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Phil Emery isn’t sweating Brandon Marshall’s off-field history

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The Bears took a risk when they traded for wide receiver Brandon Marshall while the outcome of his alleged involvement in a nightclub fight was still up in the air.

It paid off for them when Marshall avoided any charges related to the incident, removing the chance that he’d be suspended for some portion of the 2012 season. Marshall’s history still has its rough patches, though, and he’s had moments of disruptive behavior with both the Broncos and the Dolphins. So there’s still some risk to the move that Bears General Manager Phil Emery made shortly after taking over the job.

Peter King spoke to Bears General Manager Phil Emery for his Monday Morning Quarterback column and found out why Emery took that risk. Emery spoke generally about finding players with the highest ceilings and then specifically about Marshall.

“People have the capacity to change,” Emery said. “He’s an intelligent guy, and he’s accepted his faults, and he’s working toward improving them. I thought about it a lot. Isn’t that what we’d want out of our children? They might stumble, but when they do, they seriously try to improve their lives. We felt if there was a place Brandon would fit, it was here.”

If that proves true, one of Emery’s first big moves with the Bears will be a big success.

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21 Responses to “Phil Emery isn’t sweating Brandon Marshall’s off-field history”
  1. str8up12 says: May 28, 2012 10:25 AM

    I don’t understand the fascination with this guy. He’s had one good season in the NFL.

  2. jutts says: May 28, 2012 10:43 AM

    Bear fans have been waiting for a guy like this for over ten years. Jerry Angelo just couldn’t do the job. For what ever reason, Phil Emery seems to get it.

  3. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 28, 2012 10:48 AM

    Well compared to the Lions.

  4. mialto says: May 28, 2012 11:01 AM

    Cutler will definitely keep Marshall straight…the retrun of a true #1 out weigh the risks. I expect both Cutler and Marshall to both have Pro Bowl caliber seasons back to back.

  5. raiderinva says: May 28, 2012 11:07 AM

    “Brandon Marshall is a risk to the Bears because of his off the field disruptive behavior?” Sam Hurd

  6. cadillacjosh says: May 28, 2012 11:11 AM

    @str8up12

    I’m not sure if you realize this but with a pretty bad QB last year he still nearly as much as the Bear WRs as a whole.

  7. crik911 says: May 28, 2012 11:12 AM

    str8up12:

    Yes he had one great season for the Denver Broncos, (ironically with Jay Cutler and QB Coach Jeremey Bates). However during his tenure in Denver he averaged 6.25 TDs and 81.75 Receptions. If you take out his rookie season those numbers just go up. I definately think its worth taking two 3rd rounders and taking the gamble.

    Now if Mr. Emery would be so kind as to shore up the offensive line and the back end of our secondary the Bears can be a real contender out of the NFC North.

  8. bjo109 says: May 28, 2012 11:13 AM

    Brandon Marshall had one good season?

    In 6 years, he has 1000+ yards in 5 of them. In 4 of those 5, he’s surpassed 1200 yards.

    What are you talking about?

  9. Bearfan54 says: May 28, 2012 11:19 AM

    I, like many Bear fans hope this acquisition plays out well, only time will tell. Brandon seems to be changing and it could be things are good for him because he’s new to the Bears and he is in a promising new role. When the going gets tough and things aren’t going his way will be the true test to his maturity. Hopefully he turns into the beast Chicago wants him to be.

  10. randomguy9999 says: May 28, 2012 11:39 AM

    Bears fans have been waiting for ten years for a guy that blows 5 games a season with drops, never admits fault, and has on average 4 police involvements a year?

    Good luck with that

  11. ronniemexico says: May 28, 2012 11:52 AM

    str8up12 says:
    May 28, 2012 10:25 AM
    I don’t understand the fascination with this guy. He’s had one good season in the NFL.
    _______________________________

    Really?! Over the past five seasons, Marshall has averaged 95 catches, nearly 1,200, and 6.5 TDs per year. And when Cutler was throwing to him in Denver, the numbers jumped to 102 catches, nearly 1,250 yards, and 7.5 TDs per season.

