Brandon Marshall respects that Lovie Smith respects him

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Brandon Marshall thinks he’s going to be able to flourish in Chicago, for the same  reason Jay Cutler and Julius Peppers did before him.

Marshall said the leadership of Bears coach Lovie Smith has been a breath of fresh air for him, allowing him to perform without pressure.

“I’ve been in situations in the past where we were treated like kids, like a high school football team, and guys would rebel,” Marshall told Albert Breer of “Guys police themselves here. So when it comes to curfew, things like that, you don’t see guys sneaking out their rooms during camp. Everyone understands their position, everyone understands that, ‘Hey, he’s treating us like men and we need to be professionals.’

“I appreciate that part of it — it makes you wanna work that much harder.”

Cutler and Peppers were both productive in previous stops, but seem more at ease in Chicago. For Peppers in particular, being in a larger market affords him some anonymity he never enjoyed in his home state, where he was the Panthers’ name player after a standout career at North Carolina.

But while Peppers likes to blend in, Marshall thinks being in a market the size of Chicago gives him a platform to speak out about borderline personality disorder.

But on the field, the ability to play for a coach he trusts could bring something out of him that has been absent before.

“Perception and reality isn’t always exactly what you think it is,” Smith said. “We’ve done our research on all the guys we’ve brought in. And nobody’s past is ever perfect. But I do believe in giving a guy a second chance. I don’t know many perfect people that haven’t made some mistakes, or had it where some things just haven’t worked out for them. Divorce, sometimes, is a good thing. I hate to say it, but it is.

“For us, we give them a fresh start here, we have an excellent locker room, we have an excellent group of teammates. So if you want a second chance, you want to win football games and you want to do it the right way, this is a perfect place for you.”

Playing Father Flanagan only works as long as the team’s winning, so if Smith can keep Marshall and the Bears on track, everything should be fine. If not, the problems are practically inevitable, and you can bet the next coach will be some Greg Schiano-type who demands discipline.

11 responses to “Brandon Marshall respects that Lovie Smith respects him

  1. That’s a lot of respect going on….you have to respect that. I will respect B. Marshall a lot more if he blows up this year when I take him in my FF league!

  2. So says the player who threw a fit at practice and kicked the football or accidentally slipped on a McDonalds bag and nearly severed his tendons in his arm, or blames non-player coaches that he can’t catch a football. Whatever…Brandon…for once, take ownership of your actions. This year…you have nobody to blame for your overrated performance..I hope u prove me wrong.

  3. Where is this nonsense about being an overrated player coming from? He’s put up 1000+ yards every season since he’s been a full time starter and has been one of the top 10-15 receivers every year, even when he’s had the scrubs in Miami and Kyle Orton throwing to him.

    Also, the final paragraph of this article is ridiculous. Lovie Smith has played his “Father Flanagan” act for 9 years now and the Bears have been one of the best locker rooms in the NFL.

    Stop trying so hard to reach for a story or a witty ending. You look foolish.

  4. @hyzers

    Borderline Personality Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder are two completely different disorders with different symptomology.

    Borderline Personality Disorder does not include the occurrence of multiple personalities.

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