Yesterday at Soldier Field, reportedly just minutes after the Chicago Bears had left the field and moved into their locker room, yelling could be heard from inside the double doors. And not the good kind of yelling. The Chicago Bears had just lost (27-14) to the Miami Dolphins, and a source cited by ESPN says that the yelling was Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Who was Marshall yelling at? Reportedly, Brandon Marshall was yelling at Jay Cutler, only he wasn’t just yelling at the Bears quarterback — he was calling him out for the loss. However, apparently it’s not unusual for Marshall to voice his opinion of the Bears quarterback since he and Cutler are good friends off the field.
After the team came out of the locker room, Brandon Marshall was asked about the yelling and frustration in the locker room.
“We lost, there should be a lot of frustration. You should hear frustration. We’re 3-4. Yeah, this means everything to a lot of guys in this locker room. This means a lot.”
Although sources also claimed that Brandon Marshall also yelled at kicker Robbie Gould in the locker room, Marshall wouldn’t confirm or deny it.
“Okay, were you in here? Were you in this locker room? This is a team matter. That has nothing to do with you. There’s a lot of guys this means a lot to. We’re 3-4. We need to play better. That’s unacceptable. That’s unacceptable. Unacceptable; shouldn’t have lost today, shouldn’t be 3-4. [The] offense [has] got to play better. It’s as simple as that.”
During the game with Miami, Cutler threw an interception and was credited for two fumbles (one came as the result of Ka’Deem Carey dropping a lateral). The Dolphins scored a total of 10 points off of Cutler turnovers, (this season as a whole, the Bears’ opponents have scored a total of 37 points off of Cutler turnovers). Cutler has turned the ball over numerous times in each of the Bears’ losses this year, though the quarterback hasn’t had a single turnover in each of their wins.
Brandon Marshall did comment on the turnovers.
“Same mistakes, same mistakes, same mistakes, We’ve got to protect the football. We’ve got to protect the football. We’ve got to execute the game plan. We’ve got to adjust when things don’t go as we saw on the film. We’ve got Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte. We’ve got a stud offensive line. We’ve got a great, great group of guys, and this is unacceptable. What did we put up, 14 points? Was it 14 points? That’s unacceptable.”
Bears coach Marc Trestman said, “[I] told our team today was an unacceptable performance,” but the head coach took responsibility for the loss.
Despite calling out Cutler and Gould behind closed doors, Marshall still told the press that he has confidence in the offense.
“My confidence is still there. Alshon Jeffery’s confidence is still there. Martellus Bennett’s confidence is there.”
As to Marshall’s opinion of quarterback Jay Cutler?
“Yeah, Jay’s a gunslinger. Jay’s our guy. Jay’s our leader.”
More complaints from the Bears players according to USA Today? Offensive guard Kyle Long called out the Chicago crowd at Soldier Field for booing the Bears for being down 14-0 at halftime. Long also claimed that Bears fans weren’t loud enough when Miami was on offense.
The Bears schedule doesn’t get any easier. Next Sunday, Chicago travels to New England to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots, and the week after that Cutler and his team travel up to the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field to take on their arch enemies, the Green Bay Packers.
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