CHICAGO — Brandon Marshall is bipolar. He has also said he's the face of BPD, Borderline Personality Disorder. That means he's prone to extremes of emotion. And he's run the gamut the past few weeks.
After a hot start to the season, things cooled considerably in recent games, and Marshall questioned his role following the loss to the New Orleans saints — one in which Alshon Jeffery, and not Marshall, was the recipient of the majority of the passes.
The Chicago Bears will always say that coverage will dictate how often Marshall gets the ball, a new narrative a season after the offense was too Marshall-centric. Enter new head coach Marc Trestman, who has devised a scheme that has made four players dangerous receivers.
But it was back to the familiar in Thursday's 27-21 win over the New York Giants. Facing man coverage the majority of the night, Marshall — wearing bright green shoes for which he'll make a donation to the NFL offices — caught six passes in a scalding first half, for 66 yards and two touchdown passes. He finished with nine catches for 87 yards, on 11 targets. No other Bears receiver had more than seven passes thrown their way.
"They played (a lot of) 1-high (safety)," Marshall said. "So there were some times when they doubled me and they rolled coverage to me, but they're a 1-high team.
"We took advantage of it when we had a chance. We still left a lot out there. We still can get better."
Trestman agreed. He also said that the game design was not slanted heavily back towards Marshall — that's just the way it worked out.
"The thinking was, we tried to mix it up and move the ball around," he said. "It just happened to work out that way. The play design on the (first Marshall) touchdown was specifically designed for Brandon to get the ball based on what they were doing. But we really didn't know what to expect."
It's the same with Marshall — the Bears rarely do. Although he's far more emotionally controlled than he was in Miami, when Marshall said he was less rigid with his medication, he is still prone to outbursts. But he said he's happy and ready for the next challenge, even if it includes some frustrating moments along the way.
"If you look at Drew Brees and (the Saints), we do a lot of things similarly, and those guys have been together for seven or eight years," he said. "We have a chance to get it done now, but to get to where we really want, I think it's going to take some time.
"I think Jay (Cutler) is getting a little bit more comfortable. ... And us receivers, we've been doing a good job communicating and working with each other."
And that's all part of the Marshall plan, which could reap some great benefits in time.