Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - November 13 - KMSP-TV

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - November 13

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Brandon Marshall is done handing out his medical opinion when it comes to the health of his quarterback.

"The doctor thing was cute for a while," Marshall said, "but it's up to our doctors to do what's best for the team and for Jay."

Right now, the best thing is Josh McCown. The 11-year veteran will make his second start of the season Sunday against the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens.

McCown has done nothing but impress in his 7 quarters, and one 2-minute drive performance. He is currently owning the highest QB rating of his career at 103.2, but he would be the first to point to the talent around him as the reason.

Any quarterback would be able to make big plays armed with the league's top wide receiver duo in Marshall and Alshon Jeffry.

"I think we're lucky to have them both," Marc Trestman laughed out during his press conference. "The best part of what we're seeing in Alshon is how much Brandon has had to do with his growth."

It's true. Even Marshall has hung up his desire to be the "Best Receiever in the NFL" to focus on building this dynamic tandem that ultimately is better for the team. He actually said that, and meant it. Alshon, though somewhat of a risky selection in the 2012 draft, is really coming into his own right now. He's impressively on pace for a 1300 yard receiving season and is currently ranked 13th in the league. Having Marshall and Jeffry, Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett and, of course, an offensive line that is so much improved from a season ago, has made this Cutler to McCown to Cutler to McCown transition thing work.

The defense, on the other hand, has literally spent the season shuffling. Mel Tucker is currently putting together his 10th different defensive line up for the 10th game of the season. Every single week when we talk to him he says this phrase: "Next Man Up." Because what else can he say? I mean seriously, 5 starters are on IR. 3 of them are Pro Bowlers. And who would have guessed 3 rookies would be in the line-up consistently?

"Nobody cares who you have or don't have. The clock is always ticking, there's no time to get frustrated" Tucker said. And somehow he hasn't.

"Mel has done a tremendous job, in my opinion," Trestman said giving his D-Coordinator a ringing endorsement. "He's been consistent with the guys, in his teaching, in his passion, he's a positive guy."

It's safe to say he's choosing joy, with the Bears defense ranked 26th in the NFL. It's their lowest ranking since the end of the 2007 season when they finished ranked 28th overall.

But they make no excuses. No one thinks that David Bass can be Henry Melton, or Jon Bostic like DJ Williams, or Kasheem Greene is Lance Briggs, or Zack Bowman will be Peanut Tillman, but this is why you field a whole roster. Rookie or not, back up or not, if needed, be ready.

Bowman said he believes the defense can build on their improvement - holding Green Bay and Detroit to 21 points or less. It's the first time they've done that in back to back games all season. There's a good chance they can make it three straight.

The Ravens offense isn't clicking, and only two quarterbacks have been sacked more than Joe Flaaco who's been taken down 30 times. The Bears D could use a confidence building game. The team needs a win. All doable Sunday at home.

Injury update: Lance Briggs and Jay Cutler both have been ruled out. Patrick Mannelly did not participate in practice nor did Shea McClellin or Jeremiah (formerly Jay) Ratliff, though both were able to do some work on the side. Ratliff remains week to week. Trestman unsure when that will change, but is hopeful he can contribute.

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