The Bears beat writers in Chicago rue the day Inside The NFL decided to take on Brandon Marshall as an analyst. That means they are on call on Tuesday nights to monitor if the receiver makes news on the show.
Marshall did again last night. He admitted he was wrong to blow off the media after the Bears’ loss to Green Bay on Sunday. He also acknowledged that he has been unavailable for interviews this year.
The segment included Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason, playing the mentor role, chastising Marshall for ducking the media.
The Chicago Tribune’s Dan Weiderer had Marshall duty last night. He transcribed the exchange:
Marshall: When the media asks for your time, you better give it to them.
Boomer Esiason: Why is that?
Greg Gumbel: Yeah, why? Why’d you do that (snub the media) anyway?
Marshall: They’re killing me right now. They’re killing me right now. But, I have to say, these people in Chicago have really treated me good. And I need to give them more. I tried to channel my inner-Marshawn Lynch (by not talking.) And it didn’t work for me. It didn’t work for me.
Esiason: Yeah, but why? I know it was a tough game and we’ve all been through that. And you can stand there in front of your locker when you win and it’s great. But you have to do it (after losses too). It’s your responsibility as a team leader to do it when you lose.
Marshall: Well, I haven’t done it all year. Honestly. I haven’t done it. I didn’t do it in camp. And I didn’t do it this year. And they have really been hounding me for the past three weeks. And I’ve got to give them a little more. That is my job.
Esiason: OK, so we’re good now?
Marshall: Yeah. We’re good.
Gumbel: You have a winning personality. So really what’s your problem talking to them?
Marshall: Man, it’s just something about the Green Bay Packers. And I’ve got to do a better job like I said.
Phil Simms: Yeah, it’s part of the job now. It really is part of the job. Quarterbacks, stars of a football team, which you are, you have to go out (and talk). You know what? You can be like a politician. You can go out there and talk to them for 10 minutes and say nothing. You really can.
Marshall: Well, I mean, I’ve done a great job of that my whole career. But these past few months I really haven’t talked to the media at all. I really haven’t. I thought, you know, ‘I’m on Showtime now.’ I’m all over the place. You do “A Football Life” on me on (NFL Network). It’s like, man the people don’t need to see my face anymore.’ So it didn’t work.
Gumbel: We’re actually hearing more from you than most people have all season.
Marshall: Yeah, I know, I know.
Simms: We all learn. It’s a lesson learned. So we all learn our lessons along the way.
Esiason: Just know this. The Bears fans want to hear from you after you win or lose. They want to hear from you. That’s all there is to it.
Of course, Weiderer is skeptical Marshall will follow through with what he said on the show.
The Bears’ standout receiver continues to be mercurial and unpredictable with the media both after games and during the week. And the team continues grappling to find productive ways to facilitate his media obligations — the ones that don’t exist on TV sets in New York with healthy compensation attached.
We’ll see what, if anything, Marshall has to say at Halas Hall this week as the Bears prepare to face Carolina in Week 5.