Funny the difference a week makes. After week one, Chicago Bears fans were all giddy about the new passing attack. Week two disappointment tempered those enthusiasms, as the Green Bay Packers were able to take star Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall out of the game. Not only that, the rest of the Packers secondary was able to take away the rest of the WR group.
Not a lot defenses are going to be able to take away Marshall, but there are teams on the schedule capable of doing what the Packers did to the Bears passing game this past Thursday night. If and when that happens, Quarterback Jay Cutler has to find other reliable targets and those receivers have to step up.
Earl Bennett was thought by many to be Cutler’s favorite target after Marshall, mainly because he is reliable and won’t put the QB in a bad spot. However, Bennett let Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson undercut routes on two of the four interceptions Cutler threw. Bennett been facing that Packers secondary since 2009; there’s no excuse for the lack of awareness on the field.
Alshon Jeffery had a great debut in week one, but was easily contained by Jarrett Bush throughout the game. It’s expected rookie WRs are not going to be much consistent week-to-week, but the Bears need Jeffery to develop into that reliable #2 WR to take pressure off Marshall. This is taking into account that the coaches really don’t want to use Devin Hester as a full-time WR.
Don’t be surprised if the Bears decide to finally give Jeffery full-time starter duties as Hester has under-performed in that role two weeks in a row.