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Bears’ odd couple building on close bond

Posted by Larry Mayer on July 27, 2012 – 8:11 pm

When Jay Cutler throws a long pass to Brandon Marshall in practice, it’s usually the farthest the two are apart from each other all day.

The Bears quarterback and wide receiver, who formed a close bond as Denver Broncos teammates from 2006-08, have been inseparable at training camp. Their dorm rooms are right next to each other and they’ve been walking to and from the dining hall side-by-side on a regular basis.

“I’m just happy to be here with Jay,” said Marshall, a three-time Pro Bowler who was acquired by the Bears March 13 in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. “He’s a great leader and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“You can put a good quarterback and a good receiver together, but it’s not always going to mesh because sometimes you don’t see the field the same way or see things off the field the same way. But Jay and I, I don’t know why, we see things the same way.”

Cutler and Marshall developed into Pro Bowlers while playing their first three NFL seasons together in Denver. As Cutler’s primary target, Marshall caught 102 passes for a career-high 1,325 yards and seven touchdowns in 2007 and had a career-best 104 receptions for 1,265 yards and 6 TDs in 2008.

Marshall conceded that like any two people with strong personalities, he and Cutler don’t always see eye-to-eye. But that doesn’t affect their friendship.

“In any relationship where you take two people from two different places and you put them together, you butt heads because sometimes we try to impose our own wills on each other,” Marshall said.

“But once you understand that there’s no right or wrong, it’s just two different people, that’s when a relationship gets better, and with Jay and I, it’s always some work. We’re like the odd couple. We’re that couple where there’s fireworks, but then it gets a little fiery at times, too.”

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