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Brandon Marshall has only been a Bear for 12 games. Though he has become the key piece of the offense and a clear leader, he has only been a part of the Bears since March. Still, he is completely rewriting the Bears' record books.
After his 165-yard performance against Seattle, Marshall has 1,182 yards and 91 catches. The Bears' single-season record is 100 catches by Marty Booker and 1,400 yards by Marcus Robinson. To break both records, Marshall needs to average 2.5 catches and 54 yards in the Bears' next four games. Considering he's averaging 7.6 catches per game and 98.5 yards per game, it's likely that Marshall will reach the top of both records.
But it's not just the single-season records that are being affected by Marshall. He is also shooting up the Bears' all-time receiving lists. Right now, with 12 games, he is ranked 55th on the Bears' all-time receiving yardage list. If he continues at the same pace, he will finish with 1,578 yards and will be ranked 40th. A 1,000-yard season next year would put him in the Bears' Top 25. Another 1,500-yard season? And he is Top 15. The all-time record is 5,059 yards by Johnny Morris. At 98.5 yards per game, Marshall will break that record in 51 games, or just over three seasons.
Does Marshall's ability to shoot to the top of Chicago's receiving records say that he is a great receiver, or that Chicago has a historically sad passing game? Perhaps it's best not to worry about the past and enjoy what Marshall can do in the present.