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Brandon Marshall looking forward to his “best year ever”


Quarterback Jay Cutler has re-signed with the Bears, answering one of the biggest offseason questions in Chicago before the offseason really had a chance to get going.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall is a big fan of the decision to hold onto the man who has thrown him passes in both Denver and Chicago, saying that “whenever you have change, it always sets back the organization.” Marshall also looks forward to improving on what he and Cutler have done in the past.

“I’m going to have my best year ever next year,” Marshall said on NFL Network, via the Chicago Tribune. “I’m going to be healthy; I have a healthy offseason, I don’t have to get any surgeries. I didn’t even have a chance to prepare last year; I hit my stride Week 9, Week 10 in the season. Now I get a whole offseason. I really believe it’s going to be my best year ever.”

Marshall posted 100 catches for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013, numbers that were only slightly down from his 2012 season and were good enough to make you wonder what Marshall might have pulled off if he’d hit his stride a little bit earlier. The prospect of Marshall having his best year in an offense that also has Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte also makes the mind reel a bit, but it wouldn’t change the outlook for the Bears all that much.

Offense, after all, wasn’t the reason why the Bears finished 8-8 and an upgraded defense will be necessary for better days in Chicago even if the fireworks continue unabated on that side of the ball.

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23 Responses to “Brandon Marshall looking forward to his “best year ever””
  1. greg2geez says: Jan 7, 2014 3:30 PM

    Whenever you have change it sets the organization back. Yeah that’s how it played out in Philly and KC for sure.

  2. ingraven says: Jan 7, 2014 3:37 PM

    Translation= My boy J.Cutler got paid, so I’m up next.

  3. daltongang1 says: Jan 7, 2014 3:39 PM

    How you going to have your best yr ever with Cutler behind center?

  4. wisconsinhillfolk says: Jan 7, 2014 3:41 PM

    See you in the playoffs, Big Brother!

    Marshall is a skilled dumbass.

  5. monophoton says: Jan 7, 2014 3:46 PM

    @greg2geez: last i checked KC and PHI are sitting in the same place as CHI, just with wosre draft pick status… and that goes for the Packers too.

  6. jcmeyer10 says: Jan 7, 2014 3:47 PM

    Dude has Seniors 2014 written on his car windows. That’s the tone of his comments to me.

  7. megatronownsyou says: Jan 7, 2014 3:49 PM

    So basically the same offense as this season but next year when Quitler is hurt for his regular 5 or so games you won’t have a competent backup because McCown is going to sign elsewhere.
    No way they’re going to be able to upgrade every position they need to on that miserable defense either.
    If the Vikings had a decent quarterback I would pick this team to finish last in the division next year.

  8. jjbadd385 says: Jan 7, 2014 3:55 PM

    Sadly, this team has some awesome offensive weapons, & I fear its Cutler that is the weak link. I hate to say that as a Broncos fan & a Cutler supporter, but his mistakes are killing the Bears.

  9. jakec4 says: Jan 7, 2014 4:02 PM

    Marshall is one of the most underrated players in the NFL. He has seven straight 1000+ yard seasons, and will most likely eclipse 10,000 yards for his career next season. Calvin Johnson is the only active player who is younger than Marshall with more yards, and it’s less than 300 yards separating them.

    At 28 years old Marshall isn’t catching Jerry Rice, but he has a shot at Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.

  10. weepingjebus says: Jan 7, 2014 4:08 PM

    …is he being traded to another team?

  11. trumb1mj says: Jan 7, 2014 4:10 PM

    Win something and until you do, shut up.

  12. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 7, 2014 4:47 PM

    I really like Marshall. Not only is he a fantastic wideout, but he’s become a much better person. Very few like him ever change, but he appears to have turned a corner in his personal life, and I wish him well.

  13. randomguy9999 says: Jan 7, 2014 4:59 PM

    Marshall puts up the 1000 yard seasons, but when they need a red zone catch to win the game, he always drops it. That why the Bears go 8-8… clutch plays that don’t happen.

    Marshall was the same in Miami and Denver.

