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Brandon Marshall: Weather got in Cowboys’ heads


Bears receiver Brandon Marshall says he knew during pregame warmups that the Cowboys couldn’t handle the bitter Chicago cold on Monday night.

We beat Dallas last night before the game started,” Marshall said on ESPN 1000. “When it was [receiver] Alshon [Jeffery], myself, Earl Bennett and some of the other guys outside warming up pregame, there was only a handful of Dallas players. I looked around and I said, ‘Man, we’ve got these guys.'”

Marshall said players on the Bears went about pregame warmups as usual without thinking about the cold, while players on the Cowboys appeared to prefer staying in the locker room and dread going out into the cold.

“The elements were already in their heads,” Marshall said. “So pregame, I believe that we won. I’m pretty sure there [would have been] more guys out there if it wasn’t colder, but they weren’t out there. For us, once you start putting on sleeves and start doing things differently, you buy into the elements and the game is over.”

Dealing with the weather was particularly important during this chilly weekend in the NFL. The Bears looked a lot more comfortable in it than the Cowboys.

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  1. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 10, 2013 9:16 PM

    I watched that game and wholeheartedly agree.

  2. jpb12 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:17 PM

    November’s team.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 10, 2013 9:18 PM

    He had a great interview after the game talking about working on the mental aspects of the game and how he has been able to share that with Alshon Jeffrey to help him. It was something he felt he didn’t have available to him earlier in his career and he thinks that has helped Alshon to develop as a player.

  4. doe22us says: Dec 10, 2013 9:19 PM

    Not only the weather, they were beaten like a rented mule.. The Cowboys suck period.

  5. veence69 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:22 PM

    Early in the game they had a shot of the Cowboys defense huddled around the heaters while their offense was on the field.

    It was obvious very early on that they didn’t have a chance.

  6. chaseutley says: Dec 10, 2013 9:24 PM

    Nobody will ever cop to it, but the same thing might have happened in Philly on Sunday.

  7. garryjercia says: Dec 10, 2013 9:24 PM

    Plus it’s December

  8. vavikingfan says: Dec 10, 2013 9:24 PM

    That and the fact Dallas is continually overrated.

  9. gammynomnom says: Dec 10, 2013 9:24 PM

    So it was Ahlon, Bennet, himself and some others? Sounds like they didn’t have any more players out there than Dallas.

    You won because Dallas defense is pathetic, Its pathetic in warm or cold, and its on a historically pathetic pace.
    Their O scored 28 points so they could not have been that affected, they average 27 a game.

  10. veence69 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:24 PM

    I remember hearing Chad Greenway just a week ago during an interview saying he never goes near the heaters. “Once you go over there, you never want to leave.”

    That was the Cowboys defense last night.

  11. bullpuppy552 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:27 PM

    The biggest reason the Bears won is because the Cowboys defense was so depleted by injuries they had a bunch of scrubs playing who couldn’t stop a crippled old lady.

  12. chulavistabob says: Dec 10, 2013 9:28 PM

    The NFC East is by far the worst division in pro football. 4 and 11 in non divisional road games. 3
    of those wins by Philadelphia. You make a lot of money betting those three teams on the road.

  13. GenXJay says: Dec 10, 2013 9:28 PM

    the more Brandon speaks his mind, the more i smile & shake my head.

  14. fissels says: Dec 10, 2013 9:30 PM

    He’s 100% right. Dallas’defense showed no guts and looked like they didn’t want to be there. They don’t deserve to make the playoffs.

  15. evilbilly3 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:30 PM

    I watched the game too, and disagree. That defense played just as well as if they were at home. Dallas scored enough points to win, and now Brandon Marshall thinks they are the bomb. That same Dallas defense made Clint Ingram look like a stud, how many people are starting him on fantasy football?

  16. s0merand0mguy says: Dec 10, 2013 9:31 PM

    Won’t have that problem with the Eagles. McCoy ran for 217 yards bin 8 inches of snow breaking a franchise recorded recorded in 1949… So… Better be ready for a goooooood football game.

