Monday Night an Opportunity for Brandon Marshall to Emerge

We're all fixated on Jay Cutler's every movement.

The first-ever franchise quarterback for the Chicago Bears has been defined by often spectacular touchdowns and even more spectacular interceptions. He delivers media interviews with an uncommonly smug, dry sense of humor that some of us love and some of us hate. Occasionally he shoves a lineman. His lady friend was on a TV show or something. His baby is named after the most dangerous city in New Jersey - Camden. But perhaps, just perhaps, 'tis time we alter our fixation. At least for an evening.

Remember when Phil emery acquired, er, stole Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins? Remember how you felt when Jay Glazer broke the story on Twitter? It was a landmark day for this Bears franchise. It was the official end of the Jerry Angelo tenure as GM. Finally a true number one receiver had come to town. Finally the Bears had the type of big threat on the outside to occupy hours of attention in the defensive meeting rooms of their opponents. Finally the Bears had a receiver who would not be pushed around by the league's top corners. Finally Jay Cutler had been reunited with his favorite receiver.

Then Green Bay happened. The Packers sat their best corner in front of Marshall and kept a safety involved almost all night. The coaching staff was perplexed. Cutler was errant. Marshall was Muhsin Muhammad.

Monday night in Dallas the Bears will face what is currently one of the best defenses in the NFL. They've got what are arguably the best pair of starting corners in the game - Carr and Claiborne. And the the great DeMarcus Ware will undoubtedly beat the Bears offensive line a few times, forcing Cutler to make a throw or five prior to his wishes. I have heard far too much analysis from fans and media along the lines of, "The Bears will struggle to make plays in the passing game" and "This defense will shut the Bears down on the outside." That kind of analysis was accurate when the number one receiver WAS Muhammad or Johnny Knox or Brandon Lloyd or Marty Booker or Marcus Robinson or David Terrell or whomever the hell the Bears lined up outside.

Marshall is meant to be different and its against these types of defenses, these types of corners we expect Marshall to thrive. We've had our #1s go into a dark cave and hide against the best. We've never had one step into the arena and battle - the way Marshall always seemed to battle Darrelle Revis in the AFC East (see video above). Monday night is the night for Brandon Marshall win his one-on-ones and usher the Bears to a signature early-season victory.

How about it, Brandon?

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  • Nothing good happens if they leave Webb matched up one on one on Demarcus. He will WARE us out!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Or, to put it in proper verse...
    If ALL we have is JaMarcus...
    ...protecting Jay from the back.
    Leave Webb alone against DeMarcus,
    And Cutty "WARES" sack, after sack, after SACK!
    Burma Shave

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You got me in the spirit, Al...

    Slow old JaMarcus?
    Oh football gods please help us
    Against DeMarcus!

    Please Smith and Tice let
    Someone help poor Webb to get
    Ware in spider's net

  • In reply to SC Dave:

  • I've been to Camden a couple of times, never had anything happen to me... Anywho, I'm hoping Alshon and Marshall destroy the cowboys! Can't wait!

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    "...been to Camden..'


  • Keys to victory for the Bears, according to NFL Network REDOZNE:

    Score 22 or more points (They are 6-0 when they do so)

    Prevent Demarco Murray from getting more that 12 Carries (The Cowboys are 7-0 when he does)

    Also, the Cowboys are ranked 19th against the run.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Not sure where redzone gets their info. This game has 10-3 written all over it.

  • I-I-It's a g-g-good thing I-I-I'm n-n-not n-n-nervous about t-t-tonites g-g-game.....Elmer

  • Sounds about right:,0,7504550.story

  • In reply to Crown:

    His head was swooooooolen.

  • Yes Marshall needs to step up, but let's not force it if he's being taken out of the game. That's where the Bears ran into trouble in GB. Once the Packers took Marshall away from Jay, it looked as if the offense had no continency plan. I wouldn't mind seeing Jay spread the ball around, taking what Rob Ryan gives him including sceens and dump-offs.

    And oh yeah, run the ball.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Who are we running the ball WITH exactly?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Whoever the fuck wants to line up in the backfield. If Forte and Bush can't go, I'd like to see Hester back there. No, I'm not talking about the fucking Hestercat formation. I'm talking about having somebody in the backfield who can block and provide a threat offensively. I know it's the Packers, but it's a team in a similar situation. Good QB, terrible line, questionable RB. When they line WR Randall Cobb in the backfield, if gives them a number of options in playcalling.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's the beauty of it...

