WBEZ | Brandon Marshall http://www.wbez.org/tags/brandon-marshall Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bears keep their hopes alive with a win over Arizona http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/bears-keep-their-hopes-alive-win-over-arizona-104551 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rsz_charles_tillman_int_score_arz.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Bears defense got back to scoring, the offense did just enough and the end result was a 28-13 win over Arizona. The win snapped a three game losing streak and improved the Bears record to 9-6.</p><p><strong>Bears scoring &ldquo;D&rdquo; got on track&rdquo;:</strong></p><p>The last time the Bears defense scored a touchdown was way back on November 4<sup>th</sup>, when Brian Urlacher scored on his interception against Tennessee. That was when everything was going well, and the Bears were flying high with a 7-1 record. It seems to be no coincidence that the defensive scoring drought paralleled the Bears downward spiral.</p><p>The defense scored twice against the Cardinals.&nbsp;In the first quarter with Arizona backed up to its end zone, Cardinal running back Beanie Wells fumbled the ball and Bears cornerback Zack Bowman pounced on it for the game&rsquo;s first score. Charles Tillman intercepted Arizona&rsquo;s Ryan Lindley and ran ten yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Tillman has been the teams best defender all season.</p><p>This year the Bears defense has scored nine times, one more would tie the NFL record.</p><p>Defensive end Julius Peppers had a solid game with three of the four Bears sacks in the game. It helped the defense to have cornerback Tim Jennings back from his shoulder injury.</p><p><strong>Bears Offense spotlighted by Marshall and Forte:</strong></p><p>While Jay Cutler did just enough to win, he was 12 of 26 for 146 yards with 1 touchdown and no interceptions. The Bears quarterback led the team on a scoring drive in the second quarter that was capped by a Matt Forte four yard touchdown run. The Bears running back rushed 12 times for 88 yards. Forte did leave the game in the second half with an ankle injury and did not return.</p><p>Cutler engineered the two minute drill with no time outs at the end of the second quarter. Brandon Marshall came up big with an 11 yard touchdown pass reception in the closing seconds of the half.</p><p>Marshall has been the Bears MVP on offense this season. He battled all game long with Cardinal cornerback Patrick Peterson. He won some battles and lost some. He finished with six catches for 68 yards. Marshall broke the team&rsquo;s single season mark for reception yards he now has 1,466 yards with one game left.</p><p><strong>Special teams not so special:</strong></p><p>The Bears Olindo Mare had a blocked field goal that scored the lone Cardinals touchdown. There were also two muffed punts; one set up an Arizona field goal. It helped that the Cardinal offense was so inept it didn&rsquo;t have an impact on the game.</p><p><strong>One game left&mdash;maybe more?</strong></p><p>The victory does keep the Bears playoff chances alive. There are a few scenarios; the easiest way would be a loss by the Vikings next week. And guess who has to help?&mdash;the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota posted a huge win in Houston on Sunday and maintains the final playoff spot in the NFC.&nbsp; If the Packers beat the Vikings and the Bears go up to Detroit and knock off the Lions the playoffs are in reach. The Lions have lost seven in a row and the Bears beat them 13-7 on October 22<sup>nd</sup> at Soldier Field. If the Bears can eek into the playoffs it would make for a more pleasant New Year&rsquo;s celebration. If they don&rsquo;t, the Bears will have to look back at all the missed opportunities&mdash;there were plenty. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CRayeStout&lt;<a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">https://twitter.com/Crayestout</a>&gt; and Facebook Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/bears-keep-their-hopes-alive-win-over-arizona-104551 Brandon Marshall puts some fire back in the Bears-Packers rivalry http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/brandon-marshall-puts-some-fire-back-bears-packers-rivalry-104357 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_brandon_marshall_-gb.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 475px;" title="Brandon Marshall wants to beat Green Bay as much as Bear fans. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)" /></div><p>After a trade, a mini-camp, training camps and 13 games, the light bulb has finally turned on for me regarding Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.