are just 1-5 after starting the season 7-1. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
Brandon Marshall was fired up this week, ahead of a key rivalry clash with the Packers. Sunday, after the Bears managed just 190 total yards in a costly 21-13 loss, Marshall had seen enough.
"Everybody involved in the offense should be held accountable, even if that means jobs," [si_launchNFLPopup video='3c150510409e4a48b7dbe997ce4d39a0']an emotional Marshall said during a brief press conference[/si_launchNFLPopup]. "It's been this way all year. There's no excuse, we have two games left. There's still hope, but at the same time, we need to be held accountable. ...
"It's been the same way all year, it's the same thing every single game. We need to be held accountable."
Marshall did not single out the offensive line, but that's been the starting point for most of Chicago's troubles since a 7-1 start. Jay Cutler took four sacks Sunday and felt pressure on a number of his 21 passes.
The Bears also provided almost no help to Marshall and running back Matt Forte. That duo combined for 189 yards; only Cutler (nine yards rushing) and Armando Allen (24 total yards) picked up any positive yardage beyond that.
With a concussed Earl Bennett out of the lineup, Cutler threw four times to Alshon Jeffrey and once to Devin Hester, resulting in five incompletions.
The Bears actually took a lead Sunday, 7-0 in the second quarter, on a Cutler-to-Marshall TD pass. But Chicago managed just two field goals the rest of the way, despite twice having the ball inside Green Bay's red zone -- once following a long pass interference penalty and another time after the Packers attempted a gadget play on a punt return.
"What I've got to do is try my best to keep it together and not let this affect me, because it's starting to affect me more than it should," Marshall said. "I love this game, I'm passionate about this game and it's affecting me way too much.
"I'm trying my all to do my job ... that's it."
The Bears, who had been on top of the NFC North for weeks, were eliminated from the division race Sunday and dropped to eighth place in the conference standings -- two spots back of a wild-card berth. They do close with a pair of favorable matchups against two teams well outside the playoff chase (at Arizona, at Detroit). But even if they win both, they still could miss the playoffs, thanks to their recent collapse.
Chicago, with injuries mounting, certainly did not look much like a playoff team Sunday. And another letdown proved too much for Marshall.