TWENTYMAN NOTEBOOK: Lions laugh off "little brother" talk; not taking Steelers lightly and McIntosh

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Detroit Lions players laugh off comments made by Bears receiver Brandon Marshall earlier this week - they’ve moved on to the Pittsburgh Steelers

Reggie Bush and Brandon MarshallRB Reggie Bush and WR Brandon Marshall after Sunday's win. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

The Detroit Lions swept the season series from the Chicago Bears for the first time since 2007.

That, apparently, didn’t sit too well with Bears receiver Brandon Marshall.

"They're the little brother who grew a little bit, may be a little taller than the bigger brother. He's not stronger," Marshall said Monday on WMVP-AM, per the Chicago Tribune. "He's not better than the big brother at anything. But it's just that one day, he says, 'I'm fed up. I'm done. I'm going to punch my brother in the face.'"

The Lions beat the Bears, 40-32, earlier in the year at Ford Field and, 21-19, Sunday in Chicago, if that qualifies as a significant enough punch.

"It's the little brother (complex). The big brother wants to go out and play with his friends and the little brother is annoying. 'Hey, can I go?'" Marshall went on to say. "No, you can't go, Detroit Lions. Sit back. Sit in your little city. Know what I mean? Fix your financial problems and all of that. You can't come with us right now."

When asked about those comments on Tuesday, most of the Lions players simply laughed them off.

Dominic Raiola pointed to Marshall’s 2-4 career record vs. Detroit.

Running back Reggie Bush had probably the best response, however.

"You know what’s funny, I have a little brother," Bush said. "I was the older brother and kind of pushed him around a little bit.

"Now he’s 6-7. There’s no pushing him around anymore. He can hang with me. At some point in time the little brother always grows up and ends up being the bigger brother."

Enough said.


Rocky McIntosh has started 78 games at linebacker over an eight-year career. None of those have come in Detroit, though. That’s not McIntosh’s role with this team.

He is the fourth linebacker behind DeAndre Levy, Stephen Tulloch and Ashlee Palmer, all of whom are playing at a high level right now.

"He is such a solid football player," defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said of McIntosh. "I have no issues whatsoever playing him in any game as a starter. He’s got a lot of experience and he is tough."

McIntosh played two defensive snaps in Sunday’s win in Chicago, and both had a huge impact in the win.

He came off the edge and stuffed a 4th-and-1 play in the third quarter and was the reason the first two-point try at the end of the game didn’t work because of his coverage on Matt Forte.

"He’s been a starter in the past, that’s not his role right now, but he prepares every week that way," head coach Jim Schwartz said of McIntosh. "I think that’s the key for any player is, he can control his preparation and his attitude. Both have been outstanding. He’s done a really good job on special teams for us also. He was a good acquisition for us."

McIntosh is one of those under-the-radar signings that every good locker room is littered with.

"I just feed off the guys that are already in there," he said. "Those guys go out there and they are making plays and I don’t want to be left out of the pack, so I have to make a few plays myself."


The Steelers may be only 3-6 on the season, but quarterback Matthew Stafford isn’t taking them, or their defense, lightly, especially at home.

"Turn the tape on and watch them play," Stafford said. "These guys shut down some pretty good offenses and especially for our side of the ball. Their defense is playing well."

Pittsburgh’s defense has given up 16 points or less in three of four home games this year. They also rank fifth in the NFL against the pass, allowing an average of just 201.3 yards per game.

"They still have playmakers," Stafford said. "They have guys that can get after the passes, guys that can pick it off. (Troy) Polamalu is still a big time playmaker. Got to be mentally ready for this game. They have a lot of different looks. Their coordinator is a great coordinator. Been a coordinator in this league for a long time and does a great job.”