Brandon Marshall: Detroit Lions are like our annoying little brother

Brandon-Marshall-BearsThe Detroit Lions got the best of the Chicago Bears in both meetings between the NFC North rivals this season, and as a result Jim Schwartz’ team is currently in first place. However, Brandon Marshall is not quite ready to give the Lions the credit they may deserve.

While standing in as a host on “The Jay Cutler Show” on ESPN 1000 Monday, Marshall compared the Lions to an annoying “little brother” who is not better than the older brother but simply managed to beat him.

“It’s the little brother that kind of grew up a little bit,” Marshall joked. “He may be a little taller than the big brother. He’s not stronger. He’s not better than the big brother at anything. But that one day, he just says, ‘I’m fed up. I’m done. I’m gonna punch my brother in the face.’

“It’s the little brother that, big brother wants to go out and play with his friends and the little brother is annoying, [saying], ‘Hey, can I go?’ No, you can’t go, Detroit Lions. Sit back. Sit in your little city. Fix your financial problems and all of that, you know. You can’t come with us right now. But right now, they’ve got the best of us. They beat us twice. They swept us. But what matters is when we see them in the playoffs. It’ll be a great show. It’s gonna be tough. But I guarantee it’s not gonna go down like it did the first two games.”

With Jay Cutler nursing multiple injuries, the Bears are hardly a lock for the postseason. Marshall also indicated that he felt some late hits from the Lions contributed to his team’s diminishing health.

“They’re borderline illegal,” he said. “I’ll attach my name to it. I’m looking at film today, and it was kind of disgusting to see the D-line go out of their way to knock our quarterbacks down after every single play. The ball was gone. They’re pushing them down. They’re hitting them below their knees. It was kind of disgusting.”

The Lions are certainly used to hearing people call them out for cheap shots and illegal hits, but this is a no-win argument for Marshall. Detroit beat Chicago twice, and both wins are huge given how close the standings are. Now, it is Marshall’s team that will have to find a way to make up for it.

Brandon Marshall shares letter from his NFL fine for wearing green shoes

Brandon-Marshall-green-shoesChicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall expected to receive a fine for wearing green cleats against the New York Giants last Thursday night, and the league delivered its love letter right on schedule. Marshall, who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, chose to wear the green shoes to bring attention to Mental Health Awareness Week.

Marshall knew the cleats were against the NFL’s uniform policy, but he vowed to wear them anyway and match any fine the league levied against him with a donation to charity. On Wednesday morning, he shared a photo of the letter the league sent him informing him of his penalty.

Marshall lit up New York’s secondary on Thursday, catching nine passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. His shoes were mentioned on the NFL Network broadcast several times, and he later auctioned them off for $2,150 and donated that money as well. For someone who is playing under roughly a $50 million contract, the money Marshall had to pay the league was well worth it. He more than accomplished his goal.

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LeBron James, Brandon Marshall wear red suits on ESPYs red carpet


LeBron James picked an interesting time to try out the concept of blending in. As someone who has been crowned “The King” since he was 17 years old, LeBron is used to being noticed everywhere he goes. On Wednesday night at the ESPYs, cameras almost lost the two-time NBA Finals MVP as he was strutting down the red carpet wearing a red tuxedo.

And he wasn’t the only one. Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall also decided to bust out the red suit for the event, and his was even silkier. If you thought LeBron blended in with the red carpet, check out these threads:

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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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