Throughout Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall‘s eight-year career, he has been considered a live wire who isn’t afraid to express his opinion. Yesterday at training camp, Marshall made it clear how he feels about Jay Cutler‘s potential. Marshall “absolutely” believes Cutler could win the MVP.
The high praise for his quarterback could cause some to believe that he may have some loose screws somewhere. In actuality, praise comes with some validity. This validity could come to fruition this season.
Last season, the Bears ended the year ranked second in scoring. That’s second in scoring with their starting quarterback missing five games. Yes, backup Josh McCown stepped in and did an admirable job in Cutler’s absence, but he is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Again, the reins of the offense were handed over to Cutler this offseason with his new seven-year, $126 million contract.
The receiving corps for the Bears is as good as it has been in many years. Alshon Jeffery took a major step in his development last year and presented himself as a “go up and get it” target. His 2013 campaign turned enough heads to make him a first-time Pro Bowler. With the aforementioned Marshall, 6-foot-6 tight end Martellus Bennett and a talented group up front, the Bears have one of the most dangerous passing attacks in the league. Oh hey, the Bears’ running back is pretty good too.
One way Cutler can prove that he is MVP-caliber, besides potentially huge numbers, is beating the Green Bay Packers. Outplaying Aaron Rodgers can put Cutler in serious talks for MVP. In the final game of the 2013 regular season, Cutler outperformed Rodgers by posting a QBR of 88.8 vs. a 57.7.
Let’s not forget that this is Cutler’s second year in head coach Marc Trestman‘s offense. Trestman, who is considered a QB guru, is settled into his role as head coach and has all hands on deck to execute his offense. With a full season under his belt, the offense can only improve barring any major injuries.