A 55-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday night left the Bears at 3-6 and in a desperate search for answers. On Tuesday, during his weekly appearance on Showtime's "Inside the NFL," Bears receiver Brandon Marshall called the setback "one of the most demoralizing games I’ve been in."
"I mean, I’m at a loss for words," Marshall said. "I think everyone is at this point."
But Marshall was also in a hunt for remedies, fully aware that his team is in a major confidence funk and needing to find its way out. So as the Pro Bowl wide receiver discussed the Bears’ disastrous season with fellow panelists Boomer Esiason, Phil Simms and Greg Gumbel, he openly acknowledged the biggest challenges the Bears now face.
“When you lose your confidence, it’s over,” he said. “You don’t have a chance. And right now, that’s where we’re at. I don’t know if you bring in a sports psychologist. I don’t know if you bring out old film and you just show guys like, ‘Listen, you’re in the National Football League.’ Those are things I use sometimes just to remind myself that I can make that play. ... There are a lot of guys -- Kyle Long, Kyle Fuller, Martellus Bennett -- who are out there just playing so hard and really love just the preparation of getting to a Sunday.”
Marshall had his second 100-yard game of the season Sunday, though five of his eight catches and 79 of his 112 yards came after halftime with the game well out of reach. Marshall also sprained his ankle in the second half, an injury that could cut into his practice time this week, though he vowed he will be “ready to roll” when kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings arrives Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.
The Bears are not only winless in their past three games, plummeting to 3-6, they haven’t even held a lead since their 27-13 win on Oct. 12 over the Atlanta Falcons.
“It all starts with confidence,” Marshall said. “Because when you’re looking at 3-6, there’s not much hope. There’s not much confidence. That’s just the reality of it. That has nothing to do with the Chicago Bears. That’s just the reality of life.”