</p><p>When Marshall became a Bear his resume made him interesting, although many were wary. But Bears media and fans have never seen a receiver do what Marshall has done on this team&rsquo;s football field. And&nbsp;now, as the season is winding down, Marshall is having a record-breaking season. He makes plays with two or three defenders on him. Now, Brandon and Jay <em>are&nbsp;</em>the Bears offense.</p><p>Then there&#39;s Brandon&#39;s dealings with the press. Week in and week out Brandon talks to the media after teammate Jay Cutler. Marshall is jovial and forthright in his comments &mdash; about everything and anything. At the beginning of his first press conference, he took out his phone, snapped the media&#39;s photo and tweeted it &mdash; clever and funny.&nbsp;</p><p>This week has been a difficult one for the Bears; the team has been spiraling downward after another loss and the gloom has been palpable. It&#39;s also Packers week. If the Bears can&#39;t beat the division leader on Sunday the possibility for a playoff berth gets fainter. To acknowledge this,&nbsp;Marshall entered into the media room Wednesday with a Charlie Brown&rsquo;s Christmas tree meant to symbolize the Bears&#39; situation. He knows things are bleak, but he wanted to show hope and lighten the moment.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Brandon%20Marshall-tree.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 322px; float: right;" title="Brandon Marshall likens the Bears situation to a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. (Photo by Rafer Weigel)" />As the media session continued, Marshall showed something that is rarely heard or seen from this team: passion. That is not to say the rest of the team doesn&rsquo;t have it, but we don&rsquo;t get exposed to those emotions often. Think about it: Jay Cutler and Lovie Smith. . . passionate? We see toughness and grit with the Bears defenders, and players talk about not liking Green Bay. Marshall, however, was adamant about it. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t like Green Bay,&rdquo; he said. &quot;We have to whatever we need to get a win.&quot;</p><p>&quot;This is the biggest game of my career,&quot; Marshall added. &quot;This is personal to me.&quot;&nbsp;The Bears receiver knows a win would help him get to the playoffs for the first time in his career. He also knows a loss will make the road more difficult.&nbsp;</p><p>Marshall did not like the comments Packers&#39; cornerback Charles Woodson made about Jay Cutler after the 23-10 loss in Green Bay the second game of the season. Woodson told ESPN, &ldquo;We understand that Jay is excited about his weapons, but it is the same-old Jay. We don&rsquo;t need luck: Jay will throw us the ball.&rdquo; Marshall not only challenged the Packers coaches and players to defend him with one-on-one coverage; throwing down the gauntlet, Brandon said, &ldquo;I want to impose my will.&rdquo;</p><p>If this doesn&rsquo;t endear him to the Bears faithful, what will? It may be fool&rsquo;s errand for Marshall to say what he did &mdash; you can bet that the Packers will have his comments on a bulletin board or retort with their comments. But who cares? He is showing fire for a team beaten and battered, and he needs to throw everything he&#39;s got at the team standing in the way of post-season play.</p><p>Bears head coach Lovie Smith listed three objectives when he took the job as the Bears head coach: Beat Green Bay, win the NFC North division and win the Super Bowl. Marshall is one of the first players to passionately addressed those desires: On the base of that press conference Christmas tree Marshall placed a small replica of the Super Bowl trophy.</p><p>Like that tree, the Bears&#39; chances of reaching the big game are slim. But you have to give Brandon Marshall credit. He believes in the Bears and can&rsquo;t stand the Packers. This kind of moxie not been seen at Halas Hall in years.</p><p>The true mettle of a player is revealed under adversity. In this case Brandon Marshall didn&rsquo;t duck and hide. He is front and center &mdash; you have to respect that.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye-Stout #AtTheGame</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/brandon-marshall-puts-some-fire-back-bears-packers-rivalry-104357 Are the Bears losing steam down the stretch with another loss? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/are-bears-losing-steam-down-stretch-another-loss-104288 <p><p>Is it déjà vu all over again for the Bears? After a 7-1 start for the season they are now 8-5 and&nbsp;their playoff picture gets hazy after losing to Minnesota 21-14. Last year after a 7-3 start, injuries hit the Bears and the wheels came off.