Cutler Show: B-Marsh targets won't decline
September, 24, 2012
By Staff | ESPNChicago.com
Brandon Marshall's 31 targets this season are tied for ninth-most in the NFL, and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler doesn't plan on reducing that pace anytime soon.
David Banks/Getty ImagesBrandon Marshall has 31 targets this season.
"He's our go-to receiver," Cutler said Monday during "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "He's a guy we're going to try to get to. Plays are designed for him. Plays are designed to get the ball in his area and let him make plays. I don't think we made errors in doing that. It's just sometimes they take it away and we have to go elsewhere.'
Marshall has 16 receptions for 214 yards and one touchdown. He also has three drops.
Here are some other highlights from "The Jay Cutler Show":
"We weren't there as much as we wanted to be, obviously, but I did. I felt like the crowd definitely heeded our instructions and they did a good job."
"We're just not there yet to get style points. We're just still trying to get regular points. We'll get style points later. Right now we're just learning the offense, everyone is getting comfortable, we're finding our identity. Mike (Tice is) still finding his identity as a play caller. All those things are coming together, and at the end of the day we just have to win games. And that's what we did.
"We wanted to play NFL-style football. We wanted to play an NFL game. We wanted to get it to third-and-manageable. If we didn't get it, we wanted to punt. We weren't going to try to go for home runs a lot. We wanted to run the ball, get some screens going and just play a normal NFL game."
"There are certain guys in the locker room that they know you can get quotes from, and D.J. is at the top of that list. I went to school with the guy, love him to death, it's just that sometimes you need to put a muzzle on some people.
"D.J. is D.J. He's going to say those things. It's fun. Most of the time it's good natured fun. It's hard to change people like that. You're not going to change D.J. You just have to take it with a grain of salt and move on."
"Yeah, it is (fair to say he should made the catch). Devin has to make that catch. I could have helped him out and put it a little bit lower for him, but Devin was as disappointed ... probably more than anybody else. He wants to make those catches. It's on both of us. It takes a lot of people to make that happen, and I have to help him out.
"It's a long throw, it's the far hash, just trying to put it out there for him. Looking back on it, just maybe put it down low ... because he killed the guy. The guy wasn't even in the picture. He runs the hell out of it."
"I think he's getting better and better each week, and he's putting more and more into it. He's taking more advice and learning on the run, and I think he's doing a great job. It's not an easy job ... It's a tough job, it really is, to call plays and be 2-3 plays ahead of it."
"I wasn't (hesitant). I was kind of standing around, because usually after a pick someone is coming for you to knock your head off. But I just sat in the middle of the field and they kind of ran around me and came right to me so I took a shot."
"I did talk to Sam after the game. When you go through a game like that where you're confused a lot, you're hit a lot, balls are flying, you're not really for sure, it's kind of a dazed look. I said 'Good luck with the rest.' He said, 'Your defense is tough. ' I said, 'I know. We go against them every training camp."