Two weeks ago the Chicago Bears were coming off a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on December 1. At the time, the loss to the Vikings was devastating for the Bears. Despite the fact that the Bears were not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the consensus was after that Vikings game that the team was not going to be making the playoffs.
Fast forward two weeks and the Bears are sitting in sole possession of first place in the NFC North division with only two games remaining in the regular season.
Happy times are here again for the Bears. That could not be said for wide receiver Brandon Marshall two weeks ago as the veteran admitted on Wednesday that he almost pulled a “Dez Bryant” during the Bears game against the Vikings. Marshall was referring to the idea of walking off the field before the game concluded; something Bryant did on Sunday in the Dallas Cowboys loss to the Green Bay Packers.
I’m serious,” Marshall said. “If you watch film, you’ll see me like at the 30 [yard line], then you’ll see me at the 20, then you saw me right around the 15, I caught myself. I promise you I almost walked off the field. Man, that was a tough game.”-Brandon Marshall, ESPN Chicago
Throughout his career, Marshall has been an emotional player. One of the reasons why Marshall has overcome his emotional tendencies while with the Bears is because his openness and honesty with the media. The mere fact that Marshall did not walk off the field in the Bears game against the Vikings shows just how far the wide receiver has come since his early years with the Denver Broncos.
But with the Bears now controlling their own destiny, Marshall is at ease.
“I didn’t want to be in the same position as last year. We had to wait until the last game of the season. I remember that feeling, all of us riding on that bus, I think we were coming from Detroit and just watching the game. And it was so devastating. It was one of the worst feelings that I’ve had in my career. So it feels good not to be in that position.-Marshall, ESPN Chicago
With the odds in the Bears favor of making the playoffs, a Marshall at ease may spell danger for the Bears final two opponents.