    At least he appears not to be blowing up the locker room and sideline with BPD rants anymore, Bears fans got that going for them….

  14. buckybadger says: Jan 7, 2014 5:10 PM

    Marshall just needs to be a good teammate and let Jeffery become the man. With Forte they could be a top offense. Bring in a dominant TE and develop the rest of those WRs and this offense is on the brink. I hope I am wrong as a Packer fan but this offense is looking to be very scary next year.

    The defense? Not so much. Welcome to our world.

  15. jazsrt says: Jan 7, 2014 5:16 PM

    megatronownsyou says:
    Jan 7, 2014 3:49 PM
    So basically the same offense as this season but next year when Quitler is hurt for his regular 5 or so games you won’t have a competent backup because McCown is going to sign elsewhere.
    No way they’re going to be able to upgrade every position they need to on that miserable defense either.
    If the Vikings had a decent quarterback I would pick this team to finish last in the division next year.

    Sadly, I think it will be your Lions in last place.

    Good luck with that coaching search…and third place finish this year behind two injury riddled teams.

  16. LilTmac2003 says: Jan 7, 2014 5:44 PM

    People are forgetting that this will only be the SECOND time in Cutler’s Chicago career he will be in the same offense for more than one season.

    Up until that blowout against the Eagles, Bears had the number two scoring offense only to the Broncos.

    You bring back that same squad with another year of experience and you could definitely expect brighter results.

  17. purpleguy says: Jan 7, 2014 6:24 PM

    Did a Bears fan seriously say Marshall has a shot at Randy Moss’s numbers? Seriously?

  18. doe22us says: Jan 7, 2014 11:16 PM

    Stud Stud, thanks for back to back FF championships well along with others…

  19. larryboodry says: Jan 8, 2014 12:50 AM


    For his 14-year career, Moss had 15,292 yards and 156 TDs, most of those numbers coming early in his career. He averaged 1,092 yds. and 11 TDs per season.

    Marshall, in his first 8 seasons, has 9,050 yards and 57 TDs. He has averaged 1,131 yds. and 7 TDs per season,
    but could catch Moss in yards if he plays 6 more seasons with stats like he’s put up with the Bears. He’d need to average 16.5 TDs/yr. in that span to equal Moss…Not likely, especially with the emergence of Jeffery, but not impossible, either.

  20. jaymossx4 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:03 AM

    Marshall is a great receiver and Alshon on the other side and the things he can do and proved this year will in the future command double teams on Jefferies. So yes with a lack of injuries this off season and with Jay coming back, with Jefferies, Bennett, as well the offensive line and the major improvements just this year. Along with the fact that you have one of the best running backs in the league because of his versatility Marshall without a doubt is primed for an amazing season. With that being said I would look for Peppers to either take a huge pay cut or taking his walking papers. I believe that the bears will offer Peanut Tillman an offer for a one year deal. Henry Melton will most likely receive the same type of deal. Therefore I would say that this defense will receive a big overhaul, which includes a package that switches from 4-3 to a 3-4. I believe that you will see Nickle and Dime packages as well. Mel Tucker will do his best to confuse other offences. As far as a Major casualty that may be leaving the team that will break the heart of Chicago fans is Devin Hester. Hester has proven he is not a wide receiver and not a corner back. However one way Hester could make it back is if he and the team agreed that he would take a huge pay cut along with the option of playing safety in emergency situations. However for the best return man in the History of the NFL would most likely command more money from another team. So Hester would have to give a huge hometown discount . Also Bears fans it has been rumored in certain circles that a certain Linebacker would love to launch a comeback, and would be willing to sign a one year contract and also fight for a spot on the roster or would be willing to jump ship and play one more year for Lovie Smith.

  21. pshark5 says: Jan 8, 2014 1:04 PM

    Injuries to key players destroyed the Bears defense this season, but the media only mentions injuries when it’s about the Packers.

  22. respectgsh says: Jan 8, 2014 5:02 PM

    Well it is a contract year and he is part of a good offense…

  23. dobe420 says: Jan 16, 2014 1:08 PM

    Lets hope next year will be every Bears players best year ever.

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