Tempers boiled over for the Chicago Bears following today’s 27-14 loss at Soldier Field to the Miami Dolphins. Immediately after the game, loud shouting could easily be heard coming from the Bears locker room.
The player doing the most yelling was receiver Brandon Marshall, who wouldn’t go into detail about the arguing match.
“That’s a team matter,” an emotional Marshall said. “You should hear frustration. We’re 3-4. This means everything to a lot of guys in this locker room. This means a lot.”
It was a game in which most pegged the Bears to win easily, yet disappointing results on both sides of the ball led to a meltdown on the field. For Marshall, it was a performance that never should have taken place.
“We shouldn’t have lost today. We shouldn’t be 3-4. Offense has got to play better. It’s as simple as that.”
Chicago’s offense managed just 224 total yards and turned the ball over three times, which was the main reason for the lopsided defeat. Unfortunately for the Bears, offensive inconsistency from a unit with loads of potential is the reason the club is under .500.
“Same mistakes. Same mistakes. Same mistakes,” Marshall said. “We’ve got to protect the football. We’ve got to execute the game plan. We have to adjust when things don’t go as we saw them on film.
“You have to be able to play with an edge on your shoulder and it has to mean something to you. The Chicago Bears should not be 3-4 right now. Absolutely unacceptable and it starts on the offensive side of the ball.”
When asked if the offense has lost its confidence, Marshall struggled to find an answer.
“This is a special ball club. This is a special organization. This is a special city. You’ve got to love what you do. You’ve got to love playing for this ball club. You’ve got to leave it all on the field. You don’t get a tomorrow in this league. We’re halfway through the season. It’s time.”
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.