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Marshall is his own worst critic

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 20, 2012 – 3:10 pm

Brandon Marshall set up a touchdown with receptions of 41 and 20 yards on the Bears’ opening possession in Saturday night’s 33-31 preseason win over the Redskins.

But if you thought the three-time Pro Bowler was happy with his performance, you’d be wrong.

“It’s never as good as you think or it’s never as bad as you think,” Marshall said Monday at Halas Hall. “To me it’s a little humbling. I have to be more disciplined in my routes and on the field. 

“You don’t want to take away from the excitement and things that we accomplished out there a few days ago. But on my end I have to be more disciplined. I’m ready to get back to work.”

It appeared that Marshall was being overly critical of his play. But as one of only three NFL receivers to compile at least 1,000 yards in each of the last five seasons, the 6-4, 230-pounder evidently holds himself to a higher standard.

“I’m always hard on myself,” Marshall said. “I’m my own worst critic. There are high expectations this year. We understand that. But it’s not going to change the way I approach the game or prepare. Maybe one day you can sit down and I’ll go over that preseason game last week and show you how awful it looked. I just can’t make those mistakes.”

Marshall said that he needs to focus on “little things” such as his route depth, being in the right place and being on the same page as the quarterback.

“It’s things that if you catch it now it won’t hurt or affect us once the season starts,” he said. “Luckily it didn’t bite us. But we’re just trying to catch it before it hurts us in the future.”

Marshall and quarterback Jay Cutler certainly seemed like they were on the same page when they teamed up for a 41-yard completion down the right sideline on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage.

“We took advantage of what the defense was giving us,” Marshall said. “We were excited to see that coverage and Jay put us in the right position. Jay did a great job of recognizing coverage and definitely loved the match-up. He could have went anywhere on the field, but he chose to come to my side and we made the play.”

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Bush changing people’s perceptions

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 20, 2012 – 2:55 pm

A few weeks ago in training camp Michael Bush insisted that he’s more than just a bruising battering ram capable of lowering his head and driving the pile back a yard or two.

The 6-1, 245-pound running back proved that assertion in Saturday night’s preseason win over the Redskins, nimbly faking out linebacker Perry Riley on an eight-yard touchdown run.

“I think he has quicker feet than anyone anticipated, making the guy miss in the hole,” quarterback Jay Cutler said Monday at Halas Hall. “That kind of threw us for a loop just watching it.”

Bush signed a four-year contract with the Bears in March after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Raiders, rushing for 2,642 yards and 21 touchdowns on 256 carries while playing in 61 games with 19 starts. He also caught 91 passes for 879 yards and 1 TD.

“He’s a hard worker,” Cutler said. “He’s a professional. He can do it all. He can catch passes. He’s a sleeper. He turns it on on game days and he can make plays for you.”

Bush knows there are perceptions of him that aren’t true.

“Just because I have a long stride, some people say I’m slow,” Bush said. “Because I’m big, some people say I can’t move. But I don’t know what y’all been watching. I’ve been doing it for a while.

“I think you guys don’t know what you guys got. I just keep showing everybody each week and just getting better. I know what I can do. I just need for you guys to believe as well.”

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Marshall impressed with rookie receiver

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 20, 2012 – 2:54 pm

Brandon Marshall acknowledged that it may be too early for Alshon Jeffery to begin crafting his Hall of Fame speech. But the veteran receiver has been very impressed with his rookie counterpart.

“What does [Bill] Parcells say? Let’s not induct him in Canton yet,” Marshall said with a laugh. “But if he continues to do what he’s doing, he’ll have a chance to get great in this league.”

Jeffery has performed well in training camp and the Bears’ first two preseason contests, catching a game-high four passes for 35 yards against the Broncos and three passes for a team-leading 62 yards versus the Redskins.

“I’m really impressed with his game,” Marshall said. “I’m really impressed with his ability to take in what we’re trying to accomplish in the playbook. You can tell he’s been really coached and I look forward to big things out of him this year.”

Marshall, who had only 20 receptions as a rookie before recording 102, 104 and 101 in his next three seasons, feels that the adjustment from college football to the NFL is different for everyone.

“I’m seeing guys like A.J. Greene, Alshon, Julio Jones, you’re seeing those guys come in and make an immediate impact right away,” Marshall said. “For me, I wasn’t the professional right away that I should have been. 

“Alshon is a guy who gets it early. And you’ve got guys like me who talk to him about continuing to stay on that path and be professional. He’s ahead of schedule.”

Marshall hasn’t and won’t speak with Jeffery about the 15-yard penalty the rookie drew against the Redskins when he ripped off cornerback DeAngelo Hall’s helmet during a shoving match.

“One thing we talk about around here is we want to play physical,” Marshall said. “We’re going to be smart, absolutely. We don’t want to get those penalties. But it’s hard to play this game while letting people punk you.

“Everyone knows DeAngelo Hall, what type of player he is. He’s a great player, but he’s feisty and he knows how to get under people’s skin. We’ll be smarter next time, but we want [Jeffery] to be physical and have that aggression out there on the field.”

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