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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