“I think Phil (Emery) has a plan — actually, I know Phil has a plan. You guys might not know Phil’s plan, but he has a plan.”—Bears QB Jay Cutler when asked about his contract expiring at the end of the season.
“I didn’t come through for my teammates in the end. I had two chances today to get it done. It’s very unlike me, but there are no excuses for it. I didn’t have it. I missed it. I wasn’t nervous, I just missed.”—
Robbie Gould lamenting his multiple misses that changed the face of the Bears loss to Minnesota.
“I’m not gonna take anything personally. If they want to franchise me, I’m gonna feel good about the situation we’re in. We’re gonna be in our second year of the offense with these guys. We’re gonna be better. I’m gonna be better. So it’s not personal. It’s business.”—
“I’ll have, I am sure, a few opportunities where it will be Chris and I going against each other. It is going to be really weird, but I already told him, ‘Do you realize how lucky we are to have this problem?’”—
Bears rookie guard Kyle Long on facing his brother this Sunday.
“That puts me at ease, so I don’t know if I’m talking to (teammates and coaches) as much as I’m talking to myself, just saying, ‘Hey, guys, we’re going to do this together.’ … It was a chance to be special.”—
The Bears loss indeed sucked, and there was a pretty intense news day Monday. Here’s what we learned.
Brandon Marshall doesn’t like the Detroit Lions. Here’s what he had to say:
“I got a nasty taste in my mouth with these guys,” he said. “These guys are difficult to deal with.”
“Borderline illegal,” Marshall said of the Lions’ defensive play. “And I’ll say this, man. I’ll attach my name to it. When I’m looking at film today, it was kind of disgusting to see their d-line go out of their way to knock our quarterbacks down after every single play. Ya know? The ball was gone. They’re pushing him down. They’re hitting him below the knee. It was kind of disgusting.
“So it seemed like it was game-planned. But it was borderline. You can’t say it was illegal. But it was definitely one of those things where you say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to pay attention to this.’”
Marshall was asked by host and former Bear Tom Waddle whether the Lions suffer from that sort of little brother complex.
“That’s exactly what it is,” he replied. “They’re the little brother who grew a little bit, may be a little taller than the bigger brother. He’s not stronger. He’s not better than the big brother at anything. But it’s just that one day, he says ‘I’m fed up. I’m done. I’m going to punch my brother in the face.’
“It’s the little brother (complex). The big brother wants to go out and play with his friends and the little brother is annoying. ‘Hey, can I go?’”
“No you can’t go Detroit Lions,” he quipped. “Sit back. Sit in your little city. Know what I mean? Fix your financial problems and all of that. You can’t come with us right now.”
“Right now they’ve got the best of us.” Marshall said. “They beat us. Twice. They swept us. What matters is when we see them in the playoffs. So it’ll be a great show. It’s going to be tough. But I guarantee it’s not going to go down like it did the first two games.”
Charles Peanut Tillman will miss the rest of the season with a tricep injury.
"It hurts; I’m definitely sad," Tillman said. "This team has a lot of potential. We have a lot of potential. And the fact that I’m no longer part of that to help this team to try and succeed, that’s the part that hurts. But my role right now is just to be the biggest cheerleader and supporter I can."
"You know what, it’s just one of those seasons, man," Tillman said. "It’s the National Football League. And I think it happens to every team at least once in a year. It just so happens that the injury bug has a hold of our team for some reason. I don’t know why."
He’s the 4th Bears defensive starter to hit IR this season.
Jay Cutler suffered a high-ankle sprain during Sunday’s loss in addition to the groin injury that he’s still recovering from. Because of this, coach Mark Trestman has announced that Josh McCown will start this Sunday against the Ravens, saying this:
"You saw Josh play a week ago (in an upset win over Green Bay). He played very effectively," Trestman said. "He took care of the football. He was very efficient. We hope to get the same out of him Sunday. Josh has been here working for the last eight months learning the offense, and when he’s had the opportunity to play, he’s played very well."
“We’re not talking about taking a helmet and walking off the field with a helmet. We’re talking about other things. The words you use, the way you act, the things you say, affect people from all different backgrounds and places. We’ve got to understand that the beauty of this game is it draws people from everywhere, from different realities and different perceptions, but that can all be neutralized through respect and using the proper language and proper words in the right place and the right time, in this building, on the field and when we’re out in the community because we represent the entire city.”—
Bears head coach Marc Trestman on how he addressed hazing in his locker room.
“Since I’ve been president, only one team has brought a world championship to my hometown of Chicago,” he said. “And now the Blackhawks have done it twice. Twice! So congratulations again to the Blackhawks. To the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, White Sox — I am term-limited, so you guys have got to get moving. I need to see you here soon. Championships belong in Chicago.”—
“I’m sure our d-coordinator will say that he’ll take blame. But I think that blame starts with us as players, just not paying attention to the details, not being focused on yourself. Trying to do somebody else’s job, getting out of your gap, playing man instead of zone. Things like that. Small things. It’s just us shooting ourselves in the foot.”—
Via the Chicago Tribune, it looks like Jay Cutler and Kristen Cavallari are pumping out another kid. Cutty’s groin injury clearly hasn’t made his semen any less virile. Hopefully Trestman was in the other room making sure Jay’s footwork was good.
