Bears' Marshall: 'I have to do a better job'
LAKE FOREST – Brandon Marshall knew that he would face a steady dose of double teams in his first season as the Bears’ No. 1 wide receiver.
“It comes with the territory,” Marshall said Thursday at Halas Hall.
For Marshall, the task of beating those double teams comes with the paycheck.
After catching nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against Indianapolis, Marshall has been limited to seven catches for 95 yards in the next two contests. He vowed to be a bigger factor in the offense when the Bears visit the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4.
“It’s tough when you have two guys on you most of the game, but when you look at most of the great receivers, they still played well,” Marshall said. “So I have to do a better job whether they’re playing one, two, doubling me, and rely on my teammates.”
Extra attention is nothing new to Marshall, who caught 81 passes for 1,214 yards last season with the Miami Dolphins despite being a focal point of defensive game plans.
“It was the same,” Marshall said. “In Miami, we had some games where Brian Hartline did an amazing job just pulling coverage off of me. And Reggie Bush got going last year. He really had an outstanding year, so he helped us out a lot.
“And we have a ton of guys that can do that here, so I’m not worried about it. [We have a] lot of football left and we’re winning right now, so it’s a week-to-week evaluation, and right now we pass the test. Hopefully we pass this test coming up.”
No big deal: Before heading to the practice field Thursday, Bears running back Michael Bush downplayed a report that he injured his shoulder in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams.
“Nothing is wrong,” Bush said. “I’m good.”
Bush, who absorbed a couple of hard hits in Week 3, was limited to four carries for 6 yards in the second half against the Rams after carrying the ball 14 times for 49 yards in the first half. He has practiced without limitations this week.
“I got hit on [my shoulder], but that’s part of the game,” Bush said. “I’m all right.”
Scoring change: The NFL refused to overturn the Green Bay Packers’ controversial loss in Week 3, but league officials did change a ruling in the Bears’ game against St. Louis.
After reviewing the game, the league has split credit for a sack between Shea McClellin and Stephen Paea for a play in the first quarter. Paea initially received full credit for the sack.
McClellin now has two sacks, which trails only Seattle’s Bruce Irvin among NFL rookies.
Bears bits: Running back Matt Forte (ankle) took part in limited drills Thursday after participating fully in practice one day earlier. … Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly (illness), fullback Evan Rodriguez (knee) and defensive end Julius Peppers (coach’s decision) all missed practice, while Earl Bennett (hand) was limited.