Marshall clarifies accountability comments

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Marshall clarifies accountability comments

Marshall will keep bosses reactions to accountability comments private
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall issued strong statements after last Sundays loss to the Green Bay Packers, calling for accountability even if it meant jobs.
Some of the folks in those jobs appear not to have appreciated Marshalls public calling-out.
Well, maybe that was a comment that maybe I should have kept to myself and kept in-house, Marshall said, a little sheepishly. And with that being said, any response I got from anybody in the organization, Ill keep that private.
Marshall laughed as he said it but the problems and comments were hardly humorous. And Marshall, who is rewriting the Bears record book for wide receivers, stayed with his accountability theme but pointed the thumb instead of any other digit.
I didnt say I should have refrained from remarks, I said maybe when it comes to, when you have a..., he paused.
I retract that. I retract that if thats what I said. What I meant was, you can lead in so many different ways. I have to be accountable to what I put on tape.
Thats why when I went back to the Green Bay game tape, my blocking wasnt great. I think it was the third play of the game; I was supposed to stay outside and Tramon Williams, Green Bay cornerback got inside of me and tackled Matt Forte for a three-yard gain when that couldve went for 20 or 30 yards.
I have to be accountable to Matt and I have to be accountable to the offensive coordinator and the players and this organization for my play. I think the best teams succeed when we hold each other accountable and we do that.
Clarifying bad losses
I realized that I didnt fully explain this morning the abyss that Lovie Smith would find himself staring into if he had a classic bad loss late in the season. I cited the games with Arizona (5-9) and Detroit (4-10) as precisely that type of situation; lose one of those and Smiths fate is sealed.
The Bears have indeed already taken very bad losses (see: Packers, Green Bay). But I apply that phrase to losses to bad teams, games you clearly should have won with ease, differentiated from those games from games against good teams where you may play badly but at least it was a team of some note.
The Bears played abominable games on offense against Green Bay, Minnesota and even Seattle their last three outings. Those are every bit bad, but as I also noted, losing to good teams may be distasteful but nowhere near the calamity of losing to a doormat.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.