Posted December 12, 2012

Brandon Marshall on Bears-Packers rematch: ‘This is personal’

Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers
Brandon Marshall didn't find much room to work against Tramon Williams. (Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE)

Brandon Marshall didn’t find much room to work against Tramon Williams. (Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE)

The Green Bay Packers shut down Brandon Marshall back in Week 2. Or, at least, that’s what Packers DBs Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson said — with the stats to support them.

Marshall’s not buying it.

“This is the biggest game of my career,” said Marshall of Sunday’s Packers-Bears rematch, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “I heard exactly what (Williams) and Woodson said after the game. This is personal.

“I have never been shut out in one-on-one coverage in my life.”

The comments came as part of an energetic session with the media from the star Chicago wide receiver on Wednesday, four days before Chicago hosts Green Bay with the NFC North division title still up for grabs. Green Bay won the first meeting between the two teams, 23-10, with Marshall making just two catches for 24 yards.

More from Marshall:

Williams said after that Week 2 Green Bay win that “We know Jay (Cutler) was looking to go to Marshall. You want to take that away from him early. He stopped looking at him, and at that point he probably didn’t start looking back at him until the end of the game. We got what we wanted out of the scheme.”

(That quote, by the way, appears as part of an Associated Press story linked on Williams’ official website, with the headline “Williams shuts down Bears’ Marshall”.)

Woodson, who may return this week after sitting out multiple games with a collarbone injury, was more critical of Cutler — “(Marshall) wasn’t open. What do you want him to do?”

“We understand that Jay’s excited about his new weapons, but it’s the same old Jay,” Woodson told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols following his team’s win. “We don’t need luck, we just need to be in position. Jay will throw us the ball.”

Cutler threw four interceptions in the teams’ earlier game, as Green Bay streaked out to a 13-0 halftime lead and pulled in front by as much as 20.

Since that Chicago loss, Marshall has put up 1,199 yards receiving to push him over 1,300 for the year. He’s also coming off his two best games of the season, yardage-wise — Marshall made 10 catches for 165 yards in a Week 12 loss to Seattle, then went for 10 and 160 last Sunday in Minnesota.

He figures to see Williams for most of the day Sunday, with the Packers likely providing a little extra help unless one of Chicago’s other receivers breaks loose.

Can Marshall and the Bears get revenge Sunday? If not, don’t expect Marshall to credit his words for motivating Green Bay.

“If you need words to get your team going or get riled up, that’s sad,” Marshall said. “Bulletin-board material … that is baloney.”

15 comments
AlKohollick
AlKohollick

Marshall has only been with the Bears for less than one year. And now he is an "expert" at the rivalry with the team from up north? How does he know how heated this supposed rivalry is when he has only participated in one of the Bears-Packers games?  C'mon man. Why is Marshall up there at the podium talking like a pro wrestler trying to hype his next match on Pay-per-View? I would submit that he's up there talking a bunch of junk because the Bears Front Office/PR Dept. "encouraged" him to go out there and talk up some talking points that they had ready for him. It seems to me the Bears Front Office are trying to deflect attention away from the fact that they are 1-4 in their last games, haven't beat a real good team all year, and are trending towards not making the playoffs, again.

Kris
Kris

Amazing how neither of those players slighted Marshall in the least. They were slamming Cutler. Tramon was right, they covered Marshall well and neutralized him as a threat then, as Charles said, Cutler started throwing the ball to the wrong team.

 

Do whatever you think you need to motivate yourself Brandon, but don't blame the Packers for your sorry quarterback.

beyertr1
beyertr1

“If you need words to get your team going or get riled up, that’s sad,” Marshall said. “Bulletin-board material … that is baloney.”

 

 “I heard exactly what (Williams) and Woodson said after the game. This is personal."

 

Am I the only one who see a contradiction in these statements.

destin507
destin507

Funny how the Bears always seem to hibernate this time of year. Feeling constipated huh? Cheese will do that to ya teddy bear. The Pack is Stacked and will not Slack.

destin507
destin507

As a Saints fan, I still prefer Green Bay.

Dana2
Dana2

For those who didn't watch Marshall's behavior closely in Denver / Miami

 

Marshall, despite his physical gifts in football

is a narcissistic headcase - 

- if he has a bad game and the Bears get stomped

watch him crash and burn soon after.

 

 

matt37
matt37

Way to make it all about you, Brandon.  Bears are going to get shellacked.

Tom_Weiland
Tom_Weiland

These games usually end up bad for the "talker."  See Cutler reference below.

idgafkurt
idgafkurt

It should be personal for all the Bears players considering how badly the Packers have dominated them of late - 5 in a row, including the NFC Title game at Solider in 2011...

MattSchmidt
MattSchmidt

Brandon seems to forget that Tramon and Charles were responding in part to Jay Cutler's "...good luck!" comments leading up to their week 2 game.   Have to see both sides, Brandon.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

We've got to commend the guy. Almost a year without violence involving women.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

The Bears vs. Packers border war has long been retired as the NFL's greatest rivalry. After 90+ years, it's time to move on already. We Packers are all grown up now, and settle our differences with Chicago on the playing field, and of late....business has been good!