Voluntary off-season workouts started last week for NFL teams and the NFL Draft is just around the corner on April 25.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall reeled in 118 catches for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns during his first season in the windy city. All of those were career highs for the 29-year old.
He became the first Bears receiver since Marty Booker (2002) to rack up 1,000 yards receiving.
He had arthroscopic surgery on his hip in January after battling hip problems in 2011 and 2012 when he was voted to the Pro Bowl.
“We don’t play games until September. As long as I’m in top shape then, that’s all that matters,” Marshall said via NFL.com on Wednesday. “I’m excited to start this season 100-percent healthy and see how much better I can be, completely healthy. I feel so great, man.”
The Bears new head coach Marc Trestman will impalement a new style of offense. With the addition of TE Martellus Bennett, the Bears will have better opportunities to spread the field.
Also, with the addition of LT Jermon Bushrod that should help ease the pain up front for QB Jay Cutler, who too many times was running for his life last season.
Despite getting double teamed often in 2012 WR Brandon Marshall still managed an incredible season. He brought hope to an offense that not only was boring, but lacked an identity over the past couple of seasons.
With Marshall and Bennett as the main targets the Bears will look to improve things on offense. They also have second-year South Carolina product Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett and Matt Forte as solid options in the passing game.
A new offensive playbook will certainly take time and patience for the Bears to fully grasp, but after last year’s experiment with Mike Tice as the offensive coordinator I doubt it could be worse.
Marshall seems more excited than any other Bear right now about the outlook of this offense.
“Oh, my gosh, I’m in love with it,” Marshall said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “‘Martellus [Bennett] 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.”
”It’s so stimulating and it gets everyone involved, and that’s exciting to me,” Marshall said. ”Because the better Alshon [Jeffery] is, the better I’ll be. The better Earl [Bennett] is, the better Martellus will be.
The better Martellus is, the better Matt Forte will be. And so on and so forth. It’s just awesome.”
I can’t agree more with Marshall. He is a smart guy who is passionate about the game. Marshall and Cutler are passionate together on and off the field which makes them even more productive as teammates.
The Bears’ offense will take the next step in 2013 there is no doubt about that. It all depends on the strength and health of the offensive line which has let this team down way too often over the years.
The Bears only have five selections in the draft, but will focus on their main needs: G, LB, CB, DT, WR, C.
The Bears are not in a transition period which many analysts and fans have noted. They still have plenty of talent to win it all. Only time will tell if they will be able to indeed put it all together and make a run.