View Full Version : With revamped attitude, Marshall turns around year

12-31-2009, 08:11 AM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP)—Since ditching his surly attitude, Brandon Marshall has soared.

The charismatic yet mercurial Denver Broncos wideout was named to his second straight Pro Bowl this week, one of five Broncos players to earn the honor. That’s a number usually reserved for a team bound for the playoffs, not one still fighting for a spot and in need of a win Sunday against Kansas City.

Marshall certainly has impressive credentials, eclipsing the 100-catch mark for the third year in a row. His 101 receptions are second in the league and leave him just 13 shy of breaking Rod Smith’s franchise record.

And while that’s a big number with one game left, Marshall IS the league’s single-game catch leader, after hauling in 21 passes on a memorable afternoon at Indianapolis earlier this month.

These days, Marshall is proving that anything’s possible—even a complete transformation.

In training camp, Marshall took umbrage with the team for rejecting his request for a new contract or a trade and threw a temper tantrum—punting the ball in anger and batting away passes. He drew a nine-day suspension for the stunt.

The time off got his attention.

Since then, he’s been trying to be a model employee, buckling down and absorbing first-year coach Josh McDaniels’ intricate offense.

At first, though, he struggled to grasp all the concepts, falling behind other receivers. So much so that early in the season he wasn’t always on the field in third-down passing situations.

Now, he’s again emerged as the primary option, making this Pro Bowl appearance all the more special. He’ll be joined in south Florida by pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil, defensive backs Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey and offensive tackle Ryan Clady.

“I’ve come a long way, worked hard, overcame a lot of things,” said Marshall, who joined Marvin Harrison, Herman Moore, Jerry Rice and Wes Welker as the only players in league history to post three straight 100-catch seasons. “Teammates helped me get through it. I’m just excited, just how the year turned out for me.”

Still, he’s wishing the team’s success could mirror that of his own. The Broncos (8-7) have turned ice cold since a 6-0 start, and now need help in order to sneak into the postseason. The task starts Sunday by beating the Chiefs. Then, it’s out of their hands.

However, Marshall doesn’t plan on doing much scoreboard watching.

“I’m not going to root for anybody. I’m just going to sit back and play my part and hopefully everything will fall in our favor,” said Marshall, who practiced Wednesday on a limited basis due to a hamstring ailment. “I’m not even going to watch or pay attention to the scores. Hopefully, things work out for us.”

Marshall got off to a slow start this season, averaging around five receptions a game during the Broncos’ six-game winning streak.

Then he and quarterback Kyle Orton started to develop a connection, a trust factor.

“The more games we played together, the better we’ve gotten,” Orton said. “He’s an instinct player. He’s been great, for the most part, being exactly where we want him to be.”

Marshall had his first 100-yard game of the season against Pittsburgh on Nov. 9. The following week, he turned in a 134-yard performance in a loss at Washington that included touchdown catches of 40 and 75 yards.

He was beginning to heat up.

Marshall showed off his soft hands on Thanksgiving against the New York Giants, hauling in a pair of one-handed grabs on deep sideline routes.

On Dec. 13, Marshall had a day for the record books, gobbling up 21 passes for 200 yards. Orton looked for him often and constantly found him open as Marshall broke Terrell Owens’ NFL record of 20 catches set in 2000.

Just like that, the temper tantrum in training camp was a fading memory.

He was firmly back on the radar as an elite wideout.

“Twenty-one catches helped, there’s no question,” Orton said. “That’s a lot of work for one day for a receiver. … We’ve asked him to do a lot of different things and he’s handled all of it very well.”

McDaniels couldn’t agree more.

“Brandon has certainly put himself in a category of really the top receivers in this conference and in the league,” he said.

Marshall is closing in on the team mark set by Smith, when he caught 113 passes in 2001. It’s a record Marshall doesn’t think can fall—at least this season.

“It’s a lot of catches,” Marshall said.

So is 101, considering all he’s gone through.

They better pay Marshall and not let him walk or trade him, he has been the offense this year

Bronco Rob
12-31-2009, 08:15 AM
They better pay Marshall and not let him walk or trade him, he has been the offense this year


12-31-2009, 08:15 AM
Especially if he breaks Rod's record. Can't have the leading single-season catcher in franchise history on another team. He is a key to this team's success. We need the guy.

12-31-2009, 10:28 AM
I agree... I love Brandon before he got it all sorted out but I really love his new turnaround.
Any idea what the record is for most consecutive 100 catch seasons are?

12-31-2009, 10:31 AM
Nevermind, found it. Its Harrison... 5 years in a row.

12-31-2009, 10:36 AM
Brandon did exactly what he needed to do. He closed his mouth, went to work and had a great year. (And stayed out of trouble off the field.)

I definitely think it's time to lock him up. The issue won't be the team's desire to do so, it'll likely be the labor/cap issues.

12-31-2009, 10:40 AM
He is the only player in the offense that performs. Without him, we will not be talking about playoff's.
I never expected that he will surpass 1,000 yards with Kyle Orton as QB.
We need to pay him now.

12-31-2009, 10:40 AM
Pay him

12-31-2009, 11:21 AM
Pay the man his money.


12-31-2009, 02:03 PM
Look at wr top three

1. BM
2. Royal even though imo should be a 3
3. Stokley How many years is he on team 1 max

If we traded Marshall we'd need to draft or go FA to find two starters and have them learn the system. We'd need to use the picks we got on WR seems way to dumb to me.

If they trade BM it tells me Denver is building for long haul not for short term.

Atwater His Ass
12-31-2009, 02:15 PM
First off, yes we should sign Marshall.

However, the reason he is above and away the leading WR this year, is because he is Orton's primary read on most plays and he just locks in on him. Couple that with how horrible Orton is at going through his progressions, and it's not hard to see why the 2nd leading WR on this team only has 40 balls.

12-31-2009, 09:07 PM
can't see it happening.

he's earned a good paycheck.

just think there were lots of bad vibes all over.