Statisticians weren’t the only ones who noted the near-epic shift in the identity of the Chicago Bears. Coaches, fans and players combined to vote Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall to the Pro Bowl, and no member of the oft-trampled defense.
It was the first time since 2006 that two Bears offensive players were voted to the NFL’s all-star game (Ruben Brown, Olin Kreutz). More noteworthy perhaps, it was the first time since 1985 that two Bears so-called skill-position players were selected. Then it was Jim McMahon and Walter Payton. And it hadn’t happened before that since Mike Ditka and Gale Sayers were selected off the 1965 team.
With Forte, Marshall, Martellus Bennett, Alshon Jeffery and presumably Jay Cutler in place, it likely won’t be another 20 years before at least two Bears ball-handlers are honored in the same year.