BOURBONNAIS, Ill. Game-playing is never usually a good thing in a relationship. In the case of the Bears, it is a very good thing.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Jay Cutler have walked into the lunch hall at Olivet Nazarene University together the past two days. (On Thursday Cutler left the mess hall walking behind three offensive linemen, which may have been a subconscious (or maybe very conscious) positioning of security.)
Cutlers and Marshalls rooms in the dorm are next to each other, meaning that when they are not at practice or in meetings, there is time for games that include Scrabble (Marshalls advantage) and another which is Advantage Cutler.
Weve been playing a game called Q I call it Q because I cant pronounce whatever its name is -- and hes 2-0 against me, Marshall said. Hopefully Ill get a win at Scrabble because Im not good at Q right now.
The expectations are that Cutler and Marshall will be the linchpins of an offense beyond what the Bears have fielded in recent memory. It will have to go some to top what is currently the most explosive offense in which Marshall has ever played.
As far as ranking the 2012 Bears offense for explosiveness, Not even close, Marshall said. 1994, my little league team, the Kingsley Knights no, Im being honest I mean, we were scoring at will. It was amazing. Hopefully, if we match some of that production back in 94, then Ill be able to say it, but Ive got to see it work.