Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - October 8 - Fox 2 News Headlines

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - October 8

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It's Mental Health Awareness week. Brandon Marshall was front and center as spokesperson, educating--even quizzing--the media on the statistics surrounding the mental illness he's battled in the past.

Marshall brought a few door prizes to the podium today, handed out information to us regarding Borderline Personality Disorder and how we can support his efforts to raise awareness and funds for research. Marshall maintains he's over his battle with BPD, has found safety in freedom of being who he is, and expressing himself. Something he struggled to do when he was in the grips of his disorder--the results of which we've seen the last two weeks as he expressed his frustration with lack of involvement in the offense.

11 catches for 109 yards and one touchdown in two Bears losses is not enough for Marshall.

"It's about production, it's not about me...it's about our offense," Marshall said today.

He likes that Alshon Jeffrey set the new franchise record with 218 receiving yards so perhaps the Giants won't double team him on Thursday and he can get 10-12 catches and have a monster day like he's aching to. "You going to pay a receiver 10 million dollars and then not give him the ball? Get out of here."

Marshall wants the ball. He loves having other guys be productive. But he wants the ball. So which is it? On one hand, he invited Jeffry to Florida for off-season training to make him better. Then, he recruited Martellus Bennett to make the Bears better. But now that the offense is loaded with weapons, Marshall is frustrated that his numbers are down. Keep in mind before last Sunday, his numbers through the first four games were actually higher than they were a year ago when he ended up with a career high. So is this frustration really because they are losing or because he really does just want the ball?

Marc Trestman and Marshall's BFF - Jay Cutler- all say Marshall's heart is in the right place and he really wants to just win, make the play offs and be productive getting there. I so desperately want to believe them.

"When he doesn't get the ball he's not mad at you, he just wants to win and he knows by catching the ball he can help us do that, " Trestman said of his top receiver.

But, everyone knows rushing the passer can help too and for a depleted defensive line, this has been a struggle. The Bears still don't know if Stephen Paea will be able to play through his sprained toe. Nate Collins is out for the season. So the Bears will kick off week 6 with their 5th different player combination at defensive line.

"Everyone in our building can at some point be called up. It's up to us to get them to play winning football," defensive co-ordinator Mel Tucker said today.

He never imagined the shuffling he's had to do to in the early part of this season, but its reality when you lose 2 guys to season ending ACL injuries.

So the defensive line personnel now consists of Julius Peppers, Corey Wootton, Shea McClellin, David Bass, London Cohen, and rookie Zach Minter. Yeah, chemistry might be a long time coming BUT the perfect cure for what else the defense could be the NY Giants. The G-Men rank last in rushing offense, have the league's highest turnover ratio and Eli Manning has been sacked 15 times - tied for worst in the NFC. But the Bears know what a Manning is capable of (don't we all?) so they are preparing for a future Hall of Famer, who doesn't go away and is desperate for a win.

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