It is illegal play. Defenders have position, and Marshall just pushes the defenders out of the way. It is a lot like the league allowed with Michael Irvin in Dallas years ago.
As bad as the passing game is it's still nice to eke out a win. I just think Ponder needs to be more confident in himself as he seemed to be in the first part of the season. I'm not sure if his play this season has been due to lack of talent or just is given a conservative playbook by the coaching staff. Either way there is no way we can simply rely on Peterson to have 200+ yards and two scores and make the playoffs. Am I the only one worried/concerned by Peterson having TOO MANY carries in that perhaps we could be overworking him and shortening his career? I love AP and all but I want him to be healthy and productive for a few more years.
Great game by Harrison Smith. Hope Jefferson is okay with that shot he took. Nice job the the defensive line putting pressure on Cutler.
Overall not a pretty win but one that many analysts didn't think we could win. Ponder definitely needs to put on his big boy pants next week and get some confidence and make some better reads/throws.
And why did we keep punting to Hester in the middle of the field? We punted to him 4 times in the middle of the field where he had plenty of room to work. It's almost as if we were daring him to burn us again in a close game. I know our punt coverage has been fantastic this year, and Hester isn't his old self, but how stupid can we be?
I thought we were going to find a way to loose this game by leaving Ponder in. I have no confidence in him at this point ... that being said he made a couple of throws to get first downs. The D played great. AD is just amazing. Thought our secondary played well even though the Bears receivers got away with a lot of push offs. Thought Wright made a couple of plays as well as 84. Great win today.