Let's take a look at some Bears Essentials with the team preparing to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
-- ESPNChicago.com’s Jeff Dickerson put together his Stock Watch for the Bears after their win over the New York Giants, and he thinks Brandon Marshall’s stock is rising. Dickerson writes:
“Marshall was clearly disappointed with his Week 5 effort against the New Orleans Saints (four catches, 30 yards and one touchdown) but he rebounded against the New York Giants on Thursday with nine receptions and a pair of touchdowns. The Bears plan called for Marshall to be involved early and often, as quarterback Jay Cutler targeted the team's No. 1 wide receiver 11 times. Eight of those targets came in the first half. Marshall talked about his frustration and body language in two separate press conferences following the loss to the Saints, but he still leads the Bears with 40 catches for 465 yards and five touchdowns through six games. Last year at this point of the season Marshall had caught 41 passes and four touchdowns en route to re-writing the franchise's record book with 118 receptions for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns. Life isn't all that bad for Marshall in the Marc Trestman offense.”
-- John “Moon” Mullin takes a look at the struggles of Chicago’s pass rush. It’s not pretty, and it doesn’t appear to be improving anytime soon given all the injury issues.
-- Hub Arkush thinks the Bears lack contributions from some of the younger role players. I agree, and given the injuries on defense, the Bears need some of the younger players to step up and make a name because help isn’t on the way.
-- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune sees Chicago’s offense developing into a team strength. The Bears aren’t in the position to fortify the defensive line with free agents or through trades. So the offense will have to be the backbone of the team for the rest of the season.
-- Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times spoke to Julius Peppers about his lack of production thus far. Here’s what Peppers told him:
“Listen, we all have a job to do. We all get paid to do our job. And when you’re not doing it, you’ve got to be held accountable. Everybody has a right to their own opinion about my play, about the defensive line’s play. But to have a real understanding of what’s going on, you have to be in the room or on the field and be a part of it to really get a grasp of it. I don’t get irritated or mad about it. . . . I just concentrate on what I can control, and that’s my play.’’