Chicago Bears have had somewhat of an underwhelming start to the 2014 NFL season. Back in August, Bears players claimed they were finally ready to win the big one this season, but after five games they sit 2-3 and are about to head on the road to another precariously balanced team in the Atlanta Falcons.
That game this week will most likely put one of these potent offensive minded teams at 2-4 this season, and that's something that the Bears and their head coach Marc Trestman certainly don't want.
What is more worrying than the Bears three losses this season has been the form of star receiver Brandon Marshall. Now he has found the endzone well with five touchdowns, three of them coming against the 49ers in week two, but those TD grabs hide the fact that Marshall has been incredibly disappointing so far this season.
Five touchdowns sounds good, but when you match that with only 188 yards receiving in 2014, the once star player doesn't sound like a superstar anymore. Now Marshall has struggled with an ankle injury during the last four games, but Bears' head coach Marc Trestman believes that regardless of Marshall's injury problem, the Bears still need to do a better job of getting the wideout the ball more.
"He’s been targeted, certainly, but we’re going to go back and do some work on that to make sure we are doing all the right things in that regard," Bears' head coach Marc Trestman explained on Monday.
"We targeted him yesterday. He had a lot of calls. They [Carolina] took it away and Jay Cutler did the right thing going other places."
And Trestman believes that one of the key solutions for the Bears in tough times is to make sure they get more productivity out of Marshall, starting this week in Atlanta.
“We want him to have more productivity. When he touches the ball good things happen. Over the last couple of weeks we haven’t been able to get that done. It’s certainly something we have to continue to work on to get him back involved where he can get more touches that will result in bigger plays.”