</p><p><strong>Back on their heels:</strong></p><p>It was the Adrian Peterson show from the first snap for Minnesota. The Vikings drove down the field on the opening drive powered by Peterson&#39;s running. He capped that drive with a 2-yd score and got into the endzone-- again-- moments later after a Jay Cutler interception. The Viking running back amassed 125 yards in the first quarter and 154 yards for the game. Petersen is having a monster season after returning from his ACL injury--Bulls fans may be encouraged about Derrick Rose after watching him play.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_brandon_marshall-minn.jpg" style="float: left; height: 393px; width: 280px;" title="Despite setting a Bear record-Brandon Marshall and the Bears lose.(AP Photo/Andy King)" />The Bears tried to play catch-up all game, down two scores after three minutes. Cutler was able to connect with rookie Alshon Jeffery in the final two minutes of the half with a 23 yard pass reception for a touchdown. The Bears had several drives that stalled and were unable to overcome the deficit. Cutler&rsquo;s second interception in the third quarter was costly. The Bears quarterback&rsquo;s pass intended for Brandon Marshall sailed over the receiver&rsquo;s head into the hands of Harrison Smith and the Viking defender ran in for a touchdown. Knowing the Bears had to throw to get back in this game, Minnesota applied pressure to the Jay Cutler. The Bears QB scrambled and got some incredible catches by Marshall. The big receiver had 10 receptions for 160 yards. Marshall has caught more balls in one season for the Bears-101- breaking Marty Booker&rsquo;s mark from 2001. There are still three games for him to add to that total. As the game was winding down, Cutler was on the sidelines with a sore neck&nbsp;after taking another beating; Marshall caught a touchdown from back-up quarterback Jason Campbell. &nbsp;Too little&mdash;too late.</p><p><strong>Banged up defense got better:</strong></p><p>Petersen&rsquo;s romp through the Bears defense early in the game magnified the missing starters. Injuries have taken its toll-losing Brian Urlacher and Tim Jennings. Before the game Defensive tackle Stephen Paea was ruled before the game. In reality-- the Bears defense can&rsquo;t be faulted. In the second half, they made good adjustments; there is not much they could do with when the offense gives up the winning score.</p><p>For the game, the &ldquo;D&rdquo; held Christian Ponder to just 11 of 17 for 91 yards and an interception by Major Wright. Petersen only had 20 yards the second half.</p><p>If you look at the final statistics-you would believe the Bears had won the game. The Bears had 438 total yards to the Vikings 248&mdash;the final score is the only numbers that matter.</p><p><strong>Here were some of the glaring problems:</strong></p><p>The receivers dropped too many key passes, Devin Hester and Alshon has balls that should have been caught for touchdowns. Marshall dropped some too, however, overall you cannot fault his game.</p><p>What is the long-term status of Robbie Gould? He strained his left calf during warm ups. In essence he was available for only point after touchdowns. The Bears were forced to punt rather than a long field goal.</p><p>There were other injuries that could be factors on special teams-Shea McClellin, Craig Steltz and Sherrick McManis all went down in this game. May not seem important-but their roles are essential to a team that depends on their play.</p><p><strong>Can the Bears rebound next week against&nbsp;the Green Bay Packers?</strong></p><p>The Packer are a team they have been unable to beat and a game that will have huge consequences for the playoffs. Despite a team that has also been hit with injuries, Green Bay still has been able to find ways to win.</p><p>Right now looking at this Bears team, they are banged up-not in sync-despite some great individual play. They better get it together these final three games&mdash;or they will enter the New Year watching the post-season&mdash;again.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CRayeStout&lt;<a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">https://twitter.com/Crayestout</a>&gt; and Facebook Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame</a></p></p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/are-bears-losing-steam-down-stretch-another-loss-104288 Bears snap a losing streak, add to their M*A*S*H unit http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-11/bears-snap-losing-streak-add-their-mash-unit-104009 <p><p>It was just what the doctor ordered-- Bears 28-10 win over Minnesota at newly sodded Soldier Field. It was a doctor&#39;s final okay that allowed Jay Cutler to get back on the field. There will be plenty of Bears seeing the&nbsp;doctors this week.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Injuries and a lot of them:</strong></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_ap987149711212.jpg" style="float: left; height: 187px; width: 280px;" title="Jay Cutler returns and the Bears post a win. