For the first time in living memory, Chicago Bears fans have been able to brag proudly about the offensive success of their favorite team, though, Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is ready to rain on their parade. In a year where injuries plagued the defensive side of the ball, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were the bright spots for the Bears in 2013. The two WRs combined for 2,716 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns on 189 catches. For most people, this stat line would indicate that the Bears have the best WR tandem in the NFL, Jones, however, is not impressed.
When the Falcons concluded their mini camp at the end of last week, Jones responded to Jeffery’s comments that the Bears had the best WR duo in the NFL by saying that Roddy White and himself were the best WR duo in the league, not Marshall and Jeffery. Of course, Jones only played in five games in 2013, and the two will be looking to put together some impressive numbers in 2014.
This playful banter is exactly what Bears fans should be hoping for during the offseason. After Marshall and Jeffery both made it to the Pro bowl last season with impressive numbers, the biggest thing they need heading into 2014 is motivation. Now there are those out there who would say the two need to concentrate on team goals, like winning the NFC North, before worrying about their own stat lines. To them I’d say this: the better Marshall and Jeffery’s stats look, the more wins the Bears will have in 2014. With Marshall’s desire to bring his teammates closer together, a competition that could bring him and Jeffery together can only improve the camaraderie on this team.
With the very real possibility that the Bears and Falcons will meet in the playoffs this season, fans of both teams could be in for some serious fireworks.
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