Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall strolled to the lectern in the media room at Halas Hall with a Charlie Brown-like Christmas Tree on Wednesday. There were only a few branches and just one ornament.
"Right now, metaphorically, our season looks like this tree right now where we're standing," Marshall said. "Barren. Ugly. But there's still hope. As a kid, it doesn't matter how your Christmas tree looks. You're still waiting for Christmas Day. You have hopes and dreams that Santa's going to bring you those things you ask for. It's always a possibility.
"Where we stand today, our goal is to win the NFC championship, beat the Green Bay Packers, win the Super Bowl. All of that still can be under this Christmas tree. Whenever you're down, you've got to try to create some type of balance, so this is a perfect little thing for me to keep me going."
How do they do that?
"Make plays. Make plays," Marshall said. "We [the offense and receivers] let the team down last week, and we have to step up. Whenever you have a defense playing the way they're playing, I mean, they only gave up seven points. Adrian Peterson, of course, he's going to get his, but they only gave up seven points. As an offense, we have to appreciate that, and we have to do our parts."