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" />Snapping a two game losing streak was the best medicine with all the ills this team went through the past week, most notably changing two starters on the offensive line and one on the defensive line. There may be future problems next week with injuries to running back Matt Forte (ankle), guard Lance Louis (knee), cornerback Charles Tillman (ankle), return specialist Devin Hester (concussion) and guard Chris Spencer (knee). When Coach Lovie Smith came to the post-game press conference he had to read all the injuries off a piece of paper. The severity on any of these injuries is unknown at this time.</p><p><strong>The Jay and Brandon show:</strong></p><p>Jay Cutler&#39;s return from his concussion and his play with his favorite target Brandon Marshall was huge. The Bears big wide receiver had 12 catches for 92 yards, allowing him to now have over 1,000 yards (1,017 to be exact) for the season. It was the sixth time in his career Marshall posted those numbers; he even mentioned it to Cutler DURING the game. At his press conference Brandon talked about the feat and his exchange with the Bears QB, &ldquo;In the third quarter, I leaned over to Jay and said &lsquo;That catch puts me at 1,000 yards for six seasons in a row&rsquo; and he looked at me and said &lsquo;You&rsquo;re disgusting.&rsquo; So yes, I&rsquo;m aware of it.&quot; Marshall gave credit to Cutler&#39;s precision during last week&#39;s practices that allowed the Bears quarterback to &quot;thread the needle&quot; with several of his passes.</p><p>Cutler said he felt no issues with his concussion and credited an offensive line trying to keep him safe. It seemed that it was mostly Jay&#39;s play that allowed the line to perform okay, even after starters got hurt and players like, Edwin Williams and Gabe Carimi were pressed into action. Cutler did some nifty scrambling that set up some scoring opportunities.&nbsp;In particular,&nbsp;when he connected with tight end Matt Spaeth on a 13 yard pass in the second quarter after a Bear interception.&nbsp;There one amusing moment in the huddle, Cutler bent down to tie the shoelace of J&#39;Marcus Webb. The Bears quarterback said he did it to manage the clock better, Cutler also added, &quot;I guess my fatherly instincts were kicking in.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Good and not so good running attack:</strong></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_ap513286708023.jpg" style="float: right; height: 191px; width: 280px;" title="Matt Forte-one of many Bears injured in the win over Minnesota. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" />Bears running back Matt Forte had a tough day with a fumble in the first series that gave Minnesota an opportunity to get a field goal. Forte&#39;s injury occurred on a play that almost made this game tighter; it looked like he had fumbled allowing Minnesota to get a defensive touchdown. The play was reviewed and overturned, but Forte limped off the field and did not return. His back-up Michael Bush scored two score yard rushing touchdowns with 60 total yards on the ground.</p><p>The Bears offense did a great job eating up time; they controlled the clock 37:30 to Minnesota&rsquo;s 22:30. That allowed the defense to be fresh.</p><p><strong>Redemption for the Bears defense:</strong></p><p>The Bears defense also rebounded from last week&#39;s disaster on the Bay; Henry Melton greeted Minnesota Quarterback Christian Ponder with a sack on the first play. The defense added to their NFL leading take-away total with two fumbles and an interception, they have 33 for the season. Although the Bears &ldquo;D&rdquo; gave up 108 yards to Minnesota&rsquo;s Adrian Petersen, most of those came late in the game. Petersen did fumble twice. The Vikings had lots of problems trying to establish their offense. Christian Ponder was only sacked twice, however, he was harassed most of the game.</p><p><strong>Special team kudos:</strong></p><p>Julius Peppers recorded his 12th career field goal block when he batted down Vikings kicker Blair Walsh&rsquo;s 30 yard attempt in the 2nd quarter. And Adam Podlesh was successful running in a two point conversion after a Bears touchdown in the 2nd quarter.</p><p>It was an important win over a divisional opponent the Bears improve to 8-3 and Minnesota falls to 6-5. This will be an interesting week at Halas Hall trying to figure out who is available for Sunday&rsquo;s home game against Seattle. Its that time of year where injuries will start to take its toll and good back-ups are valuable.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter </em><a href="http://%3chttps//twitter.com/Crayestout%3E"><font color="#006896"><em>@CRayeStout</em></font></a><em> and Facebook </em><a href="http://%3chttp//www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame?fref=ts&gt;"><font color="#006896"><em>Cheryl Raye-Stout #AtTheGame</em></font></a><em>.