Bears receiver Brandon Marshall: ‘I have to be accountable’
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Twitter: @AdamJahns December 19, 2012 2:42PM
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A few days after an emotional press conference where he demanded more accountability from the Bears’ offense, wide receiver Brandon Marshall was all smiles when he met the media Wednesday at Halas Hall.
He didn’t issue an public apologies or really express any regrets for the comments he made after losing to the Green Bay Packers. Instead, Marshall clarified his remarks and talked about learning to become a better leader for the Bears.
“What I meant was, you can lead in so many different ways,” Marshall said. “I have to be accountable to what I put on tape. That’s why I went back to the Green Bay game -- my blocking wasn’t great. I think it was the third play of the game. I was supposed to stay outside and Tramon [Williams] got inside of me and tackled Matt [Forte] for a three-yard gain when that could’ve went for 20 or 30 yards.
“I have to be accountable to Matt, and I have to be accountable to the offensive coordinator and the players and this organization for my play. I think the best teams succeed when we hold each other accountable and we do that.”
How did his teammates react to his words?
“When you make a comment like that, it’s almost guaranteed that you’re going to rub some people the wrong way, and then there’s some people that might respond to it in a positive way,” Marshall said. “It’s a little bit of both.”
Did general manager Phil Emery, Lovie Smith or other coaches talk to him about it?
“Well, maybe that was a comment that maybe I should have kept to myself and kept in-house,” Marshall said. “And with that being said, any response I got from anybody in the organization, I’ll keep that private.”
Without question, Marshall has been the Bears’ best player this season. He’s already set two franchise records with 107 receptions and seven 100-yard receiving games. And he should set another soon, trailing Marcus Robinson’s single-season total of 1,400 receiving yards by two.
But Marshall also has become the most open and vocal player on the team. He’s fast becoming one of the faces of a franchise that always has revered its defensive players.
“I think people are responding in a positive way,” Marshall said. “You hear the word accountability being thrown around, you see guys starting to look at themselves, and that’s what it’s about, especially this time of the season when you’re sitting where we’re sitting. You take a look in the mirror and you figure what you need to do to get better.”
Marshall also said he’s put the emotions of the loss against Green Bay behind him.
“Of course, we put a lot of work into this game and it’s our job, so it’s natural to be frustrated when things aren’t going the right way,” Marshall said. “And with recent events -- and in Newtown (Conn.) -- things like that, when you sit back and watch what’s going on in the world, it puts what we’re doing in perspective.
“It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t suck or it’s tough, but definitely with what we’re trying to accomplish, and what’s in front of us, you can’t really spend too much time in the past. As of right now, that’s over.”