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Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte strongly back Lovie Smith
Two of the Bears top playmakers insisted that they still believe in coach Lovie Smith.
“I’ve had different head coaches. But if it was up to me, I don’t want another coach. I’d run through a brick wall for him, and that’s the same way with every other guy in the locker room,” Brandon Marshall said of Smith. “Amazing man, amazing coach. We just need to get some things together in certain areas.”
Added running back Matt Forte, “I’d run through a steel wall for him.
“He’s a great coach.”
Marshall and Forte were keys for the an otherwise struggling Bears offense, one that has put Smith’s job status in question. While he’s fielded some excellent defenses, he’s been unable to get a solid offense built, with a revolving door at offensive coordinator.
But Marshall doesn’t want major changes, especially at quarterback.
“I’m at the point now, there aren’t too many guys who understand my approach to the game. And he makes it easy for me to work,” Marshall said of Jay Cutler. “We still have a lot to work on, but at the same time, I can’t see myself with anyone else as a quarterback.
“When he retires, I will retire.”
So what of offensive coordinator Mike Tice?
“You look at the numbers, and it’s obvious I had a great year,” Marshall said. “But at the end of the day, the numbers are useless because we’re not in the playoffs. Offensively, we struggled throughout, so that’s disappointing. That’s on all of us. That’s not just on the coaches, it’s on the players. I’m a fan of Jeremy Bates and also coach Tice.
“Hopefully, we can get things together.”
Asked if big changes are needed, Marshall said, “I’m not going to call anyone out.
“It’s time for us to come together and have a good offseason.”