Marshall took offense to the way the Packers responded to his anemic Week 2 performance where he had just 2 catches for 24 yards. What did the Packers defensive players say that got Marshall to go all Chad Ochocinco on reporters?
"You'll have to go on Google or something," Marshall said.
You don't have to 'Google it,' because a number of outlets have dug up the quotes. Yes, they're taking shots at the Bears, but most of the the digs are directed at Jay Cutler, not Marshall. Charles Woodson called to Cutler the, "same old Jay," referring to his penchant for throwing to the other team.
Williams more or less said that having new receivers was great, but you have to be able to get the ball to them whether in coverage or escaping Green Bay's pass rush. Chicago did neither. And all of Green Bay's yapping was in response to Cutler saying before the game that he wished the Packers good luck trying to cover his receivers.
But despite the truth in what the Packers were saying, Marshall has taken it personally.
"I didn't beat double and triple coverage or whatever they were throwing at me. I take it as a slap in my face when guys are talking about my lack of ability to do something against them when they have help all over the place."
Now, Marshall should have stopped here. It's a compliment that he got double-covered. He's the only Chicago Bears receiver or tight end defenses even begin to worry about. Defenses don't double bad wide receivers.
The Packers had a winning game plan and they executed it. They did, despite what Marshall is complaining about, shut him down. Not only that, they mashed Jay Cutler, forced him into four interceptions, sacked him seven times and essentially beat him into submission.
But, as you would imagine, Marshall didn't stop there.
"I'm looking forward to one-on-one coverage. Hopefully, those guys, in a game like this, will go to their coach and say, 'Let me have him. I want Brandon Marshall. I want to stop Brandon Marshall.' Let's see what happens."
On what planet does Brandon Marshall live?
Did he forget the part where Green Bay's game plan lead to a 23-10 victory? It was 23-3 until midway through the fourth quarter. In other words, the Bears were getting their butts handed to them.
Pride isn't going to cause Dom Capers and this coaching staff to change its strategy if for no other reason than that the last strategy worked about as well as you could hope.
To be sure, Chicago will have some ideas of how to counter. They'll run Marshall as a decoy and look for ways to exploit the Packers if they continue to shade Morgan Burnett to Marshall's side. Unfortunately for Chicago, they're as offensively challenged a passing offense as it gets if they can't get the ball to their big-play guy.
Injuries a factor
One of the smarter things Marshall said - it didn't take much - was that he wished Charles Woodson was playing because of what Charles and Tramon Williams said.
Aaron Rodgers mentioned this week he'd hoped Brian Urlacher was playing because he likes to compete against the best. At least from that standpoint, what Marshall's saying makes some sense.
Charles Woodson still isn't healthy enough to make it onto the field this week, but for the Packers the bigger injury is Clay Matthews. The long-haired outside linebacker was a menace last time these teams matched up and destroyed both tackles in pass protection. He is expected to play Sunday and that's worse news for Brandon Marshall than if Woodson were to play.
In terms of the scheme for Marshall, Woodson was rarely matched up with him in the first game. Tramon Williams took Marshall almost exclusively, much like Calvin Johnson last week against Detroit.
Megatron got his catches, but no big plays. In fact, Williams' best coverage plays were on deep throws from Stafford to Johnson. Same goes for Marshall's Week 2 performance.
Williams knew he had help over the top, so he didn't worry about giving Marshall a cushion which prevented Chicago from getting the ball out on slants or crossing patterns underneath.
Woodson, in his hybrid role as part-safety, part-cornerback, part-linebacker, is usually in the slot on passing downs and Capers likes to use him on tight ends and backs out of the backfield.
Chicago doesn't have a fearsome tight end, but Matt Forte is getting healthy and is one of the best in the league at the position. You'd like have to Woodson to help out of the backfield.
That being said, the last time Green Bay and Chicago played, Sam Shields was in the doghouse and Casey Hayward hadn't broken out. Against Detroit, Hayward was asked to do his best Charles Woodson impression, covering slot receivers, blitzing off the corner and taking away underneath routes to backs and tight ends. Shields was asked to lock down the receivers opposite Johnson and he did, snagging an interception and nearly having several others.
As a result, Stafford threw for his lowest yardarge total since Week 7 to go along with two turnovers and just one touchdown pass.
The key members of the defense that dominated the Bears in Week 2 are intact with Tramon Williams, Morgan Burnett and Clay Matthews. Since then, the secondary has gotten much improved play out Shields and Hayward, making the challenge for Chicago even more formidable.
Against a different offense, the continued loss of Charles Woodson may be much more damning but because the Bears are so one-dimensional in the passing game it shouldn't matter as much.
Brandon Marshall ran his mouth, but players have to find ways to get motivated. Hubris isn't going to make Dom Capers let Tramon Williams or Sam Shields play Marshall one-on-one. They don't have to, there's no one else to cover.
Likewise, Charles Woodson being injured doesn't preclude the defense from instituting an identical game plan to the one from September. Let Clay Matthews terrorize the backfield, double-cover Brandon Marshall, catch the ball when Cutler throw it up for grabs. Repeat.
That won't be what Brandon Marshall wants to hear, but you can't blame him for not wanting to face double-teams.
Most of the Packers shrugged off the comments by Marshall. Luckily, Green Bay players will get a chance to once again silence Marshall where it counts: on the field.
Peter Bukowski is a Wisconsin transplant living in New York and has been covering sports since 2007. He is an award-winning television and newspaper reporter. Follow him on Twitter @BukoTime
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