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Marshall: Hold offense 'accountable, even if it means jobs'


Marshall: Hold offense 'accountable, even if it means jobs'

During a dismal time heading up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their early years, legendary coach John McKay was once asked how he felt about his offenses execution.

Im in favor it, McKay answered.

Brandon Marshall has some of those same sentiments about what was supposed to be an explosive Chicago Bears offense.

After a 21-13 sleepwalk against the Green Bay Packers, in which the Bears totaled 190 yards, converted zero of nine third downs and scored exactly one touchdown, Marshall was blunt:

Everyone involved in the offense should be held accountable, even if it means jobs, said a visibly emotional Marshall, who scored the Bears only touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Jay Cutler.

Everyone on offense should be held accountable. Its been this way all year. Theres no excuse. We still have two game left. Theres still hope but at the same time, we need to be held accountable.

How high up and deep the accountability goes is uncertain. Quarterback Jay Cutler has a year remaining on his contract but has done little after getting the No. 1 receiver (Marshall) and the passing-game coach (Jeremy Bates) that he expressly campaigned for.

Blame falls on me, Cutler said. Ill take full responsibility for this offense and for this passing game. I didnt get the job done and we lost the game.

Coordinator Mike Tice made the offensive line his area of focus and that group was a revolving door on Sunday alone.

Morgan Park senior guard Ayo Dosunmu commits to Illinois


Morgan Park senior guard Ayo Dosunmu commits to Illinois

Morgan Park senior guard Ayo Dosunmu ended his recruitment on Thursday night as he picked Illinois over his other finalist of Wake Forest.

Regarded as the top overall prospect in the Illinois senior class, the 6-foot-4 Dosunmu is a monster coup for new head coach Brad Underwood and the Illinois coaching staff as it signifies that the top player in the state of Illinois is staying with the Illini in back-to-back classes.

With Underwood and Illinois landing Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith from Edwardsville in the Class of 2017, now Illinois has a great backcourt for the future that should be among the best in the Big Ten.

Dosunmu's commitment also signifies a major victory for Underwood and his staff when it comes to recruiting the Chicagoland area and the Public League as the Illini are hoping to continue to keep top city talent at home.

A first-team NBC Sports Chicago All-Area selection as a junior, Dosunmu averaged 18.3 points per game last season as he helped Morgan Park capture a Class 3A state championship.

Eddie Olczyk delivers motivational message to Cubs fans


Eddie Olczyk delivers motivational message to Cubs fans

Eddie Olczyk had a special message for the Cubbie faithful ahead of Game 5 of the NLCS.  

The Blackhawks color commentator passed along some inspiring words that were played on the Wrigley Field jumbotron right before first pitch:

“It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get up,” Olczyk said as North Siders cheered.

Olczyk’s motivational pep talk had extra meaning given that he’s in the midst of his own fight. The Chicago legend was diagnosed with colon cancer in August and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment ever since. His resilience is unmistakable, though. Olczyk returned to the broadcast booth this week and will continue announcing as his health allows.

Even with all that’s happening in his own life, Olczyk is still putting on for his hometown teams.