Brandon Marshall has made it clear that he wants more footballs coming his direction and that the Bears were 10-6 last year with him seeing more than 40 percent of Jay Cutler’s pass attempts.
Marshall’s point of view may stem from the Bears being 4-1 this time a year ago with him being Cutler’s soulmate. But if Marshall is concerned about his role in the offense or game plan, he can address that with Cutler, who makes the ultimate real-time decisions on ball distribution.
“He’s still attracting a lot of [defensive] attention and rightfully so,” Cutler said. “We like to get the ball to him, and defenses know that.”
The general plan will be to move Marshall around into different places in the offense. He is still the unquestioned No. 1 receiver and the Bears will use him to create opportunities for others and vice versa.
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“At the end of the day it’s like a box-and-one in basketball,” Cutler said. “If the rest of the guys aren’t helping you out, they’ll stay in a box-and-one forever. So it’s up to Alshon [Jeffery] and Earl [Bennett] and Martellus [Bennett]. We’ve just got to keep feeding them and feeding them and eventually you’ve got to get out of it.”
The Bears have had four different receivers lead in receptions through five games, with Jeffery leading twice.
The Giants have not shown the ability to pressure quarterbacks (five sacks) with the result that they have allowed 12 passing touchdowns through five games, tied with Atlanta (1-4) and Jacksonville (0-5) for most in the NFL.
“I think [Cutler] needs to look at the tight end a little more,” Martellus Bennett deadpanned. “Nah. He’s been doing a great job. We’ve got a lot of guys with double-digit catches — that’s what we want to do, move the ball around, get a lot of guys a lot of touches.”