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Brandon Marshall: The past few weeks have been frustrating

Chicago Bears' Marshall breaks away from a tackle by San Diego Chargers' Weddle during their pre-season NFL football game in Chicago Reuters

The Bears got a monster game from Alshon Jeffery in Sunday’s loss to the Saints and it came in large part because New Orleans shut down Brandon Marshall.

Marshall had four catches for 30 yards and a touchdown on five throws his way, continuing a three-game trend that’s seen defenses successfully stop Marshall from making big plays in the passing game. Marshall admitted to feeling frustrated by the extra attention that defenses have been paying him and put the onus on himself to make things work better in the future.

“I have to do a better job of putting myself in position to beat double coverage and try to make myself more quarterback-friendly, so I can make a play for our offense,” Marshall said, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. “So the past few weeks have been frustrating.”

Bears coach Marc Trestman said he needs to do more to get Marshall involved, but big games from Jeffery may be just the ticket to get things rolling for all the receivers. Teams may continue to prioritize stopping Marshall, although they’ll be doing it at the risk of letting Jeffery get free for 10 catches and 218 yards. The Saints were able to survive, but it is a dangerous way to live defensively.

Marshall wasn’t critical of what the Bears have done the last few weeks, saying that they’re doing “what’s best for the team.” A productive Marshall is part of what’s best for the team and Jeffery’s emergence should help restore it.

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21 Responses to “Brandon Marshall: The past few weeks have been frustrating”
  1. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 7, 2013 11:43 AM

    yea FF owners of marshall are saying the same thing, we drafted the wrong Wr , jeffrey is killing him right now

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 7, 2013 11:46 AM

    Reality hit the Bears just like it’s gonna hit the Chiefs, right between the eyes.

  3. chefbob52355 says: Oct 7, 2013 11:53 AM

    This is all on the Bears coaching staff for not making the half time adjustment. Moving Marshall around would have complicated things for the Saints and given him at least a few good looks. To me, the jury is still out on Trestman

  4. Waffle 2.0 says: Oct 7, 2013 11:55 AM

    Marshall is just frustrated because, as a top WR, if you feel that the offense is stalling like in the first half of the game and you aren’t targeted, even on short, momentum gaining throws, that the offense is missing the simplest way to get things going.

    The fact is that M.Bennett, Marshall and Jeffrey are being used incorrectly.

    M.Bennett was barely targeted in the first half when a 5 or 6yd pass on first down, like the saints do, would have been a great momentum shifter.
    Marshall needs to be moved around in the formation to get him the ball early and take the pressure off of the line and Cutler.

    It’s not rocket science. Just watch the Saints run their short and mid range passing game for a great example. High percentage throws to gain momentum.

  5. thepftpoet says: Oct 7, 2013 11:55 AM

    NFC North Final Standings:
    Vikings 10-6
    Lions 9-7
    Bears 8-8
    Packers 6-10

  6. hyzers says: Oct 7, 2013 12:06 PM

    Whens the last time you’ve heard Megatron cry about double coverage?

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 7, 2013 12:07 PM

    Brandon should follow Jay’s lead and pout about it.

  8. lightcleric says: Oct 7, 2013 12:10 PM

    Can’t blame him for being frustrated, but kudos for not throwing his coach/QB under the bus like a lot of WRs do(Mike Wallace) when they don’t get the ball.

  9. thedano says: Oct 7, 2013 12:11 PM

    Marshall has more targets and catches than he did through 5 weeks a year ago…….when he ended with 118 catches.

    He’ll still finish the year with 100-110 catches.

    He has some diva in him, and he wants to be more involved when they lose games. I don’t see the big issue. They’ll get him involved plenty.

  10. thedano says: Oct 7, 2013 12:12 PM

    -thepftpoet

    Vikings at 10-6?

    LOLOL, isn’t it a little early in the day to be sipping Grandma’s ole cough medicine??

  11. losangeleslions says: Oct 7, 2013 12:31 PM

    Brandon Marshall’s credibility and input on any topic is comical at best. I’ll never forget last year when Suh had the sack on cutler (that was considered a legal hit by the league ) and Marshall tweeted “A Suh. Something I’ve learned and now passing down to you. Succeed with character”. Yes Brandon, because beating women and a legal sack both generate identical life lessons….

  12. losangeleslions says: Oct 7, 2013 12:34 PM

    By the way bear fans, how’s 2nd place for another week feel? Hey, at least you’re ahead of the packers right? :)

  13. thedano says: Oct 7, 2013 12:40 PM

    -losangeleslions

    Anyone who defends Suh has their credibility and input on topics lean towards the comical side as well.

    Lions fans talk trash about being in 1st after 5 weeks, because they are never in first after 17.

  14. crik911 says: Oct 7, 2013 12:46 PM

    losangeleslions says: Oct 7, 2013 12:34 PM

    By the way bear fans, how’s 2nd place for another week feel? Hey, at least you’re ahead of the packers right? :)

    —————-

    What a minute here, your name is LA Lions. You don’t honestly think that the Lions are moving to LA?

    Just you wait the Lions have tons of time to poo the bed, but I do admit your team is performing well on D. Great pressure and nice back end to help them out.

  15. cfos00 says: Oct 7, 2013 12:54 PM

    I have no problems at all with him being frustrated here. He should be personally, and most wrs would love the ball about every play. At least he seems to completely understand that it opens up plays for other players, and Jay isn’t trying to force everything into him like he has in years past. Marshall will get his, it just won’t be as much now that we have other credible threats. They aren’t the problem right now. It would be nice of the defense to try and stop someone this year. The LBs not named Briggs have been invisible, as has the pass rush.

  16. jasonatomic says: Oct 7, 2013 12:54 PM

    It’s Alshon “Jeffery.”

    Jesus, dude. You managed to misspell it four times in one article.

  17. twobluegills says: Oct 7, 2013 1:09 PM

    Hey people welcometo reality, where the Bears lose to teams that are not Pittsburgh or Minnesota. The just aren’t that good.

  18. chicagogiantsfan says: Oct 7, 2013 1:20 PM

    Don’t worry Bears fans. The Bears play the Giants on Thursday. All will be well (at least for a week) come Friday morning.

  19. beardownfromcali says: Oct 7, 2013 2:36 PM

    Could it be that Marshall has more coverage due to the fact he was the only target for so long? Ashlon started to step up late last year and really turned it on this year. If we can just get healthy and consistent on defense.

  20. chi01town says: Oct 8, 2013 9:12 PM

    Emery needs to go after a young DT
    and start getting the defense younger up front. put Bostic on the field now. its time to get young. and by the way I wouldnt mind seeing Chicago get a new staidium…. the CHICAGO WIND DOME!! sounds good to me.

  21. wnstonchill says: Oct 9, 2013 11:28 AM

    This is how a player conducts himself when he, in the classiest way he knows, puts himself before his team. Marshall is mega talented and deserves props for what he’s done in this league, but he’s not fooling anyone in regards to his being selfish and trying to hide that fact behind all of his “refined” speeches to the media. In short, great player, but a mental midget………….

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