LAKE FOREST – During the past three-plus months, Brandon Marshall has proved to possess one of the most honest voices on the Bears.
Marshall addressed reporters Wednesday at Halas Hall with more caution than usual. He spoke three days after an emotional postgame news conference in which he said everyone should be held accountable for an inconsistent offense.
Marshall was asked whether his choice of words – “even if that means jobs” – drew the attention of general manager Phil Emery or coach Lovie Smith.
“Maybe that was a comment that maybe I should have kept to myself and kept in-house,” Marshall said. “And with that being said, any response I got from anybody in the organization, I’ll keep that private.”
Yet Marshall did not backtrack from his overall point about accountability. He said he needed to do a better job as a run blocker and a route runner, and each of his teammates needed to evaluate how they could help the Bears improve.
It’s all part of becoming a leader as a seventh-year player, Marshall said.
“I think people are responding in a positive way,” Marshall said. “You hear the word ‘accountability’ being thrown around, you see guys starting to look at themselves, and that’s what it’s about, especially this time of the season when you’re sitting where we’re sitting.
“You take a look in the mirror, and you figure what you need to do to get better.”
Moving on: Although Marshall never mentioned offensive coordinator Mike Tice during his postgame speech, his frustration with a struggling offense was clear.
Tice said he understood why Marshall was upset.
“We’re all emotional,” Tice said. “It’s hard. It’s hard when you lose – not [only] a game, [but] it’s hard when you have a string like this. Frustrations mount.
“We’re all accountable. It starts with me. I’m wearing the hat. I have to do a better job. I’ve been in this league a long time and know how that pecking order works. It falls on my shoulders. It falls on everybody’s shoulders.”
Sore subject: Bears coach Lovie Smith defended Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher, who criticized fans for booing the team during Sunday’s loss to Green Bay.
“I think we all know Brian Urlacher cares about the fans,” Smith said.
If Urlacher cared about the fans, then why did he say he didn’t care about them?
“We’re not living in the past, all right,” Smith said. “I answered your question. I think we all know Brian knows how good the fans are here in Chicago. There was a lot of frustration after the game, but I think we’ve all moved on from there.”
Bears bits: Jonathan Scott (hamstring) and Urlacher (hamstring) did not practice. … Earl Bennett, Geno Hayes, Tim Jennings, Shea McClellin and Henry Melton returned to practice on a limited basis.