Bears’ Marshall rips Packers ahead of rivalry-game
"I don't like the Green Bay Packers. I'm not going to use the word hate, but I really dislike the Green Bay Packers and their players,” said Brandon Marshall. “"This is personal…I’ve never felt this strong in sports versus any team or any players.”
Brandon Marshall’s aversion to the Green Bay Packers originates from the Chicago Bears’ 23-10 Week 2 loss in which he was limited to just two receptions for 24 yards.
“This is the biggest game of my career. I'm excited about it. I've had this game marked since we played them last,” said Brandon Marshall. “We all know the rivalry. We all know what's at stake. I'm going to play it like it's my last game.”
While Brandon Marshall admired Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ scheme which greatly inhibited him, the 28-year-old was agitated by the bombardment of critical comments coming from Packers after the way they shut down Marshall in the game.
“Coach Capers did an amazing job of game-planning us and game-planning me. I didn't beat double or triple coverage or whatever they were throwing at us,” said Brandon Marshall. “"For their players to be over there talking about how awesome of a job they (do) shutting down certain players… I take it as a slap in my face when guys talk about my lack of ability to do something against them when they have help all over the place.”
Brandon Marshall particularly couldn’t swallow a few comments by Green Bay Packers cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson (ruled out with fractured collarbone). However, the Green Bay Packers predominantly targeted Jay Cutler in their comments after the Chicago Bears starting quarterback wished them “good luck” at matching the physicality of their receiving corps and was still picked four times in the game.
Charles Woodson also commented last month that Brandon Marhsall "likes to bend and break the rules” in a game.
"He's one of those guys where he wants you to put your hands on him so he's going to grab you and throw you,” mocked Charles Woodson. “I'm like, 'Mr. Ref, he's not fast enough to get on top of me. How do you think he got on top?"'
However, Brandon Marshall is looking forward to unleash a pounding on the Green Bay Packer Sunday, while playing “one-on-one coverage.” And Brandon Marshall didn’t seem shaken by the “non-existent” physicality of the Green Bay Packers’ secondary.
“Leading up to the game, they were complaining about how big I was and I was a cheater because I grabbed and pushed at the line of scrimmage,” said Brandon Marshall. “So they put them off and throw them inside and safety over the top and a linebacker running out to me… But we won't make that mistake again. We won't force the ball to me."
The Chicago Bears (8-5) are on a five game defending at home while trying to keep the Green Bay Packers (9-4) from clinching the NFC North.