By Nick Wilder
Several Detroit Lions players have fired back at Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
In a battle for first place in the NFC North on Sunday, the Lions were able to beat Chicago after the Bears failed to convert a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game.
On Monday, Marshall made some critical comments about the Lions, calling them the “little brothers” in the division.
"That's exactly what it is. It's the little brother that grew a little bit,” Marshall said on ESPN 1000. “He may be a little taller than the big brother. He's not stronger, he's not better than the big brother in anything, but just that one day he says 'You know what, I'm fed up, I'm done, I'm going to punch my brother in the face.’
"The big brother wants to go out and play with his friends and the little brother is annoying 'Hey can I go?' 'No, Detroit Lions, just sit back sit in your little city, fix your financial problems, all of that. You can't come with us right now.' But right now they got the best of us, they beat us twice, they swept us, but what matters is when we see them in the playoffs so it'll be a great show. It's going to be tough, but I guarantee it's not going to go down like it did the first two games."
Rob Sims, left guard for the Lions, responded to Marshall’s comments on Tuesday by stating that it was unacceptable for the Bears wide receiver to attack the city of Detroit.
"If you want to go after somebody, we standing right here," Sims said. "We ain't running from nobody. The city and what it's going through, there's no reason to attack that. That's a different situation.
"A lot of people are hurting off that, so there's no reason for him to come at that."
Lions running back Reggie Bush ran for 105 yards on 14 carries in Sunday's win and also responded to Marshall with his personal experience.
“Well, B. Marshall is a good friend of mine," Bush said. “I'm not surprised at all that he said that.
"You know what's funny is that I have a little brother and growing up, I was always like the older brother, pushing him around a little bit, and now he's 6-foot-7," Bush said. "There's no more pushing him around anymore. He can hang with me. At some point in time, the little brother always grows up and ends up being the bigger brother."