After Thursday night’s preseason Week 2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman confirmed that his star wide receiver Brandon Marshall had accepted a job as an NFL analyst for Showtime’s new series, Inside the NFL. According to Trestman, Marshall’s new gig will in no way affect his performance on the field.
Marshall is largely expected to be the main attraction on a high powered offense this season, while his protege Alshon Jeffery figures to make a big push to challenge Marshall for that top spot. In years past these things could have added up to spell disaster for the team that employed Marshall, but with his new-found maturity, Bears fans should rest easy knowing that Marshall seems more in control of himself than ever before.
When Trestman was asked about Marshall’s new job, he was quick to put his support behind Marshall. It is this support system by the Bears that will help keep Marshall focused on the team when he needs to be. That supportive, family like atmosphere is ultimately what has allowed Marshall to flourish in his short time with the Bears, and it is exactly why Bears fans should not be worried about his performance in 2014 as he balances football and his new TV gig.
Prior to accepting his new job, Marshall asked Trestman for his blessing, and the coach was quick to give it. The mutual respect between the Bears head coach and his star receiver is obvious, and it is something that Marshall was lacking in his years in the NFL prior to joining the Bears.
If Marshall’s performance drops in 2014, critics will certainly point to his attention being divided by his new job. But something tells me that his streak of seven straight seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards will continue in 2014.
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