  17. docsweeney says: Dec 10, 2013 9:33 PM

    You’d think that professional athletes would be able to get past it but even when you live it in, cold like it is now is pretty cold. When you come from a place where you think 35 degrees is frigid, -7 is hell.

  18. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Dec 10, 2013 9:33 PM

    Yeah I’d probably be more inclined to blame the facts that the Cowboys defense is horrendous, Romo is a joke and McCown is a better quarterback than Quitler.
    On a side note I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a worse run defense than the Bears. When your safeties have to make almost every tackle it’s a real problem. They should cut all their linebackers today.

  19. BrownsTown says: Dec 10, 2013 9:33 PM

    Cowboys = SEC

  20. monkeyhateclean says: Dec 10, 2013 9:34 PM

    Same applies to Adrian Peterson. He’d NEVER played a game in snow, EVER, in his ENTIRE CAREER.

    Then he’s in BAL, on a snow field, and is tap-dancing like Fred Astaire.

    How very convenient that he hurt his ankle when he did (and also how convenient that neither X-Rays nor MRI showed anything wrong at all with his ankle).

    You know what NOT convenient for Mr AP? He’s going to be spending at LEAST the next 2 years play OUTSIDE in the cold, with NO DOME to protect him and his precious ankle, that cannot run when its cold and snowy in December.

    Minny would be lucky to trade AP for a used Green Bay jock strap right about now. But wouldn’t we all??!

  21. bleedgreen11 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:38 PM

    cowboys did look woeful, romo wouldn’t even play the entire game.

  22. moerawn says: Dec 10, 2013 9:40 PM

    Impossible. Their heads were up their anii and therefore warm.

  23. anarchopurplism says: Dec 10, 2013 9:42 PM

    Bud Grant agrees!

  24. mrlaloosh says: Dec 10, 2013 9:42 PM

    Cowgirls don’t like the chill. Green Bay and Denver should play in the idiotic outdoor Super Bowl. Maybe that would make it competive. Otherwise it will surely suck.

  25. abninf says: Dec 10, 2013 9:42 PM

    Dallas will be fine. The General Manager has three Lombardi’s to his name and has already assembled one Dynasty. The offense is ready for the Super Bowl today. A tweak here, a tweak there in the next few days by Mr. Jones and the defense will be fine.

  26. mizzousooner says: Dec 10, 2013 9:43 PM

    Are they really considering running Cutler back out there? Why?

  27. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Dec 10, 2013 9:45 PM

    It didn’t look like either team was interested in tackling.

  28. odessabucs says: Dec 10, 2013 9:51 PM

    Cowboy’s basic problem is poor leadership. An owner who’s ego thinks he’s a competent GM and the record over many years says otherwise. He is a stain on the Cowboy’s legacy.

    And a head coach who is only in his position because he cow tows to said GM. Perhaps he’s qualified to be an offensive assistant, but he is not a leader who inspires. He is in way over his head.

  29. lilpuppy says: Dec 10, 2013 9:59 PM

    if anybody would about something getting in their head the right man spoke up

  30. SparkyGump says: Dec 10, 2013 10:01 PM

    When you hire yes men for coaches, you can’t expect them to light a fire under their player’s behinds when they don’t have a fire in their own bellies.

    The Cowboys are going to be an average team as long as Jerry runs the show. Sad but true.

  31. patsfan1820 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:05 PM

    Both defenses were awful but I can see what Marshall is saying.

  32. hurricanegrabowski says: Dec 10, 2013 10:05 PM

    I thought the same thing. Most of the cowboys were all bundled up and in long sleeved. Whereas on the Bears, even some skill positioned guys went without extra sleeves. It can be a little bit of an advantage playing in, and getting used to the elements. Look at the advantage the Vikings used to have in the 70s when they played in the Met.

  33. kremis says: Dec 10, 2013 10:06 PM

    The weather got in the Steelers head also on Sunday! 5-8 hahaha

  34. guachosporlife says: Dec 10, 2013 10:06 PM

    Yeah, the defense was but a bunch of stiffs out there. No punts and the Bears scored on every possession.

