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Are Cutler, Marshall open to reuniting?

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Are Cutler, Marshall open to reuniting?

Are Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall trying to get the band back together?

The two had a dynamic connection in Denver, as Marshall put up three straight seasons of 100-plus receptions and at least 1,100 yards and six TDs.

Marshall has since played the last two seasons in Miami while Cutler has become the Bears' franchise quarterback.

Saturday, the two took to Twitter in what may be an effort at reuniting.

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Jay CutlerI can get 15 out of storage! Suit you back up. RT @BMarshall19: I miss @jaycutler6 believing in me like that.
Jan 08 via UberSocial for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

Not sure what Marshall's original tweet is referencing, but he did send it out during the NFL playoff games Saturday, so it may have been in reference to that.

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Jay CutlerPlease. We can run circles around these guys. RT @BMarshall19: @JayCutler6 these young duos r the old us. Haha chemistry
Jan 08 via UberSocial for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

Given that, it could be Marshall was referencing the Lions' Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, a dynamic duo in Detroit that put up big numbers all season, including in the team's playoff loss Saturday.

Love to see Cutler's confidence there.

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Jay CutlerLet's do it! RT @TTidd94: @JayCutler6 i think its time to get the cutlermarshall duo back together in thw windy city
Jan 08 via UberSocial for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

A fan got in on the action and it's probably safe to say a lot of people in Chicago would welcome Marshall with open arms to the Bears. Cutler definitely needs help at receiver and Marshall's Dolphins are currently in the midst of quarterback issues.

The holdup is Marshall's contract, as he is currently signed in Miami through the 2014 season. A trade would be the only way for the Pro Bowl wide receiver to land in Chicago.

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Bears offensive line ranked 22nd in NFL by Pro Football Focus

Bears offensive line ranked 22nd in NFL by Pro Football Focus

It wasn't long ago that the Chicago Bears offensive line was considered a strength of the team. They were one of the best in the NFL in 2018. The Bears' starting five was a big reason why the team went 12-4 and won the NFC North that year, but that wasn't the case in 2019. Chicago's offensive line had a lot to do with the team's underwhelming 8-8 season.

As a result, the Bears' starting group isn't getting much respect entering the 2020 season. According to Pro Football Focus' recent ranking of all 32 offensive lines, Chicago checks in at No. 22.

The Bears regressed from a fringe top-10 offensive line in 2018 to the 25th-ranked unit last season despite most of the group remaining intact. Left tackle Charles Leno saw the biggest drop-off in play, as he had four straight seasons grading in the 70s from 2015 to 2018 but finished at just 58.6 overall last season, good for just 64th out of 82 qualifiers. Leno earned his worst pass-blocking grade since 2015 while posting the lowest run-blocking grade of his career, at 47.5.

While PFF's ranking isn't great, there was a bit of optimism baked in. The analytics powerhouse still believes in the o-line's potential.

The Bears have the pieces to rank among the top 10-15 offensive lines in the league, but they need the tackles to get back to their 2018 form to go with progression from at least two players on the interior.

One of the big reasons why the Bears' offensive line struggled last year was the aftermath of Kyle Long's injury. Rashaad Coward was elevated to the first team; Cody Whitehair and James Daniels swapped positions. The best offensive lines have continuity, and that was lost in 2019.

With Germain Ifedi stepping into the right guard spot in 2020, and both Whitehair and Daniels settled in at center and left guard, the Bears will begin this season in much better shape and with a much better chance to return to the level of play we saw in 2018.