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Brandon Marshall “in love” with Bears offense

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The Bears weren’t shy about explaining that Lovie Smith’s failure to develop a productive offense was the primary reason why he was fired after the end of the 2012 season.

It will be a few months before we get to see what Marc Trestman has put together to replace what we saw in 2012, but Bears players are starting to get a sense of what the offense is going to look like. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he spent some time with tight end Martellus Bennett looking at the team’s playbook and simulating formations with pieces from board games, a process that left Marshall with a positive first impression.

“Oh, my gosh, I’m in love with it,” Marshall said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “‘Martellus and I sat down and went through the formational stuff and started challenging each other. It was exciting to go through, and it’s pretty cool to have a partner.”

Marshall didn’t share too many specifics, sticking with calling it “stimulating” to learn about the offense and “exciting” to see how it gets everyone involved. That might mean less work for Marshall, who set franchise records for catches and receiving yards, but that may wind up being a good thing for the health of the Bears offense overall.

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  1. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 10, 2013 9:55 AM

    Of course he is. Nobody is playing defense right now. It’s a lot easier when Cutler can ONLY throw to someone in a bears uniform. When other teams are on the field, he can’t figure out who is who.

  2. edjy71 says: Apr 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    Why is it that when a receiver from Chicago puts up numbers like Marshall, it’s an indictment on their lack of dimension yet when Calvin Johnson does the SAME THING over in Detroit, he’s celebrated as a dominant player.

    Typical media second-city bias.

  3. ruffridin says: Apr 10, 2013 10:12 AM

    Trestman will create a buzz with his offense, no doubt about it. NFL owners will be looking north again at a guy named Kent Austin very soon.

  4. FinFan68 says: Apr 10, 2013 10:12 AM

    He’s excited because he read the play book and simulated formations with checkers?

  5. njdet says: Apr 10, 2013 10:14 AM

    Because the Bears stink on offense

  6. allmad777 says: Apr 10, 2013 10:19 AM

    I have failed alot of people. I have let alot of people down.I see most of the picture today i get it. I hold myself responsible. I was working out of fear instead of faith. I know whit out a shodow of a doubt this will make me a stronger person. save me yes you saved me. mercy i am giving. thank u

  7. cardiovascularendurance says: Apr 10, 2013 10:29 AM

    edjy71- Detroit went 4-12 last year and plenty of folks commented that their one-dimensional offense was a huge part of that. Don’t let your feelings be hurt so easily.

  8. trojanmaaaan says: Apr 10, 2013 10:37 AM

    Oh gosh….hopefully he doesn’t love it so much that he it stabs him in the stomach in self defense!!

  9. loveorhatethejets says: Apr 10, 2013 10:39 AM

    Marshall is a monster if he a had a better qb he’d prob have a nice over 1k yards seaon wiht a nice amount of t’d’s,
    also johnson is a beast he can catch alomst anything and he makes plays and gets yards after the catch if not a t’d thats why he is prasied.
    im against no one just saying my opinion both of them are beast but cj is better in my eyes

  10. thompsonway says: Apr 10, 2013 10:41 AM

    Players on Trestman’s last team said the same thing about his offense. Everyone get involved, and everything is thought out.

  11. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    In order for this offense to look any different they need to draft some good O-linemen. If Cutler has time he might actually make it to his 2nd read. It. helps that Marshall is a really good receiver with great hands cuz without him they wouldn’t have won 5 games last year.

  12. steelerben says: Apr 10, 2013 10:50 AM

    All of the formations and offensive innovation in the world doesn’t mean anything if there isn’t an offensive line. The Bears better figure out how to keep Cutler upright.

  13. zn0rseman says: Apr 10, 2013 11:05 AM

    “Oh, my gosh, I’m in love with it,” Marshall said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Times… as he pushed off of a cameraman and shoved a reporter out of the way to get seperation.

  14. metalhead65 says: Apr 10, 2013 11:07 AM

    I would be excited to knowing that there are going to be more than 3 plays in the old playbook this year. let’s see there was the run the ball up the middle for no gain against the stacked line play and the always nobody will guess we will throw a screen pass to devin hester play and finally the let Cutler run for his life until marshall gets open play. so I would say he has a reason to be excited about any new offense that offers more than what they did in the lovie what is offense years.

  15. supesfan34 says: Apr 10, 2013 11:21 AM

    All I know is that Marshall should be a hot commodity in fantasy football drafts next fall….

  16. creasy says: Apr 10, 2013 12:13 PM

    Last year was going to be different too.

    “Heard some talk out of the Bears: Packers secondary not working coverage, bigger receivers … we heard about it,” Woodson told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols after the game. “We understand that Jay is excited about his new weapons, but it’s the same-old Jay. We don’t need luck; Jay will throw us the ball.”

  17. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 10, 2013 12:13 PM

    Ooooooh! You should totally text Teo and have a e-sleepover. Make smores and have e-pillow fights. Oooooh!

  18. chi01town says: Apr 10, 2013 12:29 PM

    Nobody has seen what the new offense will look like so these Packers fans need to be worried about the fact that Greenbay Dont have a running game or a #1 WR.
    OR be worried about that O-line thats going to get rodgers killed

  19. larryboodry says: Apr 10, 2013 1:02 PM

    loveorhatethejets says: Apr 10, 2013 10:39 AM

    “Marshall is a monster if he a had a better qb he’d prob have a nice over 1k yards seaon wiht a nice amount of t’d’s…”

    Uh-huh…That’s why with Cutler he sucked for 118 catches, 1508 yards, and 11 TDs last year…Get a clue.

  20. larryboodry says: Apr 10, 2013 1:07 PM

    Something is very wrong when the first post on a Bears thread is from a troll like tokyosandblaster.

  21. thompsonway says: Apr 10, 2013 2:51 PM

    Play No. 1 – Cutler to Marshall, Marshall stiff arms defense and scores.
    Play No. 2 – Cutler to Bennett, Bennett stiff arms defense and scores.
    Play No. 3 – Replace name with Forte, etc….

    No really, it is cool that he is interested and involved at this time of year. I am just happy that they are not talking about a Hester package.

  22. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:00 AM

    I expect all will be well in The Bedpan through September and October. And then will come their annual humiliating stretch run collapse. Within a few short months the once promising boy genius Trestman will be scorned by the entire Meathead Nation.

  23. bbcityblog says: Apr 11, 2013 12:01 AM

    No only has the bears addressed the offensive line to give cutler more time but if you look@ Trestman offense cutler might not be holding the ball that long.his offense is designed to get the ball out fast by throwing short passes.and if you can recall, coaches still use x’s and o’s to design plays till this day so they can scheme defenses into the best option possible for the play called, so it would only make sense to use chess or checker pieces to illustrate if a defense is in cover 2, man, man how many lineman or defensive backs they’re using.

  24. larryboodry says: Apr 11, 2013 1:40 AM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:00 AM

    “I expect all will be well in The Bedpan through September and October. And then will come their annual humiliating stretch run collapse. Within a few short months the once promising boy genius Trestman will be scorned by the entire Meathead Nation.”

    Can’t wait to see you proven wrong, not that you will ever just mind your own team’s business.

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