  35. bobothegreatest says: Dec 10, 2013 10:07 PM

    Oil Man Jones, I mean winter screwed this team up..


  36. 6250claimer says: Dec 10, 2013 10:07 PM

    Romo’s a decent QB, but how does Jerry justify paying him $50m? Jerry must be like The Stork in Animal House – “we all thought he was brain damaged”. But in Jerry’s case, we were right.

  37. ahs2 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:10 PM

    Why cant this guy shut up?

  38. cutonadime25 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:11 PM

    2 Words its december go eagles

  39. richcranium2112 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:13 PM

    Obviously it’s been in Jerrah’s head for some time!

    Is there such a thing as a frozen zombie GM?

  40. eagleseagleseagles says: Dec 10, 2013 10:26 PM

    You get paid millions of dollars to play the game you love (or i hope you do), so why not embrace the elements and go out and have fun?

    I feel like the eagles did that and look what happened. The best part of the game was seeing Celek slide in the snow at the end of the game!

  41. rextraordinaire says: Dec 10, 2013 10:26 PM

    It got in the Cowboys’ bodies too I bet. I’ve lived in Chicago my whole life and even I say it was damn cold yesterday. I can’t imagine what it was like on the field. The air has a tendency to blow directly downwards at Soldier Field.

  42. beerbratscheese says: Dec 10, 2013 10:28 PM

    So he admits the weather beat the Cowboys and not the Bears….odd.

  43. 700levelvet says: Dec 10, 2013 10:31 PM

    Ladies and gentleman …
    “The most mediocre franchise in sports “…
    Your Dallas Cowboys

  44. hurricanegrabowski says: Dec 10, 2013 10:34 PM

    Or, the fact that it’s December got in Romo’s head.

  45. tooz72 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:39 PM

    plus it’s December and thats choke time for Dallas

  46. dengefever63 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:41 PM

    Cowboys can”t lose enough for me…

  47. raaz227httr says: Dec 10, 2013 10:42 PM

    That’s a reason to kick the cowboys out of the nfce.

  48. nextmanup81 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:46 PM

    Yup, I’d have to agree as well. That, and the Cowboys are just dog breath bad on defense. They’d sub in players on defense who’d limp onto the field while looking at the ground. Their body language said they were defeated.

  49. cutonadime25 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:48 PM

    4 Words its december go eagles

  50. ravenswhat says: Dec 10, 2013 10:53 PM

    The Cowboys have created a culture of mediocrity. For some reason, there is no fear of being avg within that organization. If this year isn’t a wake up call for jerry to wreck shop and hire a GM it will never happen.

  51. vontazemebro says: Dec 10, 2013 10:56 PM


    Patriots 59
    Titans 0

  52. elimanningsjustthrewpick6face says: Dec 10, 2013 10:58 PM

    Kiffin was getting his defensive plays from Madden 25 in his booth.

  53. kabasaman says: Dec 10, 2013 11:02 PM

    Wow, Jerry Jones is going to have to install Freezers in their practice facility.

  54. yourmomsnewfriend says: Dec 10, 2013 11:11 PM

    Collapsing in December got into the Cowboys’ heads.

  55. titansbro says: Dec 10, 2013 11:18 PM

    Yet they want to play a SB in this garbage.

  56. drbrown7451 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:33 PM

    It wasn’t just the weather that got into their heads of was having to play a tough team on the road in December.

  57. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 10, 2013 11:40 PM

    I’ll take it a step further, the bears won before the cowboys even got on the plane because the cowboys have Jerry Jones. The secret weapon for all 31 other teams.

  58. stunzeed5 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:43 PM

    Cowboys and their fans = soft

  59. jaimelh02 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:43 PM

    I saw the whole cowboy team huddled around the heater. I saw Romo almost knock down one of his team mates getting to the heater.

  60. steeltuff says: Dec 10, 2013 11:50 PM

    Jerrah has complete faith in Monte Kiffin to fix the defense. Now, can he lean on another coach to somehow find some players with the cajones to play a decent game when the weather gets cold?

