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Marshall takes leadership role seriously

Posted by Larry Mayer on December 19, 2012 – 5:47 pm

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall isn’t surprised that the statement he made following Sunday’s loss to the Packers that “everyone on offense should be held accountable, even if that means jobs,” was polarizing.

“When you make a comment like that, it’s almost guaranteed you are going to rub some people the wrong way, and then there are some people that might respond to it in a positive way,” Marshall said Wednesday at Halas Hall.

When asked about accountability Wednesday, Marshall spoke solely about how he needs to improve his game in terms of run blocking, route running and technique. The three-time Pro Bowl receiver is encouraged that others are also looking in the mirror to see how they can improve.

“People are responding in a positive way,” Marshall said. “You’re hearing the word accountability being thrown around. You’re hearing guys starting to look at themselves, and that’s what it’s about.”

Marshall sees himself as a team leader for the first time in his seven-year NFL career.

“This is a new role for me as far as leadership,” Marshall said. “I know I am not perfect. Maybe I am approaching it the wrong way. But there are different ways you can lead. You can lead by example. You can lead by encouragement. You can lead by speaking and bringing energy. You can lead by sometimes calling guys out. It depends on the situation.

“I’ve been reading a lot of books on leadership, studying documentaries on some of the greats like ray Lewis and Michael Jordan and their approach to the game and more importantly just leadership.

“This is my first year really being in this role in a positive way. I have always been a guy in the locker room that guys counted on on the field making plays. As far as bringing the group together, that’s different. I just have to be patient and continue to control what I control and if I do that I can sleep good at night.”

Marshall concedes that it isn’t easy being a leader in a team sport.

“It’s definitely tough sometimes when things don’t go the way you expect them to go,” he said. “It gets frustrating, especially when the person that may be in that role is really passionate and really loves this sport.

“This game has done a lot for me. I remember when I first got here I told you guys that the NFL saved my life. I look at where I come from, the environment. I look at my journey these past six years. If it wasn’t for the NFL, I don’t know where I would be.”

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