WR Brandon Marshall has never been known as a player who is ever at a lack of words. On Friday, he proclaimed that the Chicago Bears have a chance to win the Super Bowl in 2012. During an appearance on ESPN’s First Take, when asked if he believed the Bears could keep pace with the Detroit Lions and Green bay Packers next season. He seems to think those two teams will have trouble keeping pace with the Bears.
“I look at it the other way. You have to pay respect to the Packers because they won the division, but those teams don’t have a defense like we do,” said Marshall. Statistically speaking, the Bears did finish the 2011 season with a better defense, ranking 17th overall. Detroit finished 23rd while the Packers finished 32nd in net yards allowed.
Marshall believes that the team should have a vastly improved offesne, due in part to the acquisition of- himself. “On the offensive side of the ball, we know what we have in Matt Forte and Jay Cutler, and adding me to our passing game- and opening up other alleys for Devin Hester and Earl Bennett– it’s just going to make our offense and our team that much better,” said Marshall.
The 2011 version of the Chicago Bears were not a terrible team. They finished the season 8-8, but at one point they were 7-3. Chicago lost QB Jay Cutler and with him, the season as they dropped five of their last six games. Chicago did not have a viable option at quarterback behind Cutler and Caleb Haine proved to be disastrous. After Cutler, the Bears then lost RB Matt Forte and chances for reaching the playoffs went right out the window.
This season, along with upgrading the receiver position, Chicago has added Michael Bush behind Matt Forte and Jason Campbell to back up Jay Cutler.
I don’t believe the 2012 Chicago Bears are this year’s Super Bowl champions, but I do believe they are in a good position to challenge for a playoff spot this season. Looking at their schedule, I believe the Bears are a 10-win team in 2012. However, with a rapidly improving NFC, will 10 wins be enough to secure a playoff berth this season?