"I've got to do a better job of putting myself in position to beat double coverage, and trying to make myself quarterback-friendly so I can try to make a play for our offense," Marshall said after Sunday's 26-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints. "We're struggling a little bit. ... So the past few weeks have been frustrating."
Marshall had just four catches for 30 yards, one being a garbage-time 2-yard touchdown. The Saints bracketed Marshall and rolled extra bodies his way all day, especially after the Bears got behind big.
Marshall consciously put the perceived lack of production on his own shoulders.
"As a receiver, you always want the ball," he said. "You know, your mentality is to think it's always better when you're gettin' in. But, you know, coach Trestman is an offensive guru. Jay's a good quarterback. We're going to do what's best for the team."
The defensive attention on Marshall has allowed Alshon Jeffery to make the leap this season. Jeffery had 10 receptions for a Bears franchise record 218 yards against the Saints, a week after going for 107 yards on five catches.
Jay Cutler has spread the ball around more in coach Marc Trestman's offense, whereas in past seasons it was Marshall or bust. The quarterback said Jeffery's production should open up Marshall in the future.
"You can't keep doubling (Marshall) and letting another receiver go for 200 yards," Cutler said. "It's silly to keep doing that. He's going to get his."
When he gets his, perhaps Marshall can retire that F-word for the season.