May 23, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall (15) catches a pass against defensive back Jonathan Wilhite (27) during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Setting the Bar for the 2012 Chicago Bears: Brandon Marshall

In the second of our series of Setting the Bar for the 2012 Chicago Bears, we’re focusing on the Bears’ biggest offseason acquisition, wide receiver Brandon Marshall.  In probably the biggest surprise since Jerry Angelo pulled off the Jay Cutler trade, new GM Phil Emery pulled off a trade with the Miami Dolphins at the start of Free Agency to bring in the most talented wide receiver that Chicago has ever seen in the Orange and Blue.
I know that Marshall hasn’t played a down for the Bears yet, but his resume on the field is unquestioned.  He’s a legitimate #1 wide receiver who will be able to go make plays on the ball and command double teams.  What makes this deal even better for the Bears is that Marshall already has chemistry with Cutler from their days together in Denver.   To get a better idea of where Marshall’s going, let’s see where he’s been:

It’s clear Marshall is a catch machine.  When he and Cutler were last together in Denver in 2008, they hooked up for 104 catches and 1265 yards and 6 TD’s.  That 2008 season was sandwiched around 100+ catch seasons in 2007 and 2009.  In fact, in 2009, Marshall was catching passes from none other than Kyle Orton and managed to haul in 101 balls and a career high 10 TD’s.

After leaving Denver, Marshall still managed 80+ catch seasons with the Miami Dolphins.  Can you name their QB’s there the last couple of seasons?  Me neither.

Now that Marshall is reunited with his old buddy Jay Cutler, with former Broncos QB’s coach Jeremy Bates along for the ride, expectations are sky high in Chicago.  Let’s settle down a bit folks.  I think Marshall will have the best season a Bears pass catcher has ever had, but that’s not saying much.  Marshall will haul in a ton of balls and rack up the yardage, but I don’t foresee him getting a ton of TD’s.  Randy Moss’ TD record of 23 should be safe.

Besides the on the field stuff, the biggest question with Marshall might be the off the field stuff.  He comes to town with some baggage.  Could some extra curricular activities limit his ability to produce on the field?  The Commish has a short fuse with previous offenders, so you have to factor that in.

For Brandon Marshall I’m setting the bar at 95 catches for 1200 yards and 8 TD’s in 15 games.  He’ll miss a game because he’s dinged up, not because of any suspensions.  I think those days are behind him.

What do you think?  Are my projections too high?  Too low?  Can Marshall keep his nose clean off the field and put up monster numbers on it?



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  • WayThompson

    I think that he will get over 2000 yards and 15 TDs, but more importantly, Hester adds 5 more TDs too.

  • Levi20

    I just feel like between hester, bennett, and alshon, marshall is not going to get the ball as much as he has in the past five seasons. And thats fine by me. I think your numbers are too high. However, I’d definitely be ok with being wrong on this one.

  • JerryRichardson

    Marshall wil have a 1000 yards asa reciever and 16-20 TD’s….teams will not beable to fford the duble coverage on him as Jefferies is going to be a force to reckonwit on the opposite side and Forte or Busch ut of the backfield combined with Bennett and the TEswill not allow defense to key on Marshall as you predict. Chicago has the potential to explode for 35 points a gme when you consider the defenses they will be facing for the most part, none hae been very great at stoping the big play or the pass to Forte out of thebackfield….now add the TE’s and a very capable Bennett out of the slot as apossession reciever or Hester as a deep threat and opposing efenses are left invirtual man to man coverage which does not bode ell for them stopping Marshall, Jefferies or Forte. Bear will be devasting on offense this year.

  • WilliamJohnNeberieza

    I can’t help but laugh at the “Expert’s” concern about Jeffrey’s weight. Did these guys see his films when he was the center of their offense his junior year (around 80 rec. for over 1,500 yards)? He’s a top rookie receiver and I think he’ll have no problem pushing himself away from the dinner table for a team that is spirited by the hardest working player in history (Thanks again Mr. Payton). I’ve seen him go up in traffic and come down with the ball making a difficult play look easy. Watch for him to break the Bears’ rookie receiving records for catches and yards, and as I tell everyone who’ll listen; look out for the steal of free agency and the draft combined: Devin Thomas. If one man doesn’t steal the show, I can see about 3 receivers with 60 or more receptions this year.

    • Boomer

      Let’s pump the brakes a bit. I’ll be happy if he can get into the mix on offense and provide a key red zone threat as the season progresses. With Marshall in the fold, I don’t know if Jeffery will make the huge impact you’re predicting.