Can the Bears spread the wealth on offense in 2013?

Can the Bears spread the wealth on offense in 2013?
February 11, 2013, 1:45 pm
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The NFL allows teams with new head coaches to begin offseason workouts on April 1, which is two weeks before teams with returning head coaches. Good news for Marc Trestman and company considering all the work that needs to be done.

Offensively, one of the first orders of business will be implementing the new system. Building a new offensive line will be a top priority, but when it comes to scheme, distributing the ball in the passing game better will be a key focus.

Brandon Marshall may have had a record-setting year, but a one man show typically doesn't work in the NFL when it comes to wins and losses. Marshall's 118 receptions dominated the Bears receiving corps. The next four among the wide receiver and tight end group combined for a total of 95 catches. Earl Bennett was second among the receivers with just 29 receptions. The tight ends as a group combined for just 33 even if you count Evan Rodriguez who is listed as a fullback. Certainly Alshon Jeffery would have had better numbers had it not been for injuries.

Compare those numbers to what the Packers' distribution was in 2012. Randall Cobb led the team with 80 catches, James jones had 64, Jordy Nelson had 49 and Greg Jennings tallied 36. Their top tight end Jermichael Finley hauled in 61 passes alone.

The Packers wide receiver group also combined for a whopping 34 TD receptions, compared with the Bears' 17, 11 of which came from Marshall.

If Marshall gets 85-90 receptions in 2013 -- which isn't a whole lot less -- and the rest of the group (including Matt Forte) gets more involved, it will benefit the offense. Let's remember the only way to accomplish that is to be more efficient on offense, by keeping drives alive and converting third downs and scoring touchdowns. Being more efficient can happen by using all the weapons on the field, something the Bears clearly did not do in 2012.