|The Bears finally have a true #1 receiver|
Besides the numbers, the impact that Marshall will have on the offense is tremendous. If the Bears don't screw up and they actually get Forte signed, it will make his job within the offense so much easier. Forte somehow put up great numbers last year while defenses were able to stack the box without any legitimate or consistent deep threat to keep them honest. Imagine what he'll be able to do now that another superstar skill player will be in the same offense. It will take the pressure off of Jay Cutler, who will know that he has a reliable playmaker to help bail him out sometimes. It will help the offensive line, who will face less pressure knowing that the defense will have to ease off to try and contain Marshall.
|Hopefully this means big things for Knox|
|With these leaders, Marshall is in the perfect situation|
In this way, the acquisition of an elite player who happens to be a problem child reminds me of the Bulls bringing in Dennis Rodman in the mid 90s. Rodman, like Marshall, bounced around the NBA, even though he was the best rebounder in the league, due to the fact that he had serious off the field problems. But the Bulls, knowing they had a team of veterans and leaders with Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, and Scottie Pippen, picked him up and incorporated him into the Bulls support group. There's something about the universal respect of those players, and also the ones on the Bears, that keeps guys like Rodman and Marshall in line. I think that's the impact that will happen here. I can't imagine Marshall walking into a locker room owned by Urlacher and company and not changing his ways. Plus, he's so good that even if he's suspended a couple games to start this season he's worth it. And anyways, if the Bears were to go out and not acquire players who have problems, they probably wouldn't be able to even field a team.
|Cutler finally has his number 1 receiver|
I love the Jason Campbell signing. Here's a guy who could be a starter in this league, and when he actually has started he's put up good numbers. When you combine him with Emery bringing back Josh McCown, you see how the Bears, for once in what seems like ages, can truly call the QB position a strength of the team. I know I'm not alone when I'm excited to see what else Emery is going to do. We are probably going to miss out on Mario Williams, but I hope we can find a young up and coming defensive end to bring in to fill that void. We need some help on the offensive line. I think we should go grab another receiver, someone like Eddie Royal, to bolster that area even more. We'll have to wait and see what develops, but one thing's for sure: for a fanbase that was desperate to see some changes, the acquisition of an elite wide receiver and making the quarterbacks as a strength of the team is a blistering start for Phil Emery.