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Geno Smith: Brandon Marshall a 'QB's best friend'

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Geno Smith: Brandon Marshall a 'QB's best friend'

Geno Smith seems to be enjoying his new wide receiver.

The Jets quarterback spoke to the team's website over the weekend and called Brandon Marshall, who the Jets acquired in March, "a quarterbacks's best friend."

Smith also added that "for one, he's a veteran guy. He understands the game on and off the field. He's a beast of a player. You can't say enough good things about him."

Marshall spent three seasons in Chicago, totaling 279 receptions, 3,524 yards and 31 touchdowns. His reunion with Jay Cutler from their time in Denver started off well, but the relationship soured as the Bears struggled on the field, and Marshall had his own issues off it as well.

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But he could find new life in New York after posting just 61 catches in 2014. The Jets, behind Smith, have Marshall, Eric Decker and rookie Devin Smith at wide receiver and signed Stevan Ridley. They also did plenty on the other side of the ball, with no move bigger than signing Darrelle Revis.

The Bears replaced Marshall by selecting Werst Virginia WR Kevin White with the No. 7 pick in April's NFL Draft.

Marshall is prone to blowing up at a moment's notice, but it appears for now that he's got his quarterback on his side.

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

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Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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