Brandon Marshall admits 2014 Chicago Bears are “Not Very Good”

brandon-marshall-bears-2014Coming into the 2014 NFL season, few teams were expected to be as explosive on offense as the Chicago Bears. Their skill positions were well manned, with QB Jay Cutler, wideouts Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, RB Matte Forte and TE Martellus Bennett. Unfortunately, after a 55-14 drubbing by the Green Bay Packers, Chicago is now facing the reality of missing the playoffs for another year.

They are 3-6, four games behind the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions. And many Bears players are pretty dejected, including star wideout Brandon Marshall. In fact, he admits that the team just isn’t “very good” in the following statement made after the Packers game:

Before the season it seemed like we had everyone we needed and at 3-6 the reality of it is we’re not very good. I’m confused. I think before the bye it was one of those things that was shocking. Then you look at this game and the reality of it is this is the team we have. We have to accept it. We’re just not very good right now. It’s a shame to have to say that. It’s very, very disappointing.

The defense has definitely struggled throughout the season, despite having big names like Jared Allen, Lance Briggs, Tim Jennings and D.J. Williams. However, the offense, with two Pro Bowl receivers (Marshall, Jeffrey), a Pro Bowl running back in Forte and franchise QB Jay Cutler were supposed to carry this team into the postseason. Instead, points per game have dipped from 22.5 last year to 21.6 in the 2014 season.

brandon-marshall-bears-2But Marshall hasn’t totally lost faith in himself or the team’s ability to win. “Confidence is everything as a player as a team when you lose confidence you have no chance,” he said. “Even the great teams, great players, they go through seasons where it’s a struggle and right now we’re in a struggle. If you lose your confidence there’s nothing you can do.”

One couldn’t blame Marshall for giving up hope, seeing as how he’s on pace for his worst season since 2006, his rookie year where he caught just 20 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Through nine games this year, he has 42 catches for 498 yards and 6 touchdowns, putting him on pace for his first non-1,000-yard season in eight years.

It doesn’t appear that Marshall is dwelling too much on his own numbers or the team’s record this season, though. He did a good job of putting everything into perspective with the following:

It’s tough because you put so much into it. It’s your career. It’s your life work. To get these results it’s tough. But at the end of the day you talk about going through things. What was it 30 degrees outside? I remember nights when it was 30 degrees outside and I was 10-years-old and and I’d come inside from football practice and have to take a cold shower. So you talk about tough, I’ve been through worse, much worse. Christmas times, two bedroom hotel, there’s 10 of us sleeping in a hotel ringing in Christmas. This isn’t tough. This is just disappointing. This is confusion.

The Bears face Minnesota at home this week in what looks like a winnable game. The Vikings are a game better at 4-5, however, Chicago has the more-dynamic and experienced offense. But if the 2014 season has taught us anything about the Bears, nothing is guaranteed.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 7 (Oct. 16, 2014)

demarco-murrayWhile the Dallas Cowboys have definitely exceeded expectations, few people thought they’d go out on the road and knock off defending Super Bowl champion Seattle. But that’s exactly what the Cowboys did on the strength of DeMarco Murray’s sixth-straight 100-yard rushing game, which is why they climb in our rankings yet again.

1. Denver Broncos (4-1); beat New York Jets 31-17, retains same ranking – Denver went out on the road against a desperate Jets team and grabbed another win behind Julius Thomas’ two touchdown catches.

2. San Diego Chargers (5-1); beat Oakland 31-28, moves up one spot – The Raiders made this more of a contest than most expected; but still, the Chargers are off to a 5-1 start for the first time since 2002.

3. San Francisco 49ers (4-2); beat St. Louis 31-17, moves up one spot – NFL coaches recently voted Colin Kaepernick over Peyton Manning as the QB they least like to face. Kaepernick gets a chance to prove why this week in Denver.

lesean-mccoy4. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1); beat New York Giants 27-0, moves up one spot – Philadelphia finally played some defense to go along with the offense while LeSean McCoy rushed for a season-high 149 yards.

5. Seattle Seahawks (3-2); lost to Dallas 30-23, drops three spots – Russell Wilson completed less than half of his passes at home, and Seattle heads out on the road for two games. Neither offers anything to cheer about right now.

6. Arizona Cardinals (4-1); beat Washington 30-20, retains same ranking – With Carson Palmer back from a shoulder injury, Arizona has a real shot at keeping their top spot in the dominating NFC West.

7. Indianapolis Colts (4-2); beat Houston 33-28, retains same ranking – Indianapolis welcomes a tough Bengals team that’s coming off a loss and a tie. This will definitely make for an interesting matchup.

tom-brady8. New England Patriots (3-2); beat Buffalo Bills 37-22, retains same ranking – Even with New England traveling to Buffalo, they never seemed threatened. Of course, Tom Brady’s 92% career-win rate against the Bills instills plenty of confidence.

9. Dallas Cowboys (5-1); beat Seattle 0-23, moves up two spots – Few would have predicted that the Cowboys would become a power running team this season. But with the way that Murray and the offensive line are playing, it makes sense.

10. Green Bay Packers (4-2); beat Miami 27-24, retains same ranking – Aaron Rodgers’ trick play towards the end even got plastered across mainstream news sites. What wasn’t in the headlines, though, is incredible his 15:1 TD-to-INT ratio.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1-1); tied Carolina 37-37, drops two spots – What happened to the outstanding defense that we saw the first three weeks? Traveling to Indianapolis doesn’t seem like a very good place for the defense to find themselves again.

12. Detroit Lions (4-2); beat Minnesota 17-3, retains same ranking – Detroit beat a toothless Vikings squad on the road, but problems remain. Matthew Stafford can’t seem to play without Calvin Johnson and the Lions’ kickers have missed 10 field goals.

joe-flacco13. Baltimore Ravens (4-2); beat Tampa Bay 48-17, retains same ranking – Baltimore scored the most road points in franchise history while the team’s offense reappeared.

14. Chicago Bears (3-3); beat Atlanta 27-13, moves up two spots – Jay Cutler may have a little tunnel vision after targeting only five players against Atlanta. But as his 381 passing yards and 100-yard games by both Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall suggest, it worked!

15. Carolina Panthers (3-2-1); tied Cincinnati 37-37, drops one spot – Coming off of the first tie in franchise history, Carolina rolls into difficult matchups against Green Bay, Seattle, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

16. New Orleans Saints (2-3); bye week, drops one spot – New Orleans looks for their first road win of the season in Detroit this week.

17. Cleveland Browns (3-2); beat Pittsburgh 31-10, moves up five spots – After mounting a huge comeback only to fall short in Week 1, Cleveland hammered the Steelers at home.

18. Miami Dolphins (2-3); lost to Green Bay 27-24, moves up one spot – Miami might have lost, but at least they looked better than just about everybody else who lost this past week.

19. Buffalo Bills (3-3); lost to New England 37-22, drops one spot – The Bills have a good opportunity to bounce back at home against Minnesota this week.

20. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3); bye week, retains same ranking – Kansas City faces a near-impossible situation in San Diego this Sunday.