater so far on this thread? I’m stunned

  6. phinfan says: May 23, 2012 7:05 PM

    Yes he changed! He now drops catchable balls and game winning tds

  7. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: May 23, 2012 7:08 PM

    It’s only a matter of time until he does something stupid and gets arrested and/or suspended. Or shot, or stabbed by his wife (again), or “slips on a McDonald’s bag” and puts his fist through a window, or says that his QB and his Offensive Coordinator aren’t good enough, or…

    Marshall’s dangerous, alright, but not just on the football field.

  8. ndgarretjax says: May 23, 2012 7:19 PM

    @irishnativeson –

    Flynn and White? I not a Seahawks fan but who’s last name is “White” on the Seahawks as a receiver?

    and Vincent Jackson is on the Bucs now.

  9. randomguy9999 says: May 23, 2012 7:20 PM

    Cutler’s putting the best possible face on it, which is admirable… but he’s in a spot….

    Marshall doesn’t seem to be doing anything new… demanding apologies, denying he was the problem anywhere, inferring he is as good as Rice, cops got involved with him 4 times in the past year, blah blah blah.

    Until he takes responsibility for his actions, stops getting involved in felonies, and starts catching the ball instead of dropping it in the end zone…. he will continue his crash dive…. and unfortunately Cutler and the Bears will have to deal with it.

  10. getsome99 says: May 23, 2012 7:28 PM

    Jackson as in Vincent Jackson? I believe he will be catching balls from Josh Freeman this year.

  11. blacknole08 says: May 23, 2012 7:56 PM

    irishnativeson says:
    Who’s a potentially more dangerous combination in this league right now?
    ———————————————-

    Stafford and Johnson
    Brady and Gronkowski/Welker
    Brees and Graham
    Newton and Smith
    Ryan and White
    Rogers and Jennings/Nelson
    Schaub and Johnson
    Roethlisberger and Wallace
    Dalton and A.J. Green (watch)

    Not in any particular order

  12. LilTmac2003 says: May 23, 2012 7:57 PM

    You can be a Bears hater all you want, but no one can be really that naive to not think that Cutler & Marshall are a horrible duo.

    They rocked it in Denver and hopefully they can relive some of that magic in Chicago.

    Add in Forte, Bush, Hester, Bennet, and Jeffery to the mix and they are quite solid.

    Plus about their o-line, towards the end of last season they stepped up their game…and that’s counting the two following things:

    1- They had to protect Caleb Hanie.

    2- They are getting back the two best o-line on the Bears who were out for season last year…Gabe Carimi and Chris Williams.

  13. kilowog77 says: May 23, 2012 8:54 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    May 23, 2012 7:56 PM
    irishnativeson says:
    Who’s a potentially more dangerous combination in this league right now?
    ———————————————-

    Stafford and Johnson
    Brady and Gronkowski/Welker
    Brees and Graham
    Newton and Smith
    Ryan and White
    Rogers and Jennings/Nelson
    Schaub and Johnson
    Roethlisberger and Wallace
    Dalton and A.J. Green (watch)

    Not in any particular order

    ————————————————–I would agree with all those accept newton and smith, they were good but not consistent last year. Dalton aj green, they were great together but there is a full season of tape on them now and i dont believe they will be able to continue at that level. However cutler and marshal and bennet and hester and jeffery and forte and bush and rodriguez and davis will out pace all those offenses with the exception of green bay and new england and maybe the saints.

  14. beefbus says: May 23, 2012 9:09 PM

    Cutler and Marshall will certainly join that group, especially since all three defenses in the north are horrible versus the pass. Check out Marshall’s numbers in the two seasons with Cutty. 102 and 104 catches with 13 TDs. He may not have those gaudy reception numbers, but I fully expect him to have 10 TDs this year.

  15. 69finfan says: May 23, 2012 10:23 PM

    Hey what about Moore and Bess/Hartline? Haters.

  16. larryboodry says: May 23, 2012 10:31 PM

    @ kilowog77:

    I like your breakdown of the various QB/receiver combos, and final offensive rankings…And I will bet that Cutler-to-Marshall will result in far more TDs than drops this season…And drops happen to everyone…Even Forte dropped a couple potential TDs last year, I didn’t see people so eager to throw him under the bus.

  17. higgy5353 says: May 23, 2012 11:07 PM

    Rivers and Jackson / Flynn and White???? Lol you Bear haters are funny

  18. Bearfan54 says: May 24, 2012 12:11 AM

    Man – I cant wait for the season to start! I havent been this excited in along time. Now we just need to get Forte signed and then I’ll really be stoked. Go Bears!!

  19. green18blue52 says: May 24, 2012 12:38 AM

    Yeah he looks a lot different, he has some gnarly stab wound scars. In a good way though, chicks dig scars.

  20. lilmiddle78 says: May 24, 2012 3:13 AM

    Every single one of you haters who think that B. Marshall sucks all the sudden because he dropped a few balls that could have been Touchdowns, you’re all missing the big picture!! Check out that drops list and tell me what you see!?!? Every name near the top belongs to an elite level NFL receiver who is called upon over & over again in the red zone!! It goes with the territory, you’re gonna have some drops when they’re throwing you way every chance they get! In Marshall’s case with the Dolphins, everyone in the stadium knew the ball was going to Brandon and that means the defense knew it too!! Wether he had single, double or triple coverage. Some of his drops were just flat out stone hands drops but the upside makes those drops look like nothing but a blip on the radar!! He has been a DOMINANT WR for the last 5 years and has never had issues with drops nearly as bad as last season! So it seems obvious to me that his high number of drops as a Dolphin were the exception and not the rule…

  21. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: May 24, 2012 9:30 AM

    Brandon Marshall is a very good receiver. So why has he been traded twice for increasingly mediocre compensation (two 2nds the first time, two 3rds the second time)? It’s because he is a bad teammate and a worse person. Good luck, Chicago.

  22. all32 says: May 24, 2012 4:47 PM

    It’s great to hear Jay’s happy with his bi-polar bear….

  23. larryboodry says: May 24, 2012 5:35 PM

    all32, Marshall is not bi-polar, but your comment made me laugh…Good one!

  24. any23time says: May 24, 2012 6:01 PM

    miamiron says:
    May 23, 2012 6:52 PM
    irishnativeson says:
    Who’s a potentially more dangerous combination in this league right now?
    *************************************************
    Brady and Gronkowski/Welker
    Stafford and Johnson
    Manning and Cruz/Nicks
    Anyone and Fitzgerld
    Brees and Graham/Colston
    Rogers and Nelson
    Flynn and White
    Roethlisberger and Wallace
    Newton and Smith
    Rivers and Jackson

    Alright just wow.

    You do know that Rivers and Jackson are not on the same team anymore right? Jacksons in Tampa Bay. Rodgers is his name by the way and his top guy is Jennings btw. Flynn and White? That doesnt even exist. If anything it would be Flynn and Rice. If your really naming people how do you forget Ryan to Jones or White. Or how about even Schaub to Johnson maybe the best WR in football. Cutler to Marshall is a great combo and thats not including Ashlon Johnny or Devin. Think that about does it.

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