Silent Barber? NFL looking into it

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Silent Barber? NFL looking into it

Marion Barber left his teammates in the lurch on the field Sunday with his gaffes of stopping the clock for the Denver Broncos and then giving them the football via fumble in OT.

Then Barber maintained his media boycott and left his teammates to answer questions about his missteps. And the NFL isnt any happier than some players were.

League sources told CSNChicago.com that the NFL has been in touch with the Bears with regard to Barbers refusal to make himself available during the week or after games. His only media session was a brief handful of questions after his first practice in Bourbonnais.

No one expects a player to enjoy answering media questions after a difficult day. But theres a league policy besides being a stand-up individual (take the heat off your teammates).

Coach Lovie Smith didnt excuse Barbers game-altering plays but spread some blame around for a team loss. The question is whether or not Barber remains the starter. After the two plays Sunday plus the incorrect alignment that cost a TD in the Kansas City loss, how much confidence will coaches and teammates have in Barber with a game on the line.

We're going to evaluate this video like we do after every game, Smith said. But then we're going to move on. Stepping out of bounds was a mistake. That shouldn't happen. But it did. You can't let it happen again.

One Tom Brady stat that is guaranteed to make Bears fans depressed

One Tom Brady stat that is guaranteed to make Bears fans depressed

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl.

Ho hum.

Just another year in the NFL.

Brady's excellence has blown well past historical proportions and is now getting into the territory of surreal. 

Following Sunday night's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game, The MMQB's Peter King released this whopper of a stat:

That is a punch to the gut of Bears fans who have seen their favorite team make the playoffs only once in the last decade and tally just four postseason victories over the past 26 seasons (dating back to 1991).

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

However, the Bears shouldn't feel too bad. King singled them out, but he could've formed the Tweet around more than two dozen other teams because Brady's 24 postseason victories are more than 25 (!!) NFL franchises and tied with another (the New York Giants) all-time.

Yes, that means Brady has won more playoff games than the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins and on and on.

Only the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders have more postseason wins than Brady and the Patriots only have seven playoff victories in games without the three-time Super Bowl MVP at quarterback.

And if it makes Bears fans feel any better, Brady has as many playoff wins by himself as the Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans combined.

Brady's run of success with Bill Belichick and the Patriots is remarkable and likely won't ever be duplicated (let alone surpassed).

In less than two weeks, Brady will play in his seventh Super Bowl — the most ever for one player — and as such, means we've seen Brady in 13.7 percent of the Super Bowls all time (h/t Business Insider).

The Atlanta Falcons, on the other hand, have been around since 1965 and are headed to only their second Super Bowl in franchise history.

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