Folks bill the upcoming matchup between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints on "Monday Night Football" as the Underachiever Bowl, and receiver Brandon Marshall doesn't disagree with that description of these two disappointing clubs.
In fact, Marshall believes the Bears and Saints don't deserve the national stage of ESPN's "Monday Night Football."
"Yeah, they should take us both off 'Monday Night Football' right now," Marshall said Monday during "The Brandon Marshall Show" on ESPN 1000.
Both teams enter the upcoming clash at Soldier Field with 5-8 records. The only difference is the Saints are still vying for a postseason spot, while the Bears were officially eliminated from contention on Sunday by virtue of Detroit's victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"It does shock me, but this story is old," Marshall said. "We've been dealing with this story for weeks now."
Here's today's spin around the Chicago Bears beat:
-- ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson brings us his stock report. In it, he's got the stock of Bears ownership falling.
Dickerson writes: The Bears have now missed the playoffs seven times in the past eight seasons. When a charter franchise of the National Football League reaches the postseason as infrequently as teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars (also one postseason berth in eight years), the problems run deep. Since the Bears fired [Mike] Ditka as coach at the end of the 1992 season, the club that resides in the NFL's second largest media market has qualified for the playoffs a grand total of five times. And people wonder why the 1985 Bears are treated like rock stars to this day. At this rate, Chicago will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Super Bowl XX before the Vince Lombardi Trophy returns to Halas Hall. The Bears are going backward. This is easily the worst season of Bears football since Lovie Smith's first year in 2004 (5-11). The difference is Smith's team 10 years ago had zero expectations. The 2014 Bears were supposed to be contenders. Instead, fans are forced to watch the club simply play out the string. Blame whomever you want, but the real problems originate at the very top. What else needs to be said?
Can't say I disagree one bit with Dickerson's assessment here. Chicago's fans deserve better.
-- Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune writes that Bears coach Marc Trestman remained firm in his support of quarterback Jay Cutler. With three games remaining, it will be difficult for the Bears to maintain a working environment conducive to success given all the criticism and speculation.
Morrissey writes: I'm not suggesting that the Bears trade for Manziel. Johnny Football and George "What's a Football?" McCaskey together in marriage? It would never happen. What I am suggesting is that we here in Chicago adopt the Cleveland Browns quarterback, purely for escape purposes.
Thirteen games into a miserable Bears season and six seasons into Cutler's erratic career in Chicago, the mind looks for ways to stop the pain. Mine has landed on Manziel, the athletic, hard-partying, polarizing rookie whose career probably will end in a spectacular ball of flame. That's pain-killing entertainment, folks.