In 2012, the Chicago Bears‘ passing attack was disgustingly one-dimensional. It appeared that Jay Cutler only had one wide receiver lining up alongside him at times as Brandon Marshall caught a career-high 118 passes and no other Bears’ wide receiver had more than 30. That’s called unbalance.
However, the Chicago offense got a little bit of a face-lift this offseason as Lovie Smith was canned and Marc Trestman is now the Bears’ new head coach. In addition, the passing attack got a big boost with Martellus Bennett coming over from the Big Apple. Bennett is being looked upon as the Bears’ top tight end, yet I’m taking his expectations a step further by saying this:
Bennett must lead the Bears’ offense in receptions if Chicago wants to make the postseason in 2013.
I understand that Cutler and Marshall have an unreal connection, but without a play-making tight end in the middle of the field, the Bears are only putting themselves further being the eight ball. Besides, if Bennett emerges as a top-notch tight end, then defenses across the NFL won’t be able to key in on Marshall like they did so many times in 2012.
Moreover, the running attack will also be opened up if Bennett can haul in more than 70 passes as the opposition will no longer be able to stack the box with defenders, thus opening up running lanes for Matt Forte and Michael Bush.