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.