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Brandon Marshall: I was the only one to have the huevos to hold Jay Cutler accountable on Bears

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Brandon Marshall: I was the only one to have the huevos to hold Jay Cutler accountable on Bears

The Brandon Marshall-Jay Cutler relationship has gotten to the point where it may be beyond repair.

Marshall, who after being traded to the New York Jets this offseason rattled off a list of the best quarterbacks he's ever played with and excluded Cutler from his Rolodex, thew some more shade at his former signal-caller on Thursday.

Marshall discussed his relationship with Cutler on ESPN's First Take and said he was the only person inside Halas Hall to hold Cutler accountable last season.

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"There is a culture in the league that you keep everything in-house," Marshall said.

"But for me last year, I felt like when we are going on 10 years, nine, 10 years in the league — it's time to get it. I felt like I was the only one in the organization that had the 'huevos' to hold him accountable. It didn't go the way I wanted it to go. I think there are things I should take back."

 

Marshall and Cutler both entered the NFL in 2006 after being drafted by the Denver Broncos. The duo reunited in 2012 when Marshall was traded to the Bears.

After putting together back-to-back 1000-yard, 100-reception seasons in 2012 and 2013, Marshall only caught 61 passes for 721 yards in 2014, which were both the lowest totals since his rookie season.

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"We didn't talk much during the year. We still haven't talked," Marshall said. "That is sad. I don't think there is anybody in the league that had more chemistry than us. If we had a slant route, I was going to go in the hole and he would find me. We saw the game the right way. I felt like that is something we could have built on.

"You throw in Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte and our offensive line; I just felt the time was now. They got rid of Brian Urlacher and didn't re-sign Brian Urlacher, and they start allocating most of the funds to the offensive side: That is a sign for me it is on us to lead the way. I felt like we didn't do that."

Marshall went on to evaluate Cutler's play and analyze what his former quarterback is missing.

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"I don't know if he has been hit too many times," Marshall said. "He is one of the most-hit quarterbacks. That can take a toll on you. I'm 31. He is 32 years old...

"I felt like our window was short because we were going to be good and our coaches were going to get taken away and guys were in contract situations and injuries. I wanted everybody to come together and try to take advantage of the opportunity. We didn't do it."

Mike Trout says Browns will win more games than Bears in 2018

Mike Trout says Browns will win more games than Bears in 2018

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout is quickly becoming an icon in American sports. The two-time American League MVP is enjoying another dominant season batting .335 with 23 home runs and 48 RBI.

On Tuesday, he took a swing at what Bears fans may consider a shocking NFL prediction.

“I’ve got the Browns having a better record than the Bears,” Trout told a radio reporter, according to the Los Angeles Times. Trout's comments were made in response the reporter "talking up" Chicago.

Both the Browns and Bears have had productive offseasons that involved headline-grabbing acquisitions on offense. Cleveland drafted QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, traded for WR Jarvis Landry, signed RB Carlos Hyde and drafted a backfield mate for him in Georgia's Nick Chubb. They added potential lockdown corner Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick, too. Add all that to a motivated Josh Gordon ready to contribute for a full season, and there's good reason to be excited in Cleveland.

Still, it's hard imagining Trout can be that confident in a team that's won only one game over the last two seasons. And let's not forget what GM Ryan Pace has done this offseason, one that's been praised by analysts from all corners of the NFL universe. From new coach Matt Nagy to free-agent WR Allen Robinson and all the skill players in between, the Bears are ready to make a legitimate run in the NFC North.

Trout doesn't strike out much in the major leagues, but this prediction feels like it could be a back-straining whiff.

Is Matt Forte pushing for a coaching job with the Bears?

Is Matt Forte pushing for a coaching job with the Bears?

Is former Bears star Matt Forte going to be the team’s new running backs coach?

For now, that’s Charles London’s job, who was hired to head coach Matt Nagy’s staff earlier this year.

But on Tuesday night, Forte tweeted that he would like a coaching spot with Chicago sometime in the near future.

Serving as evidence, the now-retired running back responded to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which announced the Broncos’ hiring of former linebacker Demarcus Ware as a “pass-rush consultant on a part-time basis.” Forte tweeted at the Bears, saying that he is “available” to take on a similar role to Ware’s new Denver gig.

Forte’s tweet was relatively cryptic, and he never specified exactly what type of job he would want with the Bears. After finishing up a storied career this past season and solidifying his name as a Bears legend, Forte has proven that he could easily coach young running backs or even wide receivers at some point.

But isn’t this all just a joke?

Forte silenced the doubters by tweeting “I wasn’t joking” as a response to an article saying that his desire for a new occupation with the Bears was simply a gag. The former workhorse was also intrigued by a fan’s tweet asking “Coach Forte??”

The mere thought of having Forte back in Chicago with the Bears’ coaching staff sent fans on Twitter into a frenzy. In April, Forte came back to Halas Hall to ink his name on a one-day contract, successfully allowing him to retire as a Bear. Now, Forte wants a lengthier stay in the Windy City.

Ware’s role with Denver is not extensive by any means and, according to Schefter, he will work a pretty scattered schedule with Broncos players. What Forte’s role would look like with the Bears is completely unknown if his plan to coach becomes a reality.

Forte has the running back credentials to take on a coaching position. In eight seasons with the Bears, Forte racked up a combined 8,602 rushing yards, second to only the great Walter Payton. Forte’s 4,116 receiving yards as a running back, 12,718 yards from scrimmage, 24 games with 100 rushing yards and 25 games with at least 150 yards from scrimmage also ranks second behind Payton.

Maybe this will be a new development in Chicago’s offseason plans, but there is no real talk of bringing one of the team’s all-time leading rushers back to the team as of right now.

Last month, NBC Sports Chicago announced Forte will be joining the network as a Bears game day studio analyst for the upcoming 2018 NFL season. And we're not joking about that.