Brandon Marshall should have big season under Marc Trestman
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org June 5, 2013 9:03PM
Here’s a look at the most productive receivers under Marc Trestman (below) when he was an offensive coordinator in the NFL:
Year Player Team Rec. Yards TDs
1989 Webster Slaughter Browns 65 1,236 6
1995 Jerry Rice 49ers 122 1,848 15
1996 Jerry Rice 49ers 108 1,254 8
1998 Frank Sanders Cardinals 89 1,145 3
1999 Frank Sanders Cardinals 79 954 1
2000 David Boston Cardinals 71 1,156 7
2002 Jerry Rice Raiders 92 1,211 7
2003 Jerry Rice Raiders 63 869 2
Updated: July 7, 2013 12:56PM
Brandon Marshall’s 2012 season — 118 catches, 1,508 receiving yards, regularly overcoming double teams — was a performance rarely seen from a Bears receiver.
And that dominance — or something resembling it — just might continue under coach Marc Trestman.
The quarterback guru has shown he knows how to use the weaponry, too.
Jerry Rice had two of his best seasons — including his legendary year of 122 catches, 1,848 yards and 15 touchdowns in 1995 with Elvis Grbac getting five starts — when Trestman was the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator. Even more impressive: When Trestman ran the Oakland Raiders’ offense in 2002, Rice, at 40, had 92 receptions and 1,211 yards, which were better numbers than his previous five season totals.
And there’s more.
Webster Slaughter had the best season of his 12-year career in 1989 with the Cleveland Browns with Trestman as his offensive coordinator. When Trestman was with the Arizona Cardinals, Frank Sanders posted career highs in receptions and yards in 1998, and David Boston had his breakout year in 2000.
So while there has been a lot of talk about Matt Forte’s growing role, the improvement of Jay Cutler and the importance of spreading the ball, one thing might remain the same — Marshall will flourish.
Marshall professed his love for the playbook awhile ago, but he’s set to participate more on the field after being cleared after hip surgery in January
“I’m ecstatic,” Marshall said. “I’ve never been around better coaches. Lovie [Smith]: amazing coach, amazing man. Coach [Mike] Shanahan: amazing coach, one of the gurus of the game. Josh McDaniels: one of the gurus on offense.
“But what we have here in [offensive coordinator Aaron] Kromer and coach Trestman, their leadership on offense is amazing. I’ve never been around it.”
Marshall was the Bears’ offense in 2012. He accounted for 46 percent of their receiving yards. This year should be different because everything is different with Trestman.
“I may have the same amount of targets, I may not,” said Marshall, who has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards six consecutive seasons.
“I’d be lying if I said I don’t want to be productive, that I don’t want to be up there with the best. But if we don’t win, none of us will be here. The only thing I’m excited about is playing my part.”
And his part still will be substantial. Trestman will put Marshall and Forte in multiple spots and in motion to get the most advantageous matchups. An improved Alshon Jeffery and tight end Martellus Bennett also will help.
S.J. Green, a receiver under Trestman with the Montreal Alouettes, said Trestman’s offense is fun and creative for receivers.
“He’s going to open it up,” Green said during an interview January with the Sun-Times. “He’s going to give you opportunities to make plays.”
But Green also called the offense challenging.
“It can be [complex], depending on your mind capacity,” he said. “It’s very detailed, and you have to pay attention to all the small details. His offense, you have to know everything inside out or you’re at fault to everybody, and you won’t be a part of it.”
Marshall said he’s “becoming more of a student of the game.”
“Every year you get smarter, you get better,” Marshall said. “I’m going to move around a little bit and . . . get put in different positions. But I’ll be able to handle it.”