Is the Bears’ Receiving Corps the New Prototype for NFL Offenses?

May 31, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL's copycat tendencies might be on the verge of its newest chapter, with some teams now chasing an offensive trend recently originated by the Chicago Bears. 
But like most pursuits of the league's ever-changing fads, the Bears' new prototype—a receiving core jam-packed with tall, talented and physical pass-catchers—will be a difficult one to match. 
Unleashed in full last season, the Bears became the second-highest scoring team in football (27.8 points per game) using Brandon Marshall (6'4"), Alshon Jeffery (6'3") and Martellus Bennett (6'6") to dominate the skies. The trio combined to catch 254 passes for 3,475 yards and 24 touchdowns. 
For context, consider that the Bears passed for 4,450 yards and 32 touchdowns total in 2013. 
Defenses simply couldn't find an answer to Chicago's three receiving behemoths. And there's early evidence to suggest that some teams are attempting to replicate the Bears' aerial dominance. 

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