  61. America's Team is God's Team says: Dec 10, 2013 11:50 PM

    False. The inability of the referees to call a fair game and their choosing of monetary compensation in exchange for a Bears win is why this game was lost. Everyone knows Dallas is the superior franchise. Marshall would be a number 4 WR on their roster.

    #Fluke #Corruption

  62. Ahmad Daniels says: Dec 10, 2013 11:58 PM

    As a person at the game the cowboy players were shivering and jumping around constantly. They were visibly shook. Gotta admit though… I was in the stands doing the same thing. I’m still getting feeling back in my toes. 😦

  63. jpk6044 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:02 AM

    Or it could be that the cowboys defense is a train wreck.

  64. sakit3 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:08 AM

    So football players who play from September to January/February have trouble with COLD winter weather?

  65. doublezero74 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:12 AM

    It’s not about wearing more or less layers, it’s about doing your job. I’ve seen guys wear sleeves and neck gaiters and perform as usual, I’ve seen guys with nothing extra on do the same. That’s the difference between truly mentally tough players and fake tough players

  66. bheikkila86 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:39 AM

    Maybe Brandon marshall is giving the weather as an excuse to the cowboys so they’ll be confident when they play the packers indoors this week

  67. halbert53 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:51 AM

    The Cowboys were literally numbskulls.

  68. landrysghost says: Dec 11, 2013 1:45 AM

    I saw it coming to. This team, this franchise is the softest Ive ever seen it in my 33 years of watching the game. Mediocrity has become the norm and I am embarrassed of this once great franchise. There aren’t 10 players on this team that I would use to start a new team. I can see why people are jumping ship of the beloved Cowboys wagon. It’s been garbage for years and the product that is being put out there week after week is dismal. I’m a lifelong fan of this franchise but

  69. holahey123 says: Dec 11, 2013 2:55 AM

    Cowboys (ala Jim Mora): Weather? Don’t talk about weather? Are you kidding me? Weather? We are just hoping to win a game.

  70. meatcarroll says: Dec 11, 2013 3:18 AM

    They shook, scared to death and scared to look. Cuz ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks.

  71. hollymeus says: Dec 11, 2013 3:22 AM

    chicago should build dome stadium

  72. rationalitybias says: Dec 11, 2013 3:26 AM

    Couldn’t you have just been PC? Just say they played hard and the Bears made more plays.

  73. dallas88kj says: Dec 11, 2013 4:13 AM

    Having seen every Cowboys game this season, I can’t say that I agree. Apart from a couple of games, the defense has sucked all year regardless of the weather…

  74. kingpel says: Dec 11, 2013 5:09 AM

    Why teams like St. Louis, Detroit and Minnesota don’t utilize this kind of homefield advantage is beyond me. That is downright hostile.

  75. dasmol says: Dec 11, 2013 5:50 AM

    Good thing the SuperBowl is played in a facility that neutralizes weather-based advantages. Oh, nevermind.

  76. omniscient48 says: Dec 11, 2013 5:57 AM

    Brandon Marshall is on to something here. But, I don’t blame the Cowboys for not wanting to go out on the field pre-game. It was darn cold out there!

  77. braven4evr says: Dec 11, 2013 6:40 AM

    Maybe Jerry Jones got into their heads, also!

  78. baltimorons says: Dec 11, 2013 7:23 AM

    The only solution is for jerry jones to install snow making machines throughout Dallas. Toughen up these southerners.

  79. henryd3rd says: Dec 11, 2013 7:25 AM

    That cold got to me and I was watching the game at home on TV.

  80. hehateme2 says: Dec 11, 2013 7:28 AM

    And yet the Miami Dolphins beat the Squealers in the snow…. go figure.

  81. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 11, 2013 7:33 AM

    The worst thing is not that you got your butt kicked…It’s that afterward your opponent says they saw the defeat in your eye before they even started

  82. ccjcsr says: Dec 11, 2013 7:41 AM

    Was it the Elements or the effects of a patch work defense that couldn’t stop an SEC team.