    The Bears all time record for catches in a season is 100. In their 90+ year history, only three times has a Bears receiver ever eclipsed 1,200 yards in a single season.

    Giving up a 3rd round pick for Marshall is hardly a risk.

  12. latenightroach says: May 28, 2012 11:54 AM

    “He’s an intelligent guy, and he’s accepted his faults, and he’s working toward improving them.”
    ———————-
    If he were intelligent he’d keep his mouth shut. Marshall has never accepted any fault for anything. In his mind it was the QB’s fault that he dropped 8 td passes in the end zone last year.

  13. fin1fan says: May 28, 2012 12:02 PM

    The great Pat Cooper once said “If you’re born a dog you can’t die a cat”.

  14. chilomane says: May 28, 2012 1:15 PM

    He’s not, but women everywhere are.

  15. CKL says: May 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    Marshall is not a dumb guy, and he had courage enough to seek help for his mental health issues.
    That makes it more, not less, irritating that he still acts the way he does. If he were some low IQ sap, you would “get” it more.

  16. LilTmac2003 says: May 28, 2012 1:38 PM

    I really think Brandon Marshall will be straight on his time with the Bears.

    This might be a horrible comparison, but bad boy Randy Moss was traded to the Pats and look how that turned out. Moss didn’t really have off-field issues but was troublesome in the locker room.

    That turned out well and he broke a bunch of records and almost won the Superbowl.

    Jay Cutler + Brandon Marshall is a great combo so I think the Bears will be set.

    Hopefully.

  17. larryboodry says: May 28, 2012 4:01 PM

    randomguy9999 says: May 28, 2012 11:39 AM

    Bears fans have been waiting for ten years for a guy that blows 5 games a season with drops, never admits fault, and has on average 4 police involvements a year?
    _________________________________

    Please back up your claims…Show me where he has blown 5 games a year (that’d be 25 in his career) and had 4 police involvements a year (that’d be 20 in his career.) And for what it’s worth trying to convince you haters, he HAS admitted his issue with BPD, sought treatment for it, and is trying to educate others about the condition. People CAN change, but it’s harder when there are constant reminders unfairly thrown in their faces by folks with nothing better to do than dwell on someone’s mistakes, rather than encourage and help them. Just sayin.’

  18. higgy5353 says: May 28, 2012 7:09 PM

    Hey str8up12 think before you type idiot

  19. lilmiddle78 says: May 30, 2012 12:21 AM

    *** str8up12 ***

    Everyone else has already done a fine job of letting you know that your post was far from accurate & overall stupid! So I’ll take it easy on you.. Just one other point of view, since I’m sure you’ve looked up the stats by now, you should realize that he has not “had only one good season”… He has never had a poor season!!! The drops he had with the dolphins are the ONLY thing he’s ever done that was short of spectacular on the football field! Since he came into the league he has been one of the top 3 WR in the entire NFL consistently and repeatedly!!

  20. lilmiddle78 says: May 30, 2012 12:34 AM

    *** latenightroach ***

    >>> If he were intelligent he’d keep his mouth shut. Marshall has never accepted any fault for anything. In his mind it was the QB’s fault that he dropped 8 td passes in the end zone last year. <<<
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    I don't get why all the haters keep on with this spit about how Marshall never takes responsibility for his wrong doings or for subpar performances?!?!?! If you go back & look up HIS WORDS following any of his domestic issues, poor performances or even his envolvment in the Denver shooting, he has always owned it, all of it!! Saying things like "more is expected of me & I expect better of myself" & "my team depends on me to make those plays & today I let them down. I can make those plays and in the weeks to come I will make those plays and help my team come out on top"!!

    Is that what you mean when you say "Marshall has never accepted any fault for anything"?!?!?! WTF he dropped a few balls!! It's not the norm for him to come up short in those situations and his blunders with the Dolphins were the exception, not the rule!!

  21. larryboodry says: May 30, 2012 8:06 AM

    Great post, lilmiddle78!

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