(WSCR) When the Bears traded for Jay Cutler before the 2009 season, there were still gaping holes in the team's offensive personnel.
The Bears lacked that go-up-and-get-it, No. 1 wide receiver. With the acquisition of Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall, however, the Bears seemingly have a complete offensive attack.
"The good thing about this team and the way it's built is that it's not all on one guy," Marshall told The Mully and Hanley Show. "It's not all on Jay, it's not all on the receivers or the defense. We understand that it takes a complete team. I think that's where the excitement is from. 'OK, now we have a guy that can really dominate - has proven he can dominate - out there on that Island.' At the same time, we need Devin (Hester,) we need Earl (Bennett) to do what they've been doing. Nothing different - the defense, the special teams. I'm just the extra piece to the puzzle. It's really nothing special - it's just completing the puzzle.
LISTEN: Brandon Marshall on The Mully and Hanley Show
"(I just have to) control what I can control. I can't throw a football like Jay. I cannot call a game like coach Tice and create plays like Jeremy Bates. So, my job is to catch footballs when they're thrown to me. I think that's the only thing I need to worry about. Also, doing the right things off the field. If I do that, I think we'll have a chance to definitely stay on the track that the Bears have been on for these past few years and hopefully get that ring."
Marshall's off-the-field problems are certainly a cause for concern among the Bears' faithful. The wide receiver has been in and out of legal trouble since entering the NFL in 2006. Still, Marshall said he has changed and is looking forward to proving that.
"My goal in all of this is to turn my trials into a testimony," Marshall said. "When you're able to do that, you'll help so many people. My purpose on this Earth is not to be a professional football player, or to be remembered as that. I want to be remembered as the guy who helped inspire and change so many lives, so many communities. That's my mission."
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