LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall lashed out at Green Bay on Wednesday, saying he's never disliked a team as much as the Packers.

"I don't like the Green Bay Packers," he said during his weekly session with reporters. "I'm not going to use the word hate, but I really dislike the Green Bay Packers and their players. But the talk, you have to back it up. We'll go out there and we'll do everything we need to do to get a win."

The Bears (8-5) clearly need one after dropping four of five heading into Sunday's home game against Green Bay. The Packers (9-4) clinch the NFC North if they beat Chicago, so the stakes already were high.

Marshall simply added some more fuel during a lively news conference.

"This is personal," he said.

He strode to the podium with a small, almost bare Christmas tree with a red ornament dangling from it, as the Peanuts theme played.

It was a symbolic statement, that even though things are looking about as ugly as Charlie Brown's Christmas tree at the moment, the Bears still have time.

There was nothing symbolic when it came to his comments about the Packers.

"I've never felt this strong in sports — versus any team or any players," Marshall said. "I'm going to play like it's my last game."

His dislike for them seems to stem from a 23-10 loss at Green Bay in Week 2 in which he caught just two passes for 24 yards.

Marshall called defensive coordinator Dom Capers the MVP for the Packers and took issue with comments he said several of their players made. He also said he hopes to see one-on-one coverage.

"For their players to be over there talking about how awesome of a job they (do) shutting down certain players, I don't respect that, when it's two and three guys on you or other guys," Marshall said. "Coach Capers did an amazing job of game-planning us and game-planning me. I didn't beat double or triple coverage or whatever they were throwing at us. I take it as a slap in my face when guys talk about my lack of ability to do something against them when they have help all over the place. I'm looking forward to one-on-one coverage. Hopefully, those guys in games like this may go to their coach and say, 'Let me have him. I want Brandon Marshall. I want to stop Brandon Marshall. Let me have him one-on-one, press coverage.' And we'll see what happens."

Marshall said cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson said some things that bothered him.

The most pointed comments from the Packers that night were directed toward Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, with Woodson saying they knew he would throw it to them.

Considering they picked him off four times, it was hard to argue. And they did that after Cutler wished the Packers "good luck" trying to match up physically with the Bears' receivers.

Woodson did tell FOXsports.com in an article that appeared last month that Marshall "likes to bend and break the rules."

"He's one of those guys where he wants you to put your hands on him so he's going to grab you and throw you. I'm like, 'Mr. Ref, he's not fast enough to get on top of me. How do you think he got on top?'" Woodson told the website.

Marshall, meanwhile, was asked about the physicality of Green Bay's secondary on Wednesday.

"Non-existent," he responded.

Marshall added: "Leading up to the game, they were complaining about how big I was and I was a cheater because I grabbed and pushed at the line of scrimmage. I thought that what's bump coverage was about. So they put them off and throw them inside and safety over the top and a linebacker running out to me. They did a bunch of things and it was good. But we won't make that mistake again. We won't force the ball to me."

Marshall called this the biggest game of his career and said he was looking forward to facing Woodson. But that won't happen.

Shortly after Marshall spoke, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said doctors decided Woodson isn't quite ready to return from a broken collarbone, so he's been ruled out for this week.

Marshall, meanwhile, said he respects the Packers' accomplishments. He just won't be shaking their hands on Sunday.

"It's not going to happen," he said.

You might also like

(11) comments

retired

Just another worthless Bear with all mouth, no play. I would guess he knows their sesason is just about over. Bring on Cutler, waiting to injoy the sacks and interception's.
GO PACK, GO.

perkred

HAAAHAAAHAA - brandon just caused alot of pain for the rest of his team - the Pack will destroy the cubs - I mean bears (kinda)

midwestguy

This Brandon Marshall sounds mad. Players who let their emotions get the better of them usually make mistakes.

foodanddrink

Oops. Looks like someone forgot to take their Lithium!

snootyelites

Brandon Marshall - your sorry rear is in lot of trouble! Bringing it on baby; cheese will triple team you.

Da Bears are Da No Good!

River

If I were Marshall, I'd motivate my team in the same way too, especially since Cutler is incapable of doing so.

Universalcare

Really good players let their play do the talking. Marshall-not so much.

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

That expansion team up in the Twin Cities deludes itself into thinking it has a rivalry with the Packers.

To paraphrase Crocodile Dundee: "Rivalry? Nah! That's no rivalry. Now, THIS is a rivalry!"

Booke

A non-story!! Big deal!! He didn't say anything out of line. The chance of the Bears winning against the pack is almost zero....

Devastation608

I don't wanna use the words not care, but I really don't care about the bears

Teapartyterrorist
Teapartyterrorist

The Packers have beaten the Bears so many times over the years they have taken all of their pride, dignity and respect... The Bears have nothing and the Packers are a big reason for it!!!

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it clean. Exchange ideas and opinions on posted articles. Don't promote products or services, impersonate other site users, register multiple accounts, threaten or harass others, post vulgar, abusive, obscene or sexually oriented language. Don't post content that defames or degrades anyone. Don't repost copyrighted material; link to it. In other words, stick to the topic and play nice. Report abuses by clicking the button. Users who break the rules will be banned from commenting. We no longer issue warnings. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.