All right Packer Nation, all together now:
Did that make you feel any better? It seems some fans are moving a little closer to the edge of their seats with the news that the Green Bay Packers’ archrival Chicago Bears trade for wide receiver Brandon Marshall who is now reunited with Jay Cutler from their days together with the Denver Broncos. Throw in that they signed a (somewhat) competent backup to Cutler and the questions suddenly beckons:
Have the Bears tilted the balance of power in the NFC North?
Some Packer fans fear this is really this case. To that, I say hogwash. Cheeseheads always grow tenser this time of year as their divisional rivals sign free agents while the Packers stand pat until the NFL Draft rolls around. It’s common emotion many fans feel during the craziness that usually is the opening days of free agency.
To those anxiety-ridden fans, I say calm yourself. Look at the big picture. The trade for Marshall may not be as big of a win as it looks on paper.
Why you might ask? First off, Marshall is a known troublemaker. He even found trouble this past weekend as the Bears and Miami Dolphins were finalizing this trade. Outside a nightclub in New York, a fight broke out and Marshall is suspected with punching a woman in the face. It won’t be Marshall’s first run in with police nor is it even the first time he has been accused of striking a woman.
Throw in his petulance problems on the practice field (remember that footage of him punting a ball during practice instead of simply handing it to a ball boy?) and this move could be an utter disaster for the locker room of the Bears.
Speaking of the locker room, that brings me to my next point. Marshall will be catching passes thrown by a quarterback whose leadership and decision making skills get called into question every season. Cutler was playing decent football in 2011 before he went down for the year with a thumb injury, but how often did you see him sulking on the sideline in his street clothes instead of coaching up Caleb Hanie or Josh McCown?