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Marshall clarifies accountability comments

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Marshall clarifies accountability comments

Marshall will keep bosses reactions to accountability comments private
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall issued strong statements after last Sundays loss to the Green Bay Packers, calling for accountability even if it meant jobs.
Some of the folks in those jobs appear not to have appreciated Marshalls public calling-out.
Well, maybe that was a comment that maybe I should have kept to myself and kept in-house, Marshall said, a little sheepishly. And with that being said, any response I got from anybody in the organization, Ill keep that private.
Marshall laughed as he said it but the problems and comments were hardly humorous. And Marshall, who is rewriting the Bears record book for wide receivers, stayed with his accountability theme but pointed the thumb instead of any other digit.
I didnt say I should have refrained from remarks, I said maybe when it comes to, when you have a..., he paused.
I retract that. I retract that if thats what I said. What I meant was, you can lead in so many different ways. I have to be accountable to what I put on tape.
Thats why when I went back to the Green Bay game tape, my blocking wasnt great. I think it was the third play of the game; I was supposed to stay outside and Tramon Williams, Green Bay cornerback got inside of me and tackled Matt Forte for a three-yard gain when that couldve went for 20 or 30 yards.
I have to be accountable to Matt and I have to be accountable to the offensive coordinator and the players and this organization for my play. I think the best teams succeed when we hold each other accountable and we do that.
Clarifying bad losses
I realized that I didnt fully explain this morning the abyss that Lovie Smith would find himself staring into if he had a classic bad loss late in the season. I cited the games with Arizona (5-9) and Detroit (4-10) as precisely that type of situation; lose one of those and Smiths fate is sealed.
The Bears have indeed already taken very bad losses (see: Packers, Green Bay). But I apply that phrase to losses to bad teams, games you clearly should have won with ease, differentiated from those games from games against good teams where you may play badly but at least it was a team of some note.
The Bears played abominable games on offense against Green Bay, Minnesota and even Seattle their last three outings. Those are every bit bad, but as I also noted, losing to good teams may be distasteful but nowhere near the calamity of losing to a doormat.

On a scale of 1-10, Tarik Cohen says his dangerous level is 12

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On a scale of 1-10, Tarik Cohen says his dangerous level is 12

Don't be fooled by Tarik Cohen's height. He has towering confidence and he's setting up to have a big role in coach Matt Nagy's offense in 2018.

“On a scale of 1-10, the dangerous level is probably 12,” Cohen said Thursday at Halas Hall about the impact he can have in the Bears' new system. “Because in backyard football, it’s really anything goes, and it’s really whoever gets tired first, that’s who’s going to lose. I’m running around pretty good out here, so I feel like I’m doing a good job.”

Cohen proved last season he can thrive in space. He made an impact as a runner, receiver and return man and will have a chance at an even bigger workload this fall, assuming he can handle it.

With Jordan Howard established as the starting running back, Cohen knows his touches will come in a variety of ways.

“It might not necessarily be rushes,” he said. “But it’s going to be all over the field, and that’s what I like to do. Any way I can get the ball or make a play for my team, that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”

Cohen averaged 4.3 yards-per-carry as a rookie and led all NFL running backs in the percentage of carries that went for at least 15 yards. He's a big play waiting to happen.

Howard can't get too comfortable in his first-team role. He's a few bad series from Cohen unseating him as the starter and becoming the most valuable weapon in Nagy's offense. The first-year coach is already having trouble hiding his excitement over Cohen, an emotion that will only grow once training camp gets underway.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.