</em></p></p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-11/bears-snap-losing-streak-add-their-mash-unit-104009 Backtracking on the Bears http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/backtracking-bears-102836 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP257366067320.jpg" style="width: 620px; " title="Brandon Marshall (AP)" /></div><p>Have you ever taken a stand on something and then wished maybe you hadn&rsquo;t done so in a public manner so that you could quietly go back on your word? Because this is me right now, with the Bears. I feel like I just told the world I am giving up chocolate for Lent and the planet&rsquo;s most delicious brownie is sitting in front of me and Easter is still a month away.<br /><br />I&rsquo;m having second thoughts about my plan to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-03-14/bad-news-bears-marshall-accused-punching-new-york-woman-97268">boycott the Chicago Bears this season</a>, stemming from my issues with Brandon Marshall&rsquo;s off-field behavior. I have been good so far: I haven&rsquo;t tuned into a minute of a single Bears game, not on TV, not on 780-AM (I miss you, Jeff Joniak! You and your Wheaten Terrier), not on real-time Internet scoreboards.<br /><br />But I&rsquo;m starting to weaken. And here&rsquo;s why.<br /><br />I wasn&rsquo;t aware at the time of my writing that Marshall struggles with borderline personality disorder. According to many people, including ESPN&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/brandon-marshall-personality-disorder-13301666">Lisa Salters</a>, he&rsquo;s owned up to his problems and is working on them. Plus, a lot of the charges made against Marshall have been dropped, or he&rsquo;s been found not guilty. So perhaps I judged too qui&mdash;<br /><br />All right, I feel gross just typing the majority of that paragraph. While I believe Marshall has legitimate struggles with mental health issues and I am happy that a professional athlete is willing to be the face/voice of that, you can&rsquo;t really convince me that a completely innocent fellow was unfairly accused of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandon_Marshall#Legal">all this stuff</a> and had nothing to do with any of it. And there&rsquo;s a larger problem with the ridiculous levels at which professional athletes are forgiven for bad behavior, particularly violence against women.<br /><br />But ignoble truth is that I just miss football.&nbsp;Of course I&nbsp;<em>would</em>&nbsp;decide to take a stand during a season where the Bears actually are looking pretty good, one Packers game aside.&nbsp;The Bears are the only real team in this city that (just about) everyone can get behind. Chicago comes together on a game day. It&rsquo;s strangely lonely to know I am purposefully sitting out something that so many people are so into, that I would otherwise be into. And nothing is sweeter in the fall than hunkering down on the couch with some comfort food and maybe the newspaper and letting the NFL themes and whistle chirps and idiotic bro-y beer commercials be the soundtrack of the afternoon. It&rsquo;s like a fall without pretty leaves, warm sweaters, or the Facebook photos of your friends who took their kids to the pumpkin patch.</p><p>Additionally: Somebody gave us a really cute Bears onesie for the baby and I want to put it on him.<br /><br />So tell me: Should I go back, carefully, on my word and get back with these Bears? Or should I stand strong?</p></p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/backtracking-bears-102836 Bears WR Marshall accused of punching woman in NYC http://www.wbez.org/story/bears-wr-marshall-accused-punching-woman-nyc-97270 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-14/AP120129071920.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>New York City police say a woman has accused NFL star receiver Brandon Marshall of punching her in the face at a nightclub.</p><p>The woman alleges the incident occurred at 3:50 a.m. Sunday outside the Marquee in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Police are investigating a complaint she filed Monday evening.</p><p>Marshall hasn't been charged.</p><p>Marshall was traded Tuesday from the Miami Dolphins to the Chicago Bears. Both teams said Wednesday they were aware of the alleged incident before the trade. Marshall's attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment.</p><p>Last year, Marshall's wife was arrested after he was stabbed in the abdomen during a domestic dispute. Charges were later dropped.</p><p>Marshall was involved in a 2007 fight in Denver that led to the drive-by slaying of the Broncos' Darrent Williams.</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bears-wr-marshall-accused-punching-woman-nyc-97270