AL HAMNIK: 'Drama queen' steals the show at Bears practice

2013-08-27T18:15:00Z 2013-10-12T22:03:08Z AL HAMNIK: 'Drama queen' steals the show at Bears practiceAl Hamnik Times Columnist nwitimes.com
August 27, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

LAKE FOREST | Brandon Marshall grabbed the spotlight at Bears practice Tuesday, not for what he did on the field, but what he told a gathering of media at his locker.

And it was disturbing and confusing because this shouldn't be a story.

The Bears' No. 1 weapon last season with 118 receptions accounting for 46 percent of the offense suffers from a borderline personality disorder which he openly discussed when he signed a year ago.

Professional counseling helped him adapt to the daily pressures that haunt celebrities. But Tuesday, Marshall sounded so needy, so desperate for attention, one media member called him a "drama queen."

Medical experts interviewed on local radio said panic and the loss of self-esteem are typical with Marshall's condition, but were we overreacting just a bit?

Those who know Brandon Marshall, who covered him in Denver and Miami, say he tends to be moody and withdrawn when he's no longer the center of attention. His career stats indicate that.

Last season, Marshall was the Bears. This season, new coach Marc Trestman is promising a wide-open offense with everyone getting their moment in the spotlight.

The usually upbeat, jovial wide receiver sounded as though he needed to be talked in off the ledge and given a group hug.

"Mentally and physically, I'm trying to pick it up a little more," he said. "I'm trying to figure out my role and my place in this offense. I'm trying to be healthy for Week 1, coming off my third hip surgery.

"I'm not where I want to be right now and it's a little frustrating. The offense has done well but not for me. I've had about 10 drops."

Marshall has four receptions for 38 yards in the preseason and says he still needs to scrape off the rust.

"Some people might think I need to be farther along than where I am. Maybe they've pushed a little bit," he said.

Marshall never gave specifics as to who?

Jay Cutler knows this guy better than anyone in the organization and was asked if he's had to talk Marshall off the ledge. He smiled.

"That's B. He's gonna take it hard for a couple of days and then he'll snap out of it and be the guy we want him to be next week," Cutler said. "This week, we don't need him (against Cleveland) so he can stay on the ledge a couple more days and then come back next week."

The Bears don't seem to be waving any caution flags though Cutler admitted his favorite target looks out of sync running routes this preseason.

"Yeah, you can see it. Conditioning-wise, he's a little behind," Cutler said. "He knows where he has to be. It's just a matter of getting out there and pushing his hip through things."

Trestman didn't summon Marshall for some couch time in his office, figuring it was just a matter of self-pride.

"I know Brandon is working his tail off to try to get himself ready. He feels a sense of urgency because the season's 10 days away," Trestman said. "He's a highly-competitive man, an elite player.

"There are days that don't go so well for him and then he'll bounce back. He's trying to push himself through."

Is Marshall still the man?

"I think if Brandon plays every week, he's gonna have a lot of catches and certainly be instrumental in our team's success," Trestman replied.

That should be enough for No. 15. But will it?

This column solely represents the reader's opinion. Reach him at al.hamnik@nwi.com

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