Chicago Bears Roster Review: Marc Mariani


Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Marc Mariani (80) against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. The Lions defeated the Bears 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace has quite a rebuilding project on his hands. In the next phase of our Chicago Bears Roster Review, we look at the players who are currently on the Bears roster. We’ll look back at their 2014 season and look ahead to how they might fit into the team’s plans in 2015.

Marc Mariani, WR, Age 27

2014 Review

The Bears acquired wide receiver Marc Mariani in November 2014 after he was released by the Tennessee Titans last August. Mariani only played in six games and did not have a single catch. He was mostly used on special teams as a return man. Mariani attempted seven punt returns, 20 kick offs, five fair catches and zero touchdowns. Marinai’s lack of production can be attributed to him coming off a significant injury where he broke his leg and the poor coaching of the Bears former staff.

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2015 Outlook

The Chicago Bears are in desperate need of help on special teams. Last season the team ranked 26th over all under the former coaching staff. Under new special teams coach Jeff Rodgers, who previously worked with head coach John Fox in Denver, hopefully there will be some improvement. Although, the Bears signed Mariani to a two-year deal, that does not mean he is safe. They will more than likely look to the draft for some special teams help considering his history with injuries. The team will need a reliable return man because field position will be critical in helping quarterback Jay Cutler and the offense succeed in 2015.