I'm done with Brandon Marshall, a player I've defended in the past. He is just plain stupid.
His act this week, where he made a mockery of his time on the practice field, was the end of me thinking this guy wasn't an idiot. Now the Denver Broncos have suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team. The length of the suspension wasn't announced, but the longest it can be is four games. There is some talk that it will be only for the preseason. Is that a penalty or a reward if that's the case?
Look, we know you're not happy in Denver. We know you want out. But what he did the other day on the football field, walking when the rest of the team was running and intentionally dropping passes, was over the top.
That insults teammates.
He's as talented as he is stupid, which makes it even worse.
Marshall was one of the NFL's best receivers last season, proving he was not just a one-hit wonder in 2007. He has had more than 100 catches each of the past two seasons, hauling in 226 passes in that time. He wants a new deal for those numbers, even though he has two years left on his contract.
That's why he's pouting.
He's also not happy the Broncos traded away Jay Cutler. Would you be?
Even so, he's gone too far.
Now what? Sit around and not get paid? How will that work for you, Brandon?
Does his latest incident help his trade value?
I think not.
The Broncos have to know that now.
When he was rumored to be on the market in the spring, his best friend, Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Mike Walker, even admitted Marshall was a risk.
"You have faults, but look at what he brings to that team," Walker said. "If they want to work out a contract, they can work it out. Put stuff in it. Put clauses in it. Put stuff in it that will penalize him if he gets in trouble so you can pay the man. He deserves it. He's a good guy. Whoever pays him will see that. I know it. Brandon Marshall isn't who everybody thinks he is."
No, he's worse.
He disrespected the game this week.
That's a coaching nightmare.
The other side of this is the football side. In December, the Broncos had one of the best young pass-catching combos in football. They had Cutler to Marhall. But new coach Josh McDaniels, he of the my-way-or-highway approach, has traded Cutler and not has suspended Marshall.
This one was warranted, but you have to wonder if it happens if the Cutler trade doesn't.
Hope Denver fans are excited about Kyle Orton to Eddie Royal. It's what your left with now, thanks to two stubborn men, one an idiot receiver and one a headstrong coach.