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Old 10-06-2009, 12:42 PM   #1
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Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 6, 2009 7:05 PM ET

The image that will stick in my cranium the longest from the fourth Sunday of football in 2009 didn't take place on the field.

It happened on a podium in Denver, when Brandon Marshall interrupted Josh McDaniels' press conference for a man hug in front of the assembled media.

This wasn't one of those hands clasped with a few light pats on the back affairs. Marshall enveloped his smaller coach like he was a long, lost family member.

McDaniels seemed to be temporarily at a loss for words after the embrace, but he set a record for the biggest smile ever recorded by a member of the Belichick coaching tree.

"Well, there you go," McDaniels said, with laughter in the room.

It was a remarkable moment considering that Marshall was suspended indefinitely only five weeks ago.

"He's just one of us," McDaniels said. The line out of Denver is that Marshall's displeasure a month ago was always about money, never about the organization.

"You never heard me say anything about [McDaniels] coaching or what he brings to the organization," Marshall said.

McDaniels on Marshall's rocky ride: "I'm not going to comment on where [Marshall] was, but he is one of us. Our team loves him, we love him and I think he loves being part of this team."

Marshall's steady improvement on the field, highlighted by his truly awesome game-winner against the Cowboys, has essentially erased an offseason of bad vibes. And possibly set him up for a big payday, quite possibly in Denver.

Since getting caught on taping acting like a petulant kid in late August, Marshall deserves a bit of credit for doing things the right way since.

He's been short with the media (when he's spoken to them at all), but he's said all the right things about team play as he was worked back into the lineup slowly. More importantly, he's reportedly had great practice habits over the last few weeks.

When his teammates and coach laud Marshall's work habits, we take the news with a grain of salt. When Fox's Troy Aikman says on air that Marshall's Friday practice was the best practice effort he saw since playing with Michael Irvin, well, that speaks louder.

Unlike Marshall's Sunday counterpart Roy Williams, no one has ever questioned Marshall's passion for football. His inability to control his emotions away from football are what have mostly put him in trouble.

For now, the only emotion coming out of Denver is happiness.

So next offseason, when some wacko wide receiver is making life impossible for his new coach and some team is getting buried by media hacks like us for a miserable offseason, remember the '09 travails of Marshall and the Denver Broncos.

And remember that playing winning football can cure just about anything.


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Old 10-06-2009, 12:47 PM   #2
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I was so pleased for McDaniels, you could see the guy was just brimming with genuine happiness in the Dallas postgame interview.

After the flack he took in the offseason you can't help but be thrilled for the guy.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:53 PM   #3
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Let's hope BM has gotten over the hump and we now see exponentially better grasp of the offense, cuz if he becomes Randy Moss-like, this team takes another leap forward.
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A Bellichek disciple showing genuine human emotion...surely a sign of the endtimes...


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Let's hope BM has gotten over the hump and we now see exponentially better grasp of the offense, cuz if he becomes Randy Moss-like, this team takes another leap forward.

Which will open underneath routes for Sheff, Royal and Gaffney...


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Old 10-06-2009, 12:57 PM   #6
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A Bellichek disciple showing genuine human emotion...surely a sign of the endtimes...


It's like the Terminator letting one single tear roll down his cheek...touching, yet nonsensical.

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I was so pleased for McDaniels, you could see the guy was just brimming with genuine happiness in the Dallas postgame interview.

After the flack he took in the offseason you can't help but be thrilled for the guy.
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I love my Broncos and what I love the best is I don't need to justify anything. Like the signing of Dale Carter or the litney of other losers and bad acts that Shanahan paraded through here.
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:03 PM   #8
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"The end is nigh!"

If Marshall works hard, and everything works out I will be ecstatic!
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:57 PM   #9
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Anyone have the video?

It was good to watch. The team can do nothing but benefit from it.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:09 PM   #10
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Anyone have the video?

It was good to watch. The team can do nothing but benefit from it.
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Go to the video tab... fifth one down.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:11 PM   #11
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Thanks.

The "hug" wasn't that big of a deal!
But I'm now OVER 100% sold on McDaniels. During the whole post game interview he DID NOT pause during his answers, didn't use cliches and spoke directly.
IMO, it's a sign of intelligence if you can talk well under pressure. McD is only 33 and he's facing (barbed) questions from the media.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:28 PM   #12
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You can really see Mcdainels character in those post-game interviews!!!! screw all those less educated sports writers who claimed turmoil in the locker room!! FAIL FOR THEM!!


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We got ourselves a really good coach people. This kid might grow up as our coach. He could be here for 10 yrs. Players love him, his old boss Belicheck still loves him, and I think we should also.
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Why don't we have a gif of this yet?
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When his teammates and coach laud Marshall's work habits, we take the news with a grain of salt. When Fox's Troy Aikman says on air that Marshall's Friday practice was the best practice effort he saw since playing with Michael Irvin, well, that speaks louder.

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WOW!!!!!!

I remember thinking last year that Brandon could become a team leader. The offense followed him. The receivers would wait for him to come and lead them in every drill... he was first and they gave him that respect. I thought then that if he could practice like a Terrell Owens he would in fact take his game to another level. I never got a chance to watch Michael Irvin practice, but I've heard that he was insane and gave the best effort imaginable... if BMarsh is even close to that I'm impressed. If he's willing to put out that type of effort, it really is time to pay the guy. Whether you like Michael Irvin or not, you can agree that he was a gamer and so is BMarsh.
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That's McCheatriot to you Kenney. Bite your tongue!
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We got ourselves a really good coach people. This kid might grow up as our coach. He could be here for 10 yrs. Players love him, his old boss Belicheck still loves him, and I think we should also.
Yep just call him Josh.... We're one big happy family
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Let's hug it out, biatch...
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Not to rehash the past but I find it funny how different the actual McDaniels is from the nefarious character depicted here by some on this board this summer. He actually seems like a very nice, engaging guy who relates well to the players.
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Its nice to see. When was the last time a Broncos player ran in and hugged Shanahan after a win at his press conference? Players must have a good handle on who Josh is to do something like that.

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I was so pleased for McDaniels, you could see the guy was just brimming with genuine happiness in the Dallas postgame interview.

After the flack he took in the offseason you can't help but be thrilled for the guy.
A sign of good things to come...
Best thing Marshall could've done to regain my trust and earn his way back into the starting line-up
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Not to rehash the past but I find it funny how different the actual McDaniels is from the nefarious character depicted here by some on this board this summer. He actually seems like a very nice, engaging guy who relates well to the players.
And I think that's what Marshall has finally realized too...
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Its nice to see. When was the last time a Broncos player ran in and hugged Shanahan after a win at his press conference? Players must have a good handle on who Josh is to do something like that.

Now we have the big/little man in the team room.
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Really remarkable how McDaniels got Marshall back into the fold so quickly and so thoroughly.
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Which will open underneath routes for Sheff, Royal and Gaffney...


with him turning it up and the defenses beginning to key on him as the playmaker to stop it is going to open up routes for Eddie and we can expect a return to last seasons form by him.
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