The Chicago Bears made a week one statement by dropping 41 points on the Indianapolis Colts. And as impressive of an offensive outburst as that was, it's still the Colts. I don't think anyone is expecting them to even flirt with a .500 record this season. Whereas the Bears are being projected to be a playoff team by most experts.
The Bears were Division Champs just a couple years ago, and they were one of the hottest teams in the NFL when Jay Cutler injured his thumb last year, but how good can they be this year? I think they have a real shot at the Super Bowl, but after 1 week are the Bears starting to show signs of cockiness or are they simply exuding the confidence of a champion?
In yesterdays presser Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall may have given the Packers some bulletin board material with their comments about tomorrow nights Thursday Night game. Cutler was asked about past physicality from the Green Bay defensive backs and their propensity for playing man coverage. Jay's comments were about what you'd expect him to say. From Comcast;
"Good luck. We invite press coverage. We invite man."
And Brandon Marshall chimed in;
"It’s all about matchups, I’m 6-5, 230 pounds and there’s not too many DB’s walking around that big. If they want to get physical, I do welcome that."
I really have no problem with players showing bravado or having confidence in themselves, more so when the statement is seeped in truth. The Bears are hoping to see some man to man coverage, because Marshall and Alshon Jeffery (6'3") both have size over the Packer DBs. For the first time in a long time the Bears have an obvious advantage on offense.
In the past the Packers would try and knock the Bears wide outs off their routes to disrupt the timing of a play, and the last two seasons, under the timing based Mike Martz offense, this really affected the Bears. But now when a corner tries to press on Chicago's bigger WRs, it's often the defender that will be knocked off balance. Marshall will just bully his way past a corner back and get himself into position to receive the Cutler pass. Look for slants, the slant and go, and comeback routes on Thursday night.