Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall felt embarrassed after his team's 51-23 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 8 of the 2014 NFL season.
Brandon Marshall is in disbelief as to how the Chicago Bears' season has gone so far.
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Marshall told Chicago's WMVP-AM on Monday (via The Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell) that he was "embarrassed" after the Bears' 51-23 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 8 which dropped his team's record to 3-5 on the season:
"Brandon Marshall said he was 'shell-shocked' and 'embarrassed' during the Bears' 51-23 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.
"'I think a lot of people are in shock right now because this is totally unexpected,' Marshall said Monday on the Waddle & Silvy Show on WMVP-AM (1000). 'But now what we have to do is really accept where we are today and what we've got and play the cards that we are dealt. That's all we can do. I was super-duper shocked last week (after the loss to the Dolphins), but now it's like this is who we are.'
"The Bears fell to 3-5 at the halfway point of the season and are off next weekend before traveling to Green Bay on Nov. 9. Marshall was asked about the possibility of the team becoming divided after a disappointing first half to the season.
"'We can't let let little small groups begin to form in our locker room, because that's where our biggest battle is,' Marshall said. 'When you are losing like this your biggest battle is with that, and not really the media or the fans or your family members...it's really in your heart and also in your building. So if we break that up we may have a chance.'
"The Bears' abundance of offensive talent coming into this season created high expectations.
"'I think we're all kind of shell-shocked right now,' Marshall said. 'We don't know. Sometimes you can die from overeating. I don't know if we have too much talent...I don't know.'
"Marshall created headlines a week ago when he was overheard yelling in the locker room following the uninspiring home loss to the Dolphins.
"'Usually it takes me 24 hours to get over a loss. After that Miami game, it took me probably 37 hours,' Marshall said.
"Sunday's loss to the Patriots saw the Bears give up a franchise record 38 points in the first half.
"'I really was embarrassed out there,' Marshall said. 'I felt homeless, I felt embarrassed. It was like there was nothing I could do right now. That's how I felt.'"
Marshall, who also works as a football analyst, was criticized by his NFL Network colleagues on Sunday after he decided to show up at the studio on Tuesday (which is normally a rest day for NFL players), per The Chicago Tribune's Ed Sherman:
"Marshall came under fire Sunday morning on NFL Network for traveling on Tuesdays, his off-day, to work as an analyst on the show.
"Former San Francisco (49ers) and Detroit (Lions) coach Steve Mariucci thinks the Bears receiver needs to do something else on Tuesdays.
"'As his head coach before the season started, I would have sat him down and gave my expectations of him,' Mariucci said. 'I would address the 'Inside the NFL' obligation. First of all, he's very good at it; he's going to be doing this when he's done. I would say Tuesdays are for a couple of things.
"'Number one, it's a rest day; travel is not restful, it's difficult. And the other reason is for treatment. If you're hurt, you have a knee injury, I need you in the training room getting treatment -- mandatory treatment. I would try to discourage him from those obligations.'
NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner also chimed in on the Marshall issue in Sherman's article:
"The bigger issue is I believe he goes into the locker room and he calls people out or calls the team out and says this is unacceptable. And then you know what everybody is going to say; 'He's going to get on a plane and fly to New York and do his TV show.' You're going to go, 'If this is a team issue, why aren't you here on our days off? Why aren't we meeting together? Why aren't we figuring out what we need to do to fix this problem?' You have to make the team first, right?'
"...The bottom line for me is I have no problem what anybody does on their off time. Go do your commercials, go do your TV show, but he's the one that called them out. He's the one that made the issue that what we're doing right now is unacceptable. If you say it's unacceptable, you guys go change; I'm good, you guys go change because this is unacceptable. Leaders step up and make a change and do something.'"
Marshall has caught for 9,434 yards and 62 touchdowns on 746 receptions in 131 career regular-season games for the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears, per ESPN stats.
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