After another miserable performance against the Packers on Sunday,
A day after his team lost for the fifth time in six games,
So now we see the kind of communication that requires the offense to waste so many timeouts.
On Wednesday, Marshall was admitting his comments rubbed some people the wrong way, but said he also saw some positive response.
"You're hearing the word 'accountability' thrown around,'' said Marshall, and like a lot of things thrown around with the Bears, it was intercepted.
Marshall wouldn't say whether he got called into the principal's office, but it sounds like that was the case.
"The comment that I made I should have kept to myself and kept in-house,'' said Marshall, but I believe I saw Smith's mouth moving as he said it.
If Marshall thinks he's a Bears leader with such public statements, he's playing for the wrong coach. He might not have to worry about it in another two games, but for this month, Smith wants players to shut up when it comes to placing blame.
As we've seen, when it's time to blame someone, Smith will fire his handpicked offensive coordinator and hope that the wonks at Halas Hall don't notice the cover-your-butt pattern.
Smith wants vocal unity among players and coaches, and what a coincidence: Such a policy hides the truth. If Smith wanted the truth out there, he wouldn’t offer a clown statement like
That was the bummer Wednesday. Smith muzzled Marshall's opinion, which denied us the chance to hear Marshall detail who should lose what job. That would've been the good stuff. Naming names always is. I think it would be revealing to see who the best player on the offense believes is preventing the offense from becoming productive.
Or maybe Marshall was talking about wide receiver wannabe
Or maybe Marshall would've fingered tailback
Or maybe Marshall meant half the offensive line and both tight ends. Can't lose pointing to those spots because the Bears can't win a Super Bowl with them.
But no. Didn't happen. Marshall pointed out his own failures, and that was that. No names named.