  83. coachkilla6 says: Dec 11, 2013 8:19 AM

    “The elements were already in my head.” This is the line Brandon fed the cops after he brutally assaulted his mother and his girlfriend. Great receiver but a POS as a man.

  84. greymares says: Dec 11, 2013 8:23 AM

    stop it the Cowboys just aren’t that good.

  85. kastout11 says: Dec 11, 2013 8:24 AM

    Couldn’t agree more. The Cowboys are soft. The Lions at least put up a challenge in Philly, they just got worn out in the 4th quarter, and then Philly dominated them.

  86. oldbyrd says: Dec 11, 2013 8:35 AM

    The December Tony Romo Show.

  87. Seabass1970 says: Dec 11, 2013 8:40 AM

    or the cowboys AGAIN failed in a big game

  88. kenny2neworleans says: Dec 11, 2013 8:41 AM

    Watching this game you could really see how this guy has turned his life around. He is an excellent teammate now, blocking down field and running over to congratulate other receivers. So you see Washington fans, there still hope for RGme!

  89. wannabear says: Dec 11, 2013 8:42 AM

    This was a morale loss for the cowardboys

  90. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 11, 2013 8:56 AM

    The Cowboys are constantly in their own heads. It’s easy to psyche them out and beat them.

  91. bill4544 says: Dec 11, 2013 9:06 AM

    Romo was running to the heaters every chance he got .

  92. taosravenfan says: Dec 11, 2013 9:28 AM

    He is spot on. And BTW- is there any combo of two receivers in the nfl better than Marshall and jefferies?

  93. dallashomer says: Dec 11, 2013 9:31 AM

    The Cowboys had the opportunity to conduct their last practice in Dallas before the game in 20 degree, icey conditions. They chose to practice indoors instead. Absolutely, they’re soft.

  94. fissels says: Dec 11, 2013 10:02 AM

    No guts on this Cowboy team. No Glory

  95. ccjcsr says: Dec 11, 2013 10:30 AM

    700levelvet says:
    Dec 10, 2013 10:31 PM
    Ladies and gentleman …
    “The most mediocre franchise in sports “…
    Your Dallas Cowboys

    And the most envied in the NFL!


  96. n0hopeleft says: Dec 11, 2013 10:35 AM

    Waaaaaaaaaaaa! The Superbowl will be played in the cold… Waaaaaaaaaaaa!

    What if the NFC Championship is played in the freezing cold, like in Green Bay, like in 2007?

    Or in rainy and muddy San Fran, like in 2011?

    A team has to play through those conditions just to get to a sunny warm indoor game?

    People are getting SOFT.

  97. libradad53 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:40 AM

    Brandon Marshall continues to impress me with the change in attitude, leadership he has shown. He is an example of the power of recovery over mental illness. And he is right about the cold. I watched Romo several times run off the field and go straight to a heater during breaks in the action, Time-outs, etc. Not to the coaches, but to the heater. These are not the Same Cowboys. “Jerry’s World” has made them soft. Couldn’t happen to a better team. Tom Landry is spinning in his grave…..

  98. deweyaxewound says: Dec 11, 2013 11:48 AM

    Marshall is absolutely right about this — the weather affected the Cowboys much more so than the Bears. It was plain as day — you could see it in their body language all game long.

    But that wasn’t the only factor – the Cowboys’ defense is/was really awful, too. But guess what?


    So, quit trying to take something away from the Bears. Pretty much equally lousy defenses cancel each other out. You have to give a lot of credit to the Bears offense, because they still had to go out there into hell’s deep chest freezer and execute at the level they did.

    So, to answer the question as to what caused the Cowboys loss? The answers are not mutually exclusive – it’s threefold:

    1. Weather
    2. Lousy defense
    3. GREAT play and execution by the Bears’ offense (add in a little “do it for Ditka” motivation)

    = great win by the Bears.

  99. backdapack4evr says: Dec 11, 2013 2:29 PM

    Please start jay!!!!

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