From the Chicago Sun-Times:
For as much as coach Marc Trestman preaches spreading the ball around, he wasn’t overly bothered by quarterback Jay Cutler’s use of the “Marshall Plan” in the Bears’ 33-28 victory against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on Thursday. Cutler threw five passes all game and all five were sent toward wide receiver/favorite target Brandon Marshall. He completed four of them for 38 yards and a five-yard touchdown.
On an interception Cutler threw while targeting Marshall:
“That specific play was a force against a coverage that I think I can coach better — I really do,” Trestman said. “He’s going to take accountability for it because I know that’s who he is. But I’m just saying we have to get better at it. There’s a time to force the ball and use your arm and put it up into man-to-man coverage when there’s a single defender and a single player, but that wasn’t really one of those situations.
Much has been made of the relationship between Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler over the years, and there has been been some handwringing about target distribution in the new offense under head coach Marc Trestman. Charles Kleinheksel previewed Trestman’s offense and looked at it’s implications on Matt Forte here and here.
Trestman’s offensive system is predicated on balance, and has historically given the running back a large chunk of receptions. The distribution of receptions has made me pay attention to Alshon Jeffery as a late-round sleeper. However, the wide receiver that came out #1 in the Rotoviz Sim Score projections, Brandon Marshall, doesn’t have much to be concerned about. Jon Moore wrote about the Cutler-Marshall relationship “Frankly, if these ratios have emerged over 51 games, I’m willing to bet they hold fairly true for 2013, regardless of whatever Trestman does or doesn’t do”. For more info and stats, check Jon’s article.
Cutler is still going to force him the ball in Cutler-ian ways and Marshall is still going to get his. You can take the cigarette out of Smokin’ Jay Cutler’s mouth, but you can’t take away the uncomfortable, inescapable man-love he has for B-Marsh. So, never fret you sons of Chicago, your superstar receiver’s fantasy numbers will remain consistent. Jay Cutler being a stubborn asshole can finally do something to not piss us off.