Matt Forte: Bears ‘had a lot of accountability issues’

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte responded to Brandon Marshall’s comment that Jay Cutler failed to hold himself accountable.

“I don’t think that was the case where everyone was held accountable [last year]. I don’t see how he can say that,” Forte said on The Rich Eisen Show.

“Sometimes Brandon didn’t hold himself accountable.”

Forte said Marshall’s frequent in-season trips to New York to film Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” became a source of friction to some in the organization.

“I didn’t have an issue with it as long as he got back in time, or took care of his body and came to play every Sunday,” Forte said. “I guess a lot of people had issue with that and thought his mind wasn’t on football first.

“I think if a coach didn’t like that [Marshall was going to New York], his best bet was to come out and say that, and be able to express that to him. And at that point, I don’t think it was really expressed to him to not do that or continue to do that. That’s a tough call on that one. I don’t think coach [Marc] Trestman held him accountable either on that aspect, so we had a lot of accountability issues going on last year.”

Cutler also responded to his former teammates comments.

“Anytime you get traded or moved to a team, there’s going to be some issues you are going to deal with or questions that are going to come up,” Cutler said of Marshall, who was traded to the Jets in the offseason. “That’s only natural. All I can say is he’s got a lot of good friends on this team and we wish him the best of luck.

“At this point, we’ve got our own problems and things we are dealing with, and we’re just trying to concentrate on camp and get everything going in the right direction we need it to go.”

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