Brandon Marshall throws support behind Lovie Smith, Jay Cutler
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) is tackled by Detroit Lions cornerback Ron Bartell (41) in the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
DETROIT — If receiver Brandon Marshall gets his way, the Bears won’t make any significant changes, especially at coach and quarterback.
“I’ve had different head coaches, but if it was up to me, I don’t want another coach,” Marshall told the Sun-Times. “I’d run through a brick wall for him, and that’s the same way with every other guy in the locker room.
“Amazing man, amazing coach. We just need to get some things together in certain areas.”
Marshall feels even stronger about Cutler.
“I’m at the point now, there aren’t too many guys who understand my approach to the game. And he makes it easy for me to work,” Marshall said. “We still have a lot to work on, but at the same time, I can’t see myself with anyone else as a quarterback.
“When he retires, I will retire.”
Cutler and Smith have contracts through the 2013 season. The Bears finished this season 10-6, but there has been no clarity on Smith’s future after his team squandered a 7-1 start.
Marshall even cast his support for quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, whom he worked with in Denver, and offensive coordinator Mike Tice.
“You look at the numbers, and it’s obvious I had a great year. But at the end of the day, the numbers are useless because we’re not in the playoffs,” he said. “Offensively, we struggled throughout, so that’s disappointing.
“That’s on all of us. That’s not just on the coaches, it’s on the players. I’m a fan of Jeremy Bates and also coach Tice.”