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Brandon Marshall: I was only one with ‘the huevos’ to call out Jay Cutler

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The fracturing of the friendship between Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler took another turn for the worse when the New York Jets wide receiver says he was the only person throughout the entire Chicago Bears organization who had the guts to stand up to Jay Cutler.

Marshall made his comments — which more or less were an indictment of the Bears organization as much as a critique of Cutler — during an appearance Thursday on ESPN’s “First Take” program. His critique in part follows, as transcribed by Newsday’s Kimberley A. Martin.

“I feel like I was the only one in the organization that had the huevos to hold him accountable,” Marshall said. “And it didn’t go the way I wanted it to go, and there’s some things I’d probably take back. But I didn’t want to waste any time. You’ve got to think about this: I’m displacing my family, and there’s coaches too…

“… You don’t just play for yourself, you’re playing for hundreds of people in the organization … You’ve got to play for more than the money, you’ve got to play for more than yourself. That’s the only way this thing works. Some of us get it and some of us don’t. And last year, I just felt like we had all the pieces and I just felt like there were a few things that were missing.”

This is merely the latest in a series of back-and-forth verbal volleys that have been exchanged between the formally close colleagues and apparent pals, whose friendship goes back to their days with the Denver Broncos.

Marshall did refer to Cutler as a “brother” who “love each other” in May, but did say in December that he could see how the Bears might have “buyer’s remorse” over the acquisition of Cutler, who has failed to live up to lofty expectations during his tenure in Chicago.

Reports indicated following Marshall’s trade that the relationship between he and Cutler was “fractured” at the end. He has since taken several shots at the Bears and Cutler, to which the Bears quarterback observed: “No one really likes their ex-girlfriend just after a breakup.”

Indeed.