Marion Barber says Bears need to “just go on to the next game”

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Bears running back Marion Barber is still avoiding most of the Chicago media, but he did talk to the team’s official web site today, in his first public comments since two huge mistakes lost the Bears the game against the Broncos.

“We’ve just got to go ahead and move on like I said, and just learn from it and just go on to the next game remaining enthusiastic about finishing out the season strong,” Barber said.

Barber certainly needs to learn not to go out of bounds while the Bears are nursing a lead late in the fourth quarter, and not to fumble while fighting for extra yardage while the Bears are already in field goal range in overtime. Those two mistakes cost the Bears the game on Sunday, and since those two mistakes he has refused to talk to the media, despite NFL rules requiring all players to make themselves available to reporters. Today Barber spoke only to the team’s web site and one local radio station.

Barber did say that teammates, especially Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, have been supportive since the loss to the Broncos.

“Guys here are great,” Barber said. “That was a blessing and that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day because that’s who we are. I believe that being here even though it’s been for this short period of time, the fellas in there, you’ve got some big dogs, ‘Lach, Briggs, the offensive line, and it’s just great to have that going to the next game with that on your shoulders, knowing that guys have got love for you.”

It’s been largely overlooked that beyond those two huge mistakes, Barber was the Bears’ best offensive player on Sunday: He was responsible for more than half of the Bears’ yards from scrimmage and scored the Bears’ only touchdown. Unfortunately, no matter how much Barber wants to move on to the next game, no one is going to forget the two mistakes that cost the Bears the last game.

34 responses to “Marion Barber says Bears need to “just go on to the next game”

  1. He my as well not have talked, He didn’t say squat. Of course you just want to move on, but the fans have a right to know what the hell you were thinking when you went out of bounds?
    I wonder if he has anything to say about his Dallas buddy ol Holy Sam?

  2. No, actually, I forgot about his mistakes soon after he made them. What the media overlooked is that the team ‘playing not to lose’ by running 10 straight running plays or whatever and a using a prevent defense with everyone 30 yards downfield is a sure way to let the other team score at will. Bear fans will never forget lapses in football IQ by the coaching staff at the end of the game

  3. Really? Barber needs to learn to not fumble and not go out of bounds?

    The way you talk about it, it sounds like barber beelined for the sidelines confused about how football works rather than being pushed out by denver’s defense as he tried to stay in.

    And it was a strip fumble again by a great defensive play. Barber didn’t take the hand off and set it on the ground.

    And I hate it when people say that 2 plays decided the game. Chicago’s defense had all the chances in the world to stop the Broncos offensive and Chicago’s offense had plenty of chances to score.

    Barber’s fumble wouldn’t have happened and the out of bounds wouldn’t have mattered if they were up by 20 points.

  4. The die for the Bears was cast when they decided Caleb was going to be second on the depth chart. This loss stings, and yes Marion was at fault, but their playoff hopes were broken when Cutler’s thumb was broken.

  5. smokingconch says: Dec 15, 2011 3:15 PM

    Really? Barber needs to learn to not fumble and not go out of bounds?

    The way you talk about it, it sounds like barber beelined for the sidelines confused about how football works rather than being pushed out by denver’s defense as he tried to stay in.
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    Well put man. It seems as if more and more this site is football ignorant. I feel like 95% of those of us who comment know more about the game then most of these guys.

  6. Barber has been in the league long enough to know how and what it takes to run the clock. This year games a won on a regular basis in the final minute. The quality of the defensive players has diminished over the past few seasons, coupled with the rule changes making things easier for the offense. Clock management is an important part of the game and his job is to know the situation. Just moving on from his mistakes will do a diservice to the defense of the Bears who placed the team in a position to win, not give the game away.

  7. smokingconch says:
    Dec 15, 2011 3:15 PM
    Really? Barber needs to learn to not fumble and not go out of bounds?

    The way you talk about it, it sounds like barber beelined for the sidelines confused about how football works rather than being pushed out by denver’s defense as he tried to stay in.

    And it was a strip fumble again by a great defensive play. Barber didn’t take the hand off and set it on the ground.

    And I hate it when people say that 2 plays decided the game. Chicago’s defense had all the chances in the world to stop the Broncos offensive and Chicago’s offense had plenty of chances to score.

    Barber’s fumble wouldn’t have happened and the out of bounds wouldn’t have mattered if they were up by 20 points.
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    No accountability for poor play?

  8. Agree a little bit smokingconch. Fumbles happen. Can’t get too mad about that. But the out of bounds thing. Have you ever seen a player not stay in bounds in that situation? I mean ever. Cause I don’t think I’ve ever in 20 years of watching football seen a guy go out of bounds like that. Man. Just fall down dude. Just fall down. That saves us all an entire week of agony seeing Tim Tebow everywhere we look.

    That’s honest to god the worst I’ve ever taken a Bears loss. The super bowl loss wasn’t as bad as that game. The last 3 Packer games haven’t even been that bad. 5 days later I’m still filled with rage just thinking back to it.

  9. Typical MB III. Makes a bonehead a series of bonehead plays and is unwilling to stand up and be accountable. However, he always more than willing to play locker room politics. His former running mates TO and Tank Johnson will attest to how vocal he can be behind the scenes. Don’t look for any positive leadership and accountability from this clown. Sorry Chi-town but you now know what Cowboy fans have known for years.

  10. I’d believe every single word I ever heard from TO and Tank Johnson. Quality, stand up guys ya got there.

  11. The rule “requiring all players to make themselves available to reporters” is a stupid rule. If the guy doesn’t want to talk, he shouldn’t have too, or at the very least he should simply NO COMMENT every question!

  12. If Jerry is fired…..as we all hope
    all the Dallas garbage will be gone and the Bears will not waste their first round draft pick as hey normally do!!!!!

  13. Can we all agree that even without those 2 mistakes Tebow would still find a way to win? He’s just that good!

  14. “beelined for the sidelines” is a weak
    straw man argument.

    The problem is that all he needed to do
    was go down in the field of play to secure
    the victory. Pretty damned easy.

    He wasn’t trying to lose…but he also
    failed to do something easy to win
    …and that cost his team a game.

  15. OK

    Then why didn’t “Lovey”, whatever kind of a fu@ked up name that is, have his QB take a knee and not risk a fumble or other mistake?

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    lance19 says:
    Dec 15, 2011 8:46 PM
    “beelined for the sidelines” is a weak
    straw man argument.

    The problem is that all he needed to do
    was go down in the field of play to secure
    the victory. Pretty damned easy.

    He wasn’t trying to lose…but he also
    failed to do something easy to win
    …and that cost his team a game.

  16. “…why didn’t “Lovey”…have his QB take a knee and not risk a fumble or other mistake?”

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    Lovey didn’t tell ME…but my guess would be that he expected a 7-year professional to play like one.

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