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Brandon Marshall won’t cheer for Packers even though Bears need them to win

Brandon-Marshall-BearsThe Chicago Bears may not control their own destiny to secure a playoff spot this weekend, but their formula is fairly simple. If the Bears defeat the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago slides into one of two wild card spots.

With the Bears scheduled to play an early game and the Packers playing in the afternoon, one would think all of the Chicago players have the following planned for Sunday: take care of business in Detroit and then root for Green Bay. However, Brandon Marshall said he is not going to cheer for the Packers despite the situation.

“I’m not cheering for anybody but the Bears,” Marshall said Thursday according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “Yeah, that’s how it is. We put ourselves in this position and right now it could be a good position. You never know how things will work out. But all we can do is beat Detroit and sit back and have a cup of coffee and see what happens at that afternoon game.”

If the Bears beat the Lions, almost all Chicago fans and all of Marshall’s teammates will be rooting for Green Bay. Based on his recent remarks about his division rival, we know Marshall despises the Packers. While most of the things the star wideout says baffle me, I actually understand where he’s coming from. The Bears put themselves in this position and his cheering isn’t going to affect the outcome of the game. Obviously Marshall wants the Packers to win, but it’s not something he can control. The only thing he needs to worry about is making an impact against Detroit.

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Brandon Marshall: Bears coaches’ jobs should be on the line

brandon-marshallBrandon Marshall was extraordinarily frustrated following the Bears’ 21-13 loss to the Packers in Chicago on Sunday. Green Bay clinched the NFC North with the win, while the 8-6 Bears dropped their fifth in their last six games.

Marshall was so upset he said the jobs of the team’s coaches should be on the line.

“Everybody involved in the offense should be held accountable, even if that means jobs,” Marshall said after the game. “It’s been this way all year. It’s no excuse. We still have two games left, there’s still hope, but at the same time, we need to be held accountable.”

Marshall got so emotional answering a few questions that he nearly began to cry.

“It’s been the same way all year. It’s the same thing every single game. We need to be held accountable,” he said. “What I got to do is try my best to keep it together and not let this affect me because it’s starting to affect me more than it should. And I love this game, I’m very passionate about this game, and right now it’s affecting me way too much.”

Marshall was so upset at that point he actually left his press conference. He had six catches for 56 yards including a touchdown that put Chicago up 7-0 in the first quarter, but the Bears only scored six more points after that.

It’s hard to know whether Marshall was pointing to any particular coach with his criticism. He may have been talking about head coach Lovie Smith, offensive coordinator Mike Tice, or just all the offensive coaches in general. One thing we do know is that quarterback Jay Cutler had an incident with Tice earlier in the season, though they both brushed it aside.

Now at 8-6 and in danger of missing the playoffs despite a 7-1 start, the coaches’ jobs will likely be in question after the season if they don’t win the next two games. The Bears are at Arizona and at Detroit the next two weeks, and they should be able to win both games to get into the playoffs.

Brandon Marshall compares Bears’ season to Charlie Brown Christmas tree

brandon-marshall-christmas-treeBrandon Marshall sure is a creative thinker. The Bears wide receiver came to his press conference on Wednesday with a tiny Charlie Brown-like Christmas tree as a prop, and he used it to make a comparison. The tree only had a few branches, one ornament, and the music box below it plays the Charlie Brown theme song.

“Right now, metaphorically, our season looks like this tree right now where we’re standing,” Marshall said. “Barren. Ugly. But there’s still hope. As a kid, it doesn’t matter how your Christmas tree looks. You’re still waiting for Christmas Day. You still have hopes and dreams that Santa’s going to bring you those things you ask for. It’s always a possibility.”

The Bears are 8-5 and host the 9-4 Packers on Sunday with a chance to tie them for first place in the NFC North. The Packers will clinch the division with a win.

“Where we stand today, our goal is to win the NFC championship, beat the Green Bay Packers, win the Super Bowl. All of that still can be under this Christmas tree. Whenever you’re down, you’ve got to try to create some type of balance, so this is a perfect little thing for me to keep me going.”

Marshall also got personal in his press conference, bluntly stating that he doesn’t like the Packers. He challenged the Packers to play him single press coverage rather than double-teaming him. We’ll see if Green Bay takes the bait. I highly doubt they do.

