With Brandon Marshall catching eight passes or more in four of his last five games, look for the 49ers to be one of the few teams to finally gear the majority of their defensive game plan toward stopping the receiver, who is coming off back-to-back 100-yard games.
If San Francisco manages to neutralize the receiver, offensive coordinator Mike Tice needs to find ways to get other threats involved such as running back Matt Forte, and receivers Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester as well as the tight ends. Jeffery’s return might take some pressure off Marshall, and Jason Campbell’s lack of history with the No. 1 receiver might actually lead to better ball distribution.
The coaching staff has talked all season about getting Forte more involved, but the club hasn’t displayed a true commitment to making that happen given that he’s run more than 20 times just twice all season as teams have game planned to neutralize him.
Coaches always say that it’s their jobs to put their players in the best position to succeed.
So if the 49ers take away Marshall, Tice needs to find ways implement other offensive players so they can make significant contributions.
The Bears won’t be able to defeat the 49ers with just Marshall.