Brandon Marshall: There’s A Lot Of In-House Things Going On

August 20, 2009 – 9:00 am by Tas Melas

Very few know what’s going on inside the Broncos’ locker room, but if history tells us anything, there are issues which have alienated Marshall.  We saw Jay Cutler go through incidents where he felt like an outsider and that eventually led to him being dealt.  It seems inevitable that the same will happen with Marshall, and I’m sure this one is a little harder to take for Broncos fans.  Cutler was good, but Brandon is great.  He’s a franchise type receiver who has not peaked, and frankly, does not come around too often.  This is the guy that can lead a team in receiving for ten years straight – a la Rod Smith, but better.  And, it’s these internal issues beyond closed doors which are keeping Marshall from doing what he does on the field to the best of his abilities.  If it’s not gonna work in Denver, everyone should move on because that skill set should not go to waste.  Marshall joined The Michael Irvin Show to speak about how much he looks up to Irvin, his desire for a new contract, his recent acquittal in court, and why the case was handled poorly by the Broncos.

On bring acquitted of a battery charge:

“For the past year and a half, I’ve been swearing to the organization, the community, and everyone that was familiar was the case that I was innocent, that this is someone who was truly just trying to get money.  You read about, oh, there’s 8, 9 incidents in these police reports, but that’s all her words, that’s all ‘He say, she say.’  Finally, this past week in front of a jury of my peers, and it finally was a fair stage, and we got a chance to present our side finally.  ‘Cause you know with this, you never wanna go to the media and say, ‘This is what we got, she’s lying’ – that’s still more ‘He say, she say.’  So, we waited for this day and I was innocent.”

On the Broncos organization telling the players not to show their happiness for Marshall after he was acquitted:

“I truly was very, very, very disappointed, and kinda hurt a little bit too.  This is an organization that I’ve been with the past three years and they kinda been there from with me since day one through all this drama with this lady.  For that day to finally come and get acquitted of all charges, it was disappointing to hear that some of my teammates were coached to don’t say that they were happy for me.  That added to the trust issues… I think there’s a lot of in-house things, a lot of personal things that are going on that everybody don’t know about.  I rather not get in to that and I’d rather keep that behind closed doors.”

On his desire for a new contract:

“Personally, I think I’m one of the best, and that’s not just my ego, that’s just my work that I’ve put in on the field during the offseason.  Those days in Florida when it’s 100 degrees and I’m out there by myself with my trainer; I’ve put in the work and deserve to get compensated for my work.  But, when it comes down to the numbers, I think that goes on with the numbers guys for each team and my agent to discuss.”

On his love for Michael Irvin:

“When I was a little boy, my father took me to the Hall of Fame.  Like I said earlier, I grew up in Pittsburgh, it was just a ride across the border and my dad took us a couple times.  I never really understood it until I saw Michael Irvin get up there on that podium speak so passionate, so from the heart, it really touched me.  I actually have that downloaded to my iPhone to this day, and sometimes before the games or sometimes when I’m feeling down, I just turn on my iPhone and watch that speech, it’s real moving.  That’s when I really believed that this is a guy I can call anytime – I don’t care if it’s 1:00, 3:00, any situation and he will truly be there for me, and he’ll tell me when I’m right and tell me when I’m wrong.  A guy like me, I need that guy and this is someone that’s been through the things that I’ve been through, and you see where he’s at now.  I don’t think anyone can deny that he deserves everything that he has and I truly look up to him.”

Listen to Brandon Marshall on The Michael Irvin Show

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