WR Brandon Marshall’s sour-grapes comments about the Detroit Lions and their home town’s travails had the air of stupidity about them.
Marshall had a few choice words for the Lions’ organization. He suggested that they were going out of their way to injure Cutler to take him out of the game, and added that the Lions play dirty and, most damningly, that they’re the Bears little brother. Marshall basically went all Tomlinson-on-the-Patriots after the 2006 Patriots bounced the then 14-2 Chargers from the Playoffs. We’ve heard this kind of whining so many times before in the wake of losing. Marshall decided to add insult to his whin-jury by taking a shot at the City of Detroit’s financial morass, which makes him look pretty high and mighty with a contract that’ll pay him somewhere in the ball park of $48 Million. Chicago, after all, is your classic glass house. Kudos to the Lions for avoiding the easy return jab at Chicago’s well-advertised problems.
Marsh-mallo is a great WR for a middle-of the-road team that can’t string together enough wins to stay competitive. He has nothing to fear about on-field retribution for his ill-chosen words because the Bears won’t be getting into the playoffs to face Detroit a third time. So there’s not much in the way of courage that comes from calling out Detroit. Like a Ford Fiesta that has come off its lease in merely working condition and barely any tread remaining on the tires, Detroit owned the Bears this year. (That, dear readers, is a really really forced simile, but gimme some points for the effort.) As it stands, Marshall needs to deal with his own team’s problems and stop worrying about a team that raced by him in the speeding lane. And, to call it correctly, the Lions’ play had less to do with the loss than Trestman and Kromer’s decision to keep Cutler in the game way too long when the game was still very winnable. Sure, Marshall hauled in two touchdown passes in the losing effort, but the focus of his public words should be targeted inwardly instead of outwardly. Such is the nature of things like maturity, leadership, sportsmanship…and factual reality.