The Bears’ dependence on Brandon Marshall has reached ridiculous proportions.
Marshall’s 1,342 receiving yards are more than the next seven Bears combined.
The next seven.
Rookie Alshon Jeffery has 256 receiving yards, which is No. 2 on the team but less than one-fifth of Marshall’s total.
Marshall’s 101 receptions are as many as the next four teammates combined. The first-year Bear has 9 touchdown catches, the same number as the rest of the team combined.
Marshall’s having the best season a Bears receiver has ever had – by a wide margin. He’s already topped Marty Booker’s old single-season record of 100 catches, and he’s on the verge of Marcus Robinson’s single-season mark of 1,400 yards with three games to go.
The problem is, the Bears’ passing offense is even worse with Marshall than it was without him last season.
Last year the Bears were No. 26 in passing yards and No. 23 in average gain per pass play, and that was an offense that was without QB Jay Cutler for six games. Those numbers are far from great, but they’re better than this year’s.
The Bears are currently No. 27 in both passing yards and average gain per pass play.
It's time for someone else to contribute.