LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Mike Tice is the Bears' new offensive coordinator, but this year, more than ever, it will be Jay Cutler's offense on the field.

Management has provided its franchise quarterback with Brandon Marshall, the receiver who was Cutler's go-to guy in Denver when he threw for a combined 8,023 yards in 2007 and '08.

"He's a guy that I've missed," Cutler said. "It's good having him back. He's a little bit different guy than he was in Denver -- in a good way."

Cutler's new quarterbacks coach, Jeremy Bates, worked closely with him and Marshall those two big seasons in Denver. Aside from Kristin Cavallari, the Bears couldn't have hired anyone who works better with Cutler.

"Jeremy has a really good feel of what I like to do and what I don't like to do," Cutler said after Wednesday's OTA practice. "There were plays out here that I told him, 'I don't like them. Let's think about getting rid of them.' And he's fine with that, and coach Tice is fine with that.

"It's a give and take, and that's a breath of fresh air around here, being able to give ideas and everyone giving ideas and let's pick the best ones that work for everybody."

That wasn't the case last season under offensive coordinator Mike Martz, when the offense operated as more of a dictatorship then a democracy.

Cutler is looking forward to utilizing the most talented collection of skill-position players the Bears have possessed in more than 20 years. And his passing-game weapons aren't just better; they're bigger. The addition of two big wide receivers -- the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall and 6-foot-3, 216-pound rookie Alshon Jeffery -- gives Cutler much bigger targets than he's had in three previous seasons with the Bears.

"It changes things, (like) where you can throw the ball, (and) when you can throw the ball," Cutler said. "Those guys are getting better and better each day."

Marshall caught 206 passes in the two full seasons he played with Cutler as a Bronco. He was asked top explain their past success.

"We're two guys who are really passionate about the game, he said. "But I think the most important thing is that we see the field the same. A lot of times you have to wing it out there, and we seem to be on the same page when we do that. That's what the great ones do -- see the field the same way."

Cutler believes Marshall's presence will help the entire receiving corps, and not just with his own catches, yards and touchdowns.

"Game-day-wise, he's going to attract a lot of attention," Cutler said. "He's going to attract a lot of coverages. Guys on defense are going to have to decide with Matt (Forte) and Brandon and all the other weapons, what they're going to give us.

"Are they going to let us run the ball or are they going to let us pass the ball? He helps those guys. And he's been through a lot of adversity. He's had some great seasons. So he's able to pass on to these young guys some of the good and bad things he's done."

There are plenty of both, bad and good. Marshall's off-the-field incidents involving alcohol and violence against women have been well documented, and he's been up front about striving to improve. But he also sees room for improvement on the field, even though he's put up monster numbers for the past five seasons.

"In 2008 we finished No. 2 in offense and everyone says we were really successful, and even we walk around sometimes saying it," Marshall said. "But when I look at film now, I think we were terrible. We were just young and immature out there on the field, not understanding the big picture of the offense and the game itself. To see where we're at now, where our football mind is at now, it's going to be really dangerous."