Marshall: Hold offense 'accountable, even if it means jobs'


Marshall: Hold offense 'accountable, even if it means jobs'

During a dismal time heading up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their early years, legendary coach John McKay was once asked how he felt about his offenses execution.

Im in favor it, McKay answered.

Brandon Marshall has some of those same sentiments about what was supposed to be an explosive Chicago Bears offense.

After a 21-13 sleepwalk against the Green Bay Packers, in which the Bears totaled 190 yards, converted zero of nine third downs and scored exactly one touchdown, Marshall was blunt:

Everyone involved in the offense should be held accountable, even if it means jobs, said a visibly emotional Marshall, who scored the Bears only touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Jay Cutler.

Everyone on offense should be held accountable. Its been this way all year. Theres no excuse. We still have two game left. Theres still hope but at the same time, we need to be held accountable.

How high up and deep the accountability goes is uncertain. Quarterback Jay Cutler has a year remaining on his contract but has done little after getting the No. 1 receiver (Marshall) and the passing-game coach (Jeremy Bates) that he expressly campaigned for.

Blame falls on me, Cutler said. Ill take full responsibility for this offense and for this passing game. I didnt get the job done and we lost the game.

Coordinator Mike Tice made the offensive line his area of focus and that group was a revolving door on Sunday alone.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.