(WSCR) The notion of having a true, No. 1 wide receiver wearing a Bears jersey on Sundays still may be foreign to some fans.
The team has lacked that physical threat at the wide out position for years, but it appears the Bears have found one in the 6-foot, 4-inch Brandon Marshall.
“My oldest son (played) out in Denver with Brandon Marshall,” former NFL quarterback Phil Simms told The Mully and Hanley Show. “I asked him all the time about (Marshall.) He said, ‘Dad, dad… he’s a beast. Listen to me. You know I know. He’s a beast. He’s a beast.’ I just said, ‘I got it.’ Honestly, he never said a bad word about Brandon Marshall. He said, ‘Hey, he can get along with everybody. He’s easy to talk to. He understands football.’ He didn’t say anything bad about him physically. … Quarterbacks, receivers and running backs – you gotta fit into the offense and the team. It looks like Brandon Marshall, I’ll give Chicago a lot of credit, they’ve blended him right into that offense.
LISTEN: Phil Simms on The Mully and Hanley Show
The result of plugging Marshall into the Bears offense was nine catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in his debut. Finally, Cutler has the weapons he needs to play to his full potential.
“One of my gripes that I said a couple of times last year, I can’t (say) on any show that I do because I used to say, ‘I’ve never seen a quarterback have as much talent as Jay Cutler and have so little around him,'” Simms said. “(Now,) they brought some big boys with him. (Cutler) is a highlight machine. … I was watching the highlights and kept saying, ‘Oh, look at that throw. Oh, what a throw.’ It was a lot of fun to watch. The people in Chicago should be happy.”