“I’m heartbroken for Jay. We’re obviously really close and any time you see a close friend go down like that it breaks your heart. These last few years, it seems like he gets rolling and then something like this happens. He’ll get through it, though. He’s a very mentally tough person.”—
Bears QB Josh McCown regarding the injury to teammate Jay Cutler.
LOT of stuff happened today, so here’s a condensed version for your reading pleasure.
Here’s what Bears GM Phil Emery said in today’s press conference:
Praised play of Podlesh, Gould, and Mannelly, but that’s about it. Got hung up on a weird dusty road/car/oil patch metaphor.
Refused to answer questions about contracts, namely Cutler, but did say he’s been a key leader and improved a lot.
Trades aren’t injury-based, says trading is all about getting fair value. Said he’s had trade talks but feels like fair value has never been offered.
No chance whatsoever of bringing back Urlacher. He’s receiving termination pay and filed his retirement papers months before the season started, so no way.
Praised McClellin’s play against the run and gap discipline. Regarding Peppers he’s expecting improvement in consistency. Hm.
Thinks that the problem on defense isn’t that it’s this player or that player, he thinks it’s a poor combination of those players and there’s a lot of breakdowns in assignments. Take that for what you will.
Looking for players that transcend schemes. Not going to scout for one scheme or another. Says the defense is a 4-3 and won’t speculate as to what they would do in the future.
Believes Marc Trestman always has a plan, no matter what the situation.
Confirmed Jordan Palmer’s coming back and are releasing Steve Maneri to open up that spot.
Team has strong belief in Josh McCown. He’s completely bought in and teammates have rallied around him.
Peanut’s gonna be given the benefit of the doubt to properly inform the team when he feels healthy, even if it means taking a series off.
Head coach Marc Trestman also took the podium:
Elaborated that Cutler’s injury is going to be minimum a month-long healing time followed by a week-to-week evaluation.
Talked about the prolific injury problems around the NFL and how the Bears are still in a good place to win with Josh McCown.
Confirmed rookie Khasim Greene will start in place of the injured Lance Briggs who’ll be out for 6 weeks or so. James Anderson or rookie Jon Bostic will be making the line calls pre-snap on defense.
Emphasized that the goal of the bye week is complete rest. Not going to work the team any more than necessary before the MNF game against Green Bay.
The safeties need to play better. Too many missed assignments that aren’t indicative of their talent. Also said they should be cut some slack due to a lack of a pass rush.
Feels Jordan Palmer’s a natural backup to be brought back due to a positive impression during preseason. Earl Bennett is the emergency QB. Yeesh.
The Bears will be without quarterback Jay Cutler for at least four weeks and linebacker Lance Briggs for at least six because of the injuries they suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Redskins, the team announced Monday.
An MRI exam revealed Cutler has a torn groin muscle. Briggs, the anchor of the defense, has a small fracture in his shoulder, the team said.
Neither player will require surgery, coach Marc Trestman said.
Regarding Cutler, Trestman said, “I’m only confident by what they’ve told me. This is a minimum of four weeks. Then he’ll be evaluated week to week. … Four weeks is a reasonable start. And then it’ll be week to week. I’m encouraged by the prognosis.”
“Guys like that really don’t understand that there is life after football. I respect the league trying to better our game and guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely.”—
Bears WR Brandon Marshall’s response when asked about Brandon Meriweather’s numerous head-hunting hits
“I think you have to have a system that you believe in, and Jay picks up any system very quickly. You’re trying to get the best supporting cast to give your quarterback a chance to be successful, and that’s what I see that they’ve done to give him a chance to utilize his talents.”—
High praise from Cutler’s former coach Mike Shanahan, whom Jay will play against this Sunday.
Several reports surfaced Wednesday indicating that Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall would not be allowed to wear his lime green cleats for Thursday night’s game against the Giants at Soldier Field.
Not so, an NFL spokesperson told the Tribune on Wednesday afternoon.
Marshall’s vow to wear those lime green cleats as a means of promoting his foundation and its work with mental health awareness can go on as planned. The Bears receiver would face a fine for doing so — which Marshall himself said he was anticipating when he spoke with reporters on Tuesday.
But the league said Marshall is “not being barred from entering the field” wearing the cleats.
According to the league’s 2013 schedule of fines, the minimum fine for a uniform or equipment violation is $5,250 for a first offense. The penalty doubles for a second offense.
“Like I said since day one, I’m always going to make mistakes. That’s how I play. I’m going to continue to play that way. My emotion is going to be on my sleeve. I’ve played that way since I was 6 years old. I’ve cried when I was in Little League and I’ve cried since I’ve been in the NFL over games.”—
Bears coach Marc Trestman announced Monday that defensive tackle Nate Collins will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Saints.
Collins was injured in the third quarter when his leg buckled while he was being blocked by an offensive lineman. He was making his second straight start in place of Henry Melton, who also suffered a torn ACL on a nearly identical play two weeks earlier in a win over the Steelers.
With Stephen Paea unable to play against the Saints due to a toe injury, end Corey Wootton moved inside to tackle. Collins was replaced by Landon Cohen, who signed with the Bears Sept. 27.Zach Minter was the only other tackle who was active, but he did not play.
Collins, a four-year NFL veteran who joined the Bears in 2012, was performing well before the injury Sunday, recording four tackles, one sack, one tackle-for-loss and two quarterback hits.