(CBS) Jets receiver Brandon Marshall is still talking about his time with the Bears.
Reflecting on Chicago’s disastrous 5-11 season in 2014, Marshall contends that he was the only person in the Bears locker room who could hold often-criticized quarterback Jay Cutler accountable.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: Statewide Coronavirus Cases Drop For Second Consecutive Week
“There’s a culture in the league that you keep everything in house,” Marshall said in an interview on ESPN’s First Take. “But for me, last year, I just felt like we we’re going on 10 years — nine, 10 years in the league — it’s time to get it. And 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, and I think there are some things I could take back.”
Marshall had an injury-riddled 2014 campaign, dealing with a nagging ankle injury before missing the final four games of the year with injuries to his ribs and lung. He reportedly called out Cutler after an October loss to the Dolphins, and he criticized him at least indirectly on multiple occasions later in the season.READ MORE: Judge Rules Prosecutors Can't Show Kyle Rittenhouse Link To Proud Boys At Trial In Kenosha Shootings
“This is the last time I’m going to talk about this,” Marshall said. “We didn’t talk during the year much. We still haven’t talked, and that’s sad. That’s sad. I don’t think there’s anybody in the league that had more chemistry than us. If you played two-man and we had a slant route, I was going to run into the hole and he was going to find me. We saw the game the right way. We didn’t even have to talk. We didn’t even have to give signals.”
Marshall was also asked why Cutler was missing consistency.
“I don’t know if he’s been hit too many times or has been beat up (by the defense),” Marshall said. “You have to think about it — he’s one of the most hit quarterbacks ever. That can take a toll on you.”MORE NEWS: Hundreds Of Cars Roll Through Downtown For Second Night To Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
Watch Marshall’s full interview below.