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Brandon Marshall

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Updated: July 10, 2013 6:37AM

1. Are you worried Marc Trestman’s offense, which involves considerable timing between the quarterback and receiver, will be hard to execute in an often bad-weather, bad-field venue like Soldier Field?

That’s overexaggerated. Every offense, every passing game, is predicated on timing. A receiver has to be at a certain place at a certain time or otherwise the pass is not going to be completed in most cases. They work on this all the time. You go down 15 yards, break to the outside and the ball should be there on a comeback. So, will the weather have an effect on that? Yes. But don’t forget, you have a lot of aspects in the passing game that won’t just be timing passes, but dropoff passes where you’re getting the ball into the hands of a slot receiver or a [running] back in a hurry where they can run with it. Any offense would ideally like to be in nice weather . . . but that’s not going to happen. So, I think when you look at teams that play in a dome, like New Orleans and Drew Brees, that’s why their offense and passing game is a little more high-powered. Then you look up at Green Bay, and you have the same thing with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. They’re pretty darn doggone good. It’s a point you can make, but I don’t know how valid it is.

2. Trestman has a history of making good receivers great and great ones better. How good can Brandon Marshall be under him?

The sky is the ceiling for Brandon Marshall. He can go as high as he’s willing to work at it and be disciplined. [He needs] to realize he’s going to be an integral part of the passing game and the offense but not the whole offense. You can’t predicate the whole offense between two guys — that would be [Jay] Cutler and him. He’s going to be an integral part of it, and he’s going to be the big-play guy in that offense. He can go as far as he wants to go.

3. The Bears took a look at three more unsigned quarterbacks, including JaMarcus Russell. What does that tell you?

I think it’s proper planning. You have to look ahead, you know. Nothing is forever. If you end up with an injury, you’d love to have someone behind your quarterback that you have a tremendous amount of confidence in, and that your team has a tremendous amount of confidence in. If you can find one of those guys out there in the free-agent market, why not bring him in to look at him? It makes sense to me. It doesn’t mean you’re going to make any changes, but it means you have another option available if something were to happen.

4. The Denver Nuggets’ George Karl is the NBA’s coach of the year and won’t return. What are your thoughts?

There’s no loyalty! There’s no loyalty, boy! Coaches coach. Owners own. And players play. But there’s no loyalty. You’re going to get fired when they want to fire you. If you’re the owner, you’re going to make the change that you want to make. . . . It’s just what they’re going to do because they have the power to do it. Why? Because they can. I don’t know George Karl, but I know that his record is pretty good. I would think he’s a pretty darn good basketball coach. I don’t know what they’re looking for up there. There’s no magic elixir.

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