So what? Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall voiced his displeasure with his role, or lack thereof, in the offense earlier this week. Basically, he said the Bears are not paying him about $9 million to not make a play, and in justifying his comments he used a coping mechanism he learned during treatment for his borderline personality disorder.
It’s admirable Marshall continues to raise awareness for that cause (he said he plans to wear lime green shoes Thursday night for Mental Health Awareness Week), but he should not use a coping mechanism for something as serious as that and relate toward a sport. This seems like he is using it as a platform to act out, and that is not right.
Chicago Bears need not stress over Marshall
On the football side of things, his comments, while selfish, are nothing to worry about. Yes, he is being paid $9 million, He is still a very important piece of the puzzle for the Bears in this new offense, being utilized more and more as a blocker for running back Matt Forte or tight end Martellus Bennett. Even if he is not getting the targets he thinks he should be getting, there needs to be a realization that he is just as important doing the other things required of him.
If he would have realized that he, by being double-covered most of the game last Sunday, helped wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on his way to breaking a Bears record in yards in a single game, maybe those comments would not have been made nor talked about.
He should have taken a page from defensive end Corey Wootton, who was moved to defensive tackle after Henry Melton tore his ACL in a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wootton did not make a scene over the move, rather he quietly accepted it and continued to play with the team in mind.
Marshall spoke about this to reporters twice in three days, both times in the press room at Halas Hall. That is a little troubling, considering head coach Marc Trestman insisted that Marshall has been a professional for the time they have been working together. A professional would not use such a public platform to voice his concerns, he would speak to a coach or multiple coaches behind closed doors and hash out the specific issue.
The wideout made these comments back in July, advocating Cutler to pass the ball to the other guys more- “That’s probably the reason I got hurt, I had so many receptions,” Marshall said. “I’m looking forward to passing some along.”
In the NFL, this is not surprising. A star player seems happy in the offense, then when he is not getting looks, he turns around and is unhappy. It has happened so often that when fans hear about it, they go about their business like nothing has happened with the knowledge that it will blow over soon.
Luckily for Marshall, the New York Giants come to town for Thursday Night Football. After this week, Bears fans will only have this to say about the receiver’s comments —