Video of Marshall below:

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Brandon Marshall: I really don’t like the Packers, this is personal

Brandon-Marshall-BearsThe Chicago Bears had plenty to say before their first meeting with the Green Bay Packers back in September, and not all of them are willing to back off of that simply because they lost the game in convincing fashion. Jay Cutler basically said Green Bay would be making a mistake if they played press coverage against Chicago’s physical receivers, and the Packers went out and held them to 10 points. Brandon Marshall had just two catches for 24 yards in week two, but he is still overflowing with confidence heading into Sunday.

“I’m not going to say hate, but I really don’t like the Green Bay Packers or their players,” Marshall said Wednesday according Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “This is personal. … This is the biggest game of my career.”

Marshall feels as though the Packers were disrespectful to the Bears after the game. He mentioned these comments about Cutler from Charles Woodson before downplaying the ability of Green Bay’s defensive backs and explaining how things will be different this time around.

“They want to roll coverage to me, shoot, I got Alshon Jeffery on the other side,” Marshall said. “He’s not a rookie anymore. He’s not rusty anymore. (They’re physicality) is non-existent. Not physical at all. Leading up to the game, they were talking about how big I was, I was a cheater.

“I would love their play to back up their talk.”

Trading trash talk the week before a big rivalry game isn’t exactly a novel concept, but I don’t understand what Marshall is gaining from making these comments. He and Cutler were horrible in their first meeting against Green Bay, so the only thing they can do to silence the doubters is go out and vastly improve this weekend. Talk is cheap. It’s even cheaper when the last time your players spoke they embarrassed themselves.

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Brandon Marshall: Some NFL players use Viagra while on the field

The NFL is embroiled in a controversy over Adderall, which has been used by many athletes for its performance-enhancing advantages. Adderall is commonly used to treat ADHD, so it’s odd to see it mentioned in the context of a performance-enhancing drug used by football players. But that’s not the only odd drug used by athletes.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall says he’s heard of something even stranger used by players.

“I don’t know too much about Adderall,” Marshall said Wednesday according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “I know guys, it is such a competitive league, guys try anything just to get that edge. I’m fortunate enough to be blessed with size and some smarts to give me my edge. But some guys, they’ll do whatever they can to get an edge.

“I’ve heard of some crazy stories. I’ve heard (of) guys using like Viagra, seriously. Because the blood is supposedly thin, some crazy stuff. So, you know, it’s kind of scary with some of these chemicals that are in some of these things so you have to be careful.”

And we thought the excuse Richard Sherman reportedly gave for his positive drug test was bizarre.

Marshall’s comments actually aren’t as crazy as they seem.

In 2008, The New York Times discussed the performance-enhancing advantages of Viagra. Viagra dilates blood vessels and increases oxygenation, which could boost a player’s performance, particularly in a city like Denver where the elevation is a major factor.

“It clearly provides an unfair advantage, at least at altitude,” an expert leading the World Anti-Doping Association’s research told the New York Times.

Marshall spent four seasons with the Denver Broncos, which is likely where he heard about the product being used.

WADA even financed a study involving Marywood University’s lacrosse teams to see if they could determine whether Viagra was potent enough to be added to the banned substance list. They ended up not adding it to the banned list after determining it did not have strong enough performance-enhancing effects.

Who would have figured that a product marketed to enhance one’s sexual performance could also boost an athlete’s play on the field?

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Brandon Marshall upset with Ndamukong Suh for hit on Jay Cutler

Brandon Marshall is extremely close with Jay Cutler, so it’s no surprise he was upset with Ndamukong Suh for laying a monster hit on the quarterback during “Monday Night Football.”

The Bears wide receiver sent a few tweets after his team won 13-7 to complain about Suh’s sack:

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Warren Sapp calls Brandon Marshall a ‘retard,’ Marshall rips Sapp in return

Warren Sapp getting himself into trouble by saying dumb things is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean the subjects of his criticism can’t take it personally. Brandon Marshall is furious with Sapp, and rightfully so. During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Friday, Sapp called Marshall a “retard” while ranting about how players in today’s game don’t respect the NFL’s past.

“These kids that play the game today have no relevance for the past. Have no conscious of what it is,” Sapp said according to CBS Chicago. “I mean, Brandon Marshall talking about Shannon Sharpe, who is he to talk? He’s the first 100 catch receiver, back-to-back, retard. What you just did in Denver for three years. You don’t know this? No, of course he doesn’t, because it’s not about Brandon Marshall, it ain’t about (inaudible), it ain’t about the past, it’s about me. It’s about personal success, pay me, and now I’ll think about being a team guy.”

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