Chicago Bears star wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a monster game in the 21-19 losing effort on Sunday that was decided by a missed two-point conversion try (big credit to Nick Fairley for getting into the backfield to disrupt a somewhat-tricky run with Matt Forte). Marshall had two touchdown receptions and well over 100 receiving yards, but the Bears lost the game for a few reasons. It was an extremely close one, but the Bears have to walk away from it all knowing that they have been swept by their rivals this season.
That didn’t stop Marshall from taking some shots at the Lions, and there were several interesting comments made by Marshall, including one in which he talks smack about Detroit’s financial situation. Heck, he even called Detroit “little”.
“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.”
And then there’s his convoluted comparison of the Detroit Lions to the Chicago Bears “little brother”. Losing with grace apparently isn’t in Marshall’s vocabulary, but I find his take on things quite humorous. I doubt/hope he isn’t being serious here, and I guess the brashness will help Marshall out. We’ll see if the NFC North can take two teams to the playoffs this year, because it’s going to be difficult to beat out the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers as wild card teams in the NFC.
Here’s one final quote from Marshall, in which he takes a stab at the Lions defensive line for “borderline illegal” play. The Lions have been frequently criticized for playing dirty, with most of that criticism being directed to the defensive line. ”They’re borderline illegal. 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. It seemed like it was game planned, but it was borderline. You can’t say it was illegal. But it was definitely one of those things where you say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to pay attention to this.’”
Brandon Marshall is never afraid to speak his mind and is quite entertaining, but he gets on the nerves of many. To read more interesting thoughts from the Bears star wideout, check out the rest of the piece from ESPN Chicago’s Michael C. Wright.