    No one knows.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Trib re-iterates that Forte says he's ready to go. We will see.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cowboys list has 5 out, 1 doubtful, 1 questionable, and 7 probable.

    Our list has Bennett and Forte as probable.

    So on the injury front, I'd say we look a little better.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    But Lovie maintains he's a "Game-time decision."

  • The Keys to tonight's game: Let's keep it simple..

    Defensive: We NEED to put big pressure on Romo. If we do he WILL screw the pooch. I think our front four should dominate setting up hurries that will lead to turnovers.

    Offensive: We must try and run...of course I have no delusions...we may fail terribly. If so then Quick Passes and Roll Outs...Jay will be running for his life anyway so we might as well do 2 step drops and roll outs immediately if after the first series our run attack is squished.

    It sounds simple but as Jeff said...we have Brandon Marshall and he's a beast even in the above scenario.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    ah, but if you look at the above scenario, there was something going on that we've yet to see this season from our beloved: time for the quarterback. matt moore is comfortable back there because he has more than 2.3 seconds to unload the ball. i don't care how good brandon marshall should be. he simply can't be that good if jay is knocked on his ass 1 out of every 3 drop backs.

  • Maybe I should try the Anquon effect on the Bears.

    (( The Bears are going to get smoked tonight by 20. They will reveal themselves as petulant and over-rated as Cutler himself, with no guts. A team with no guts that can't win, that reflects the blase' attitude of it's no-fire coach and it's bad attitude QB, a man who has a website dedicated to the proposition that nobody in the history of sports looks less enthused to play in the NFL than Jay Cutler. All of this comes to a head in a game where the Bears lay down for their beating, a repeat of the Bengals Benson Beatdown, an embarrassment to the franchise that just may sink the season. ))

    Let's see if that works....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Let's hope the parentheses didn't do some sort of weird backwards voodoo.

  • I hope he doesn't emerge too much. Brandon Marshall earning my opponent less than 50 fantasy points is all that stands between me and my first fantasy win of the season. (I have one of the highest point totals in the league but for 3 weeks in a row I was matched up people who did just a little better.)

  • In reply to Kim Z Dale:

    Dear Kim,

    Fuck yo' fantasy team.

    With disdain,

  • In reply to Kim Z Dale:

    Dude. Kim. I'm sorry but I'm going to have your bears-fan badge and gun please. You're suspended until further notice.

  • Guys, come on. Let's cut Kim a little slack here. She's rooting for Brandon Marshall to have a 49-point-fantasy outing. That's like 5 TDs and 190 yards.

    I think we can forgive her for not wanting him to have 5 TDS and 200 yards.

  • In reply to evantonio:


    Kim, I'm sorry.

    If Brandon Marshall has 51 pts, and we win... I will refund your $5 entry.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    your philanthropy is an inspiration to us all.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    A true ladies man.

  • I'm gonna have to side with Doc and Willie on this one. A true Bears fan would rather lose every pretend matchup of make believe teams if it means just one more Bears victory in the season. Kim you're gonna need to redeem yourself here.

  • Am I 1st to ask....WHO IS OUR FULLBACK???

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    "We don't need so stinkin' fullback!"

    Perhaps Henry Melton?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Trib reports both Adams and Spaeth took practice snaps.

  • In reply to gpldan:



  • The Cowgirls. Tony Rohomo. Indeed.

    What's the gameplan Mike? I hope it involves running the ball interspersed with more running, and the occasional playaction to somebody wide open as Cutler flees from the hordes rushing in from the left tackle spot.

    Cowboys can't stop the run and we can't pass-block a sumbitch anyway, so runs it Mikey. Runs it.

  • How many of you noticed in the Rams game, after we were screaming for Cookie to take Webb's place, that instead what Tice did is put them BOTH out at LT. I guess that's the LLT package. BLT perhaps?

    I expect to see that tonight in short yardage. MB probably heard it over the loudspeakers in Chicago, Cookie comes in and reports eligible, lines up NEXT to Webb. We give up a wideout, we can create match-up problems on mixed downs (ones that don't favor run or pass) because POA blocking becomes very good on the left, and even with a big strong side LB, we can usually go 3 yards and a cloud of dust over there.

