CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers and head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears shake hands after the Packers 21-14 victory in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike McCarthy;Lovie Smith
Chicago lost twice to the Packers in 2011, giving Green Bay an edge in The Bears' eternal struggle against the cheeseheads. But in the off-season, the Bears have taken major steps to improve by bringing in Brandon Marshall and Jason Campbell. Even Packers coach Mike McCarthy is impressed.
He discussed the Bears' moves while talking to press at the NFL's owners meetings in Florida.
“Brandon is a problem for defenses matching up,” he said. “He’s a No. 1 receiver, he’s a hard guy to single up and play. They definitely got better. Plus, he has the relationship with (Jay) Cutler. There is definitely value in that. It will complement their run game. They ran the ball very, very well at the end of the year, the way they wanted to run the ball. They definitely improved.”
Cutler and Josh McCown threw four interceptions in two games against Green Bay in 2011. Defensive backs like Charlie Peprah, Nick Collins and Charles Woodson have terrorized the Bears for years. The previous Bears' receiving corps could not take the top off the defense like Marshall can. Now, the Bears will have plenty of threats on offense.
If nothing else, the Marshall trade has the Packers looking over their shoulders nervously, which is just plain delicious.