No disrespect to Kyle Orton or Chris Simms, but without Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall’s stats are going to take a hit in 2009. Marshall is coming off a second monster season in a row, however this upcoming season, he’ll have either Orton or Simms under center, neither of whom have amassed 3000 yards passing in a single season.
The best thing going for Marshall is new Head Coach Josh McDaniels’ willingness to throw the ball 40-plus times a game if need be. McDaniels was the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, a team that in 2007 broke the single season record for passing touchdowns, and averaged nearly 300 yards a game through the air. Even without Tom Brady last season, they remained 10th in the NFL in passing yards per game.
Brandon Marshall joined KLAC in Los Angeles to discuss the upcoming season and the changes in the offense he’s noticed thus far.
On if he knew of any problems beforehand between Jay Cutler and Broncos management:
“I don’t know. I think we’re all just looking to move forward and get past that. I don’t know all the details on either end so all we’re worrying about is this upcoming season.”
On what new Head Coach Josh McDaniels has told him about the Broncos passing game in 2009:
“One thing he said was hopefully we’re going to have a lot of fun. With that, hopefully we put up some points. I think that if everybody buys into his system, which I think we’re all doing, I think we’ll be fine. Josh is a great coach and he’s got some hardware on his fingers.”
Brandon was asked how different McDaniels offense is as opposed to former Head Coach Mike Shanahan’s offense:
“Before was a lot of west coast, and now I think coach does a great job of just putting guys in the position to make plays and try and create match ups and take advantage of what the defense is giving us. Coach is very creative and I think everyone around the league sees what they (The New England Patriots) accomplished.”
On the Nuggets reaching the Western Conference Finals:
“The vibe in Denver is ridiculous right now. The city is just loving what the Nuggets are doing right now. Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin, Chauncey Billups, man those guys are ballin’ right now.”