    Don't be shocked to see that formation more tonight...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Did you also happen to notice what a fucking disaster that formation was? Let's just announce to the world were running the ball. it's one thing to have guys up front who can move ppl off the ball, but the Bears don't have that. At least with Speath or KD in the formation, defenses can't completely sell out against the run.

    I still like my Heater in the backfield idea, but cringe at the though of the Cookie-Webb formation.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Shady...agree on the "Cookie Crumble" formation

  • In reply to Shady:

    Next on Nova.... (PBS Theme)

    The Cookie-Webb Formation. Scientists think it telegraphs a loss of yardage. Could it be the source of dark matter?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I would also like a Heater in the backfield. A gold plated one.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Despite my almost total X & O ignorance, I suggested two LTs late last year. Although sarcastically, I might add...

  • from LM "DaDouche":

    Cutty's ### for night games..Snickers anyone?

    With Jay Cutler preparing to play Monday night in Dallas a few weeks after struggling in a Thursday night loss in Green Bay, I've received several emails asking the same question you posed. Here's what I discovered after doing some research: Cutler has played 44 games since joining the Bears in 2009, with 13 of those contests at night (nine on the road and only four at home). Three of the four games in which Cutler has thrown four or more interceptions in his career have come at night; he threw five picks in a 2009 loss in San Francisco and four picks in defeats in Green Bay in 2009 and 2012. While those three games skew the stats, he has performed pretty well in his 10 other night games, compiling a 6-4 record while passing for 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. There seems to be more of a discrepancy in Cutler's stats in terms of home versus road rather than day versus night. He has passed for 39 TDs and 24 interceptions with an 86.8 passer rating in 24 home games and 27 TDs and 31 interceptions with a 73.1 passer rating in 20 road contests. Interestingly, Cutler has excelled on Monday Night Football, winning four of five starts. In those games, he has passed for 11 TDs and three interceptions while compiling passer ratings of 108.4, 82.5, 106.6, 99.6 and 96.9.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Solid MNF performances from Cutty, but he's going to need a smart game plan or else DWare is going to wear JWebb like a party hat all night long.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Hopefully things don't look like the Cowboys night game 2 years ago, where it took a Mike Martz Intervention to stop the 7 step drops and finally start winging a few short passes to move the chains.

    I'd like the short shit from the get go, and... maybe.. just maybe.. go into the half with a nice lead.

    My body weary. I can't handle another nail-biter.

  • In reply to Shady:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to Shady:

    that is the single greatest web page ever to show up on the innerness.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    you're the man now dog -

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Shit... I coulda used that in my haiku...

    What the f* could be more obvious!


  • "The Cowboys’ special teams play this season has left a lot to be desired. ". -Dallas Morning News.

  • Confidence among Cowboys' sportswriters is NOT high:

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Hmm... Is there any way we can both lose?

  • Jeffe -

    Will you be posting the standings (picks contest) within the next few weeks...strategy will start coming into play...

    Also, I was 10-3 yesterday in real life, and am still gloating (with one straight-up 3 teamer and potentially one 6 team teaser tonight if the Bears cover +8).


  • I know he talks shit to everybody, but watching Rob Ryan (Rex Ryan's fatter, hairier, uglier brother) talk shit to Cutler tonight is really going to piss me off.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Cutler needs to let his play do the talking tonight!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Uglier? You've hit the limit of that function. Continuous at c.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's like Buddy married and mated with a wildebeast or something.

  • In reply to Shady:

    46 is the number of fucked up chromosomes he passed on.

  • Come on Jamarcus - move your feet move your feet - Ware is coming to hurt you - move your feet


  • I would just like a non-retarded fucking win tonight. Is that really too much to fucking ask for?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll take any sort of win, thankyouverymuch.

  • In reply to Shady:

    tired of anysortofwinthankyouveryfuckingmuch.

    Want a convincing one for once.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    This isn't fucking college bro, style point count for NOTHING. Get a win. Stay healthy. Get out.

  • In reply to Shady:

    well... aren't you alllll business today... on your little iphone... at work.... sitting next to harry.

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