Brandon Marshall has the right to talk some trash—Jermichael Finley doesn't.
But the Green Bay Packers tight end did, adding to what has become a maelstrom of pregame chatter between these bitter NFC North rivals.
His quote, via Fox Sports Wisconsin:
[Brian] Urlacher is at the end of his career right now; he's playing a little slow out there. I don't think they're losing too much if he's out. Putting another guy in might help them a little.
One major difference.
Marshall leads the NFL with 101 receptions and trails only Calvin Johnson with 1,342 receiving yards. He's an established star who has earned respect around the league.
Finley, despite being tremendously gifted athletically, has thoroughly disappointed in 2012 with 43 receptions, 464 yards and two touchdowns with an abundance of drops.
Let's just say he's not having the type of season that should warrant trash talk of any kind.
But now that he made his comments, it's time for him to step up in the most important game of the year.
He has attracted more attention to himself with the unwarranted bashing of Urlacher, and we know Bears fans will really get on him if he struggles at any point of the game. If he isn't able to contribute in a major way—which is certainly a distinct possibility—he'll have made a bigger fool of himself than he already has leading into Week 15.
Finley certainly didn't need added pressure from any external sources; but he, rather brainlessly, made some for himself.
Put up or shut up, Jermichael.