The Miami Dolphins came out hot against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and did not layoff on the beat down until quarterback Ryan Tannehill was taking two kneel downs to kill the clock and the game. On the final Bears offensive play, wide receiver Brandon Marshall could not come down with a pass in the endzone. He shoved Miami cornerback Cortland Finnegan after the play, clearly frustrated by the contest.
That frustration continued into the locker room, according to multiple reports, and it was not just Marshall.
Kyle Long blames fans for not making enough noise on 3rd down defensive plays, and says they can't boo. This is quite a day for the #Bears.— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein) October 19, 2014
Just got back from the #Bears locker room. Brandon Marshall said being 3-4 is unacceptable dozens of times. Kyle Long ripped the fans.— Jordan Bernfield (@JordanBernfield) October 19, 2014
Marshall told reporters, "Same mistakes, same mistakes, same mistakes. We've got to protect the football. We've got to protect the football. We've got to execute the game plan. We've got to adjust when things don't go as we saw on the film.
"We've got Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte," Marshall continued. "We've got a stud offensive line. We've got a great, great group of guys, and this is unacceptable. What did we put up, 14 points? Was it 14 points? That's unacceptable."
Maybe it was a completely innocent oversight that Marshall, who did not get along with former Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne when both players were in Miami from 2010-2011, named all of the starters for the Bears' offense except quarterback Jay Cutler. Yeah, I'm sure he just forgot.
Long, meanwhile, targeted the fans. After the game, he tried to explain on Twitter that he was asked a specific question, and that he answered it. Whatever the case, Bears fans cannot be happy about being called out by Long as they watched their team get dismantled at home.
Reporters outside the Bears' locker room could hear players shouting at each other prior to the media being given access. Head coach Marc Trestman described the locker room as "a very sick locker room," with Marshall adding, "We lost, there should be a lot of frustration. You should hear frustration."
NBC Sports' Mike Florio reported during the network's Football Night in America Sunday Night Football pre-game show that Marshall was involved in the shouting, and that he called out all of his teammates during the rant, telling them they do not care enough.
Miami's domination caused the Bears to fall to 3-4 on the season, and, perhaps more embarrassingly, to 0-3 at home this season. Chicago joins the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only three franchises in the league without a home win this year.
The Dolphins saw Marshall's frustration when he played for them. Shortly after being hired by Miami, head coach Joe Philbin decided he wanted general manager Jeff Ireland to trade away the Pro Bowl receiver, rather than dealing with the locker room attitude. The Dolphins shipped him to Chicago where he was reunited with his former Denver Broncos quarterback, Cutler, a relationship Marshall seemed to celebrate re-igniting.
It appears that relationship may be a little rocky after today.