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Broncos plan to pursue "escalating discipline" of Marshall

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who came off as even younger than his 33 years while nervously working his way through the early moments of a press conference filled with fidgets and “you knows,” explained that the suspension of receiver Brandon Marshall is part of a plan to impose an “escalating discipline schedule” against Marshall, unless and until he falls in line.

“You know, the league and — and — and our organization were trying to follow, you know, an escalating discipline schedule,” McDaniels said, touching his hat and head more than a third-base coach.  “You know, you don’t — you don’t just come out, you know, and — and — and throw the most, you know, significant discipline you can at a player.”  (In fairness, McDaniels seemed to calm down a bit as the press conference developed.)

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the first suspension for Marshall will expire on September 6.

McDaniels said Marshall was given a warning on Wednesday, and that “a number of events” led to the suspension.  It’s unclear whether the warning came before or after Marshall’s antics during Wednesday practices, video of which took the league by storm when it showed up last night on TheDenverChannel.com.

Given that Marshall referred to a “meeting” that preceded his practice-field pouting, it looks like he received the warning during that meeting, and that his reaction prompted the suspension.

“When he’s here, if we’re working together and working towards helping this team win, then we’ll work him in,” McDaniels said regarding the possibility that Marshall will play during Week One at Cincinnati.  “If that’s not the case, then that’s not the case.  We have good receivers here.  We have good receivers here with him, or without him.  And that’s the truth.”

He should have just made the raspberry sound at that point, and then walked away from the podium.

McDaniels is likely way too young to get that reference, which likely means that he might also be too young to be an NFL head coach.

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  1. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Aug 28, 2009 1:48 PM

    Sign Marvin Harrison to a 1 year deal.
    Josh McD is in for a long ride.
    I think if Dan Snyder were his boss, he’d be fired by now.

  2. dgrimes says: Aug 28, 2009 1:49 PM

    Who is Brandon Marshall?

  3. EskinSux says: Aug 28, 2009 1:50 PM

    The more time this ass clown spends being suspended, the greater chance the “turd meter” gets reset….And after his child like hissy fit he pulled at practice, wouldn’t a “time out “been more fitting?

  4. Kevin from Philly says: Aug 28, 2009 1:50 PM

    So when does it escalate to double secret probation?

  5. BDiddy says: Aug 28, 2009 1:52 PM

    Both McDaniels and Marshall appear to be idiots.

  6. Rocky Vegas says: Aug 28, 2009 1:55 PM

    No doubt about it – the Broncos have been the most entertaining story this off-season!
    McD v. Cutler and now Marshall v. his contract. Doesnt get much funner that this.
    Better than that old re-tread Brent Favre

  7. thenictator says: Aug 28, 2009 1:58 PM

    Hahahahahaahhahahaha @ the raspberry sound, that was so freaking funny

  8. Broncitis says: Aug 28, 2009 1:58 PM

    Brandon Marshall makes Freddie Mitchell look like a PHD. Marshall clearly lacks enough gray matter in his brain to make intelligent decisions. I am amazed he has not been killed by a stray McDonald’s bag lying around somewhere. As stupid as you think this guy gets, he just keeps outdoing himself…

  9. dgrimes says: Aug 28, 2009 2:01 PM

    “Brandon Marshall makes Freddie Mitchell look like a PHD.”
    Yeah, except Marshall is good…

  10. sonvar says: Aug 28, 2009 2:05 PM

    I just don’t understand why the Broncos don’t trade him much like the Eagles with Owens a few years ago. There are teams who are willing to take him and give a good price. It’s better to do that than to keep dealing with the headache he is and use that draft pick towards his replacement since they aren’t likely to play him much if at all this season it seems. As far as McDaniels is concerned I don’t see him doing well. Mangini, Weis, and Crennel didn’t do well and McDaniels come from that same coaching tree.

  11. WashingtonRedOookies says: Aug 28, 2009 2:07 PM

    As bad as he looks on that video it’s not hard to see where Marshall got the idea that a star could bitch their way off of the Broncos.

  12. Pack_Attack says: Aug 28, 2009 2:08 PM

    This just in….Mike Shanahan was seen leaving Costco with a case of Orvil Redenbachers.

  13. ParkerFly says: Aug 28, 2009 2:11 PM

    Pretty sure McDaniels is too immature for this job. I hope he grows up quick.

  14. Samuel L. Bronkowitz says: Aug 28, 2009 2:17 PM

    Michael Crabtree sees no problem with Marshall’s behavior…

  15. Scoop says: Aug 28, 2009 2:19 PM

    This gets unreal after awhile.
    You just gotta get the MacDaniels shots in whether they fit or not.
    I can understand it from the run of the mill forum participant– they don’t get paid to actually think– but you’d think that PFT and the rest of the NFL media would show a little pride after awhile. You’re like a bunch of sorority bimbos carrying out a vendeta against the girl that doesn’t have to use a straightner. Its silly, trivial, and a mind boggling witch hunt by people who have no rightous claim to the label ‘professionalism’ anymore. You folks have made total fools of yourselves going on about the last decade. The sad thing is that PFT was supposed to be an alternative to that…at least as I understood it.
    I’ve never seen an industry lose its soul like the American media– and those that cover the NFL are the tip of the spear.
    You lost about 10 hits a day today. There’s only so much that people without special needs can take.
    I think its pretty clear that McD is much better equiped to call himself a head coach at this point than PFT is to call its self a credible alternative to the circus tent that is ruining the NFL
    You ought to be embarrassed.

  16. tj.52 says: Aug 28, 2009 2:24 PM

    See: Terry Glenn, circa 2001.
    Don’t think McDaniels hasn’t seen this situation unfold before.
    He’s doing the right thing, though he probably let himself get fooled into thinking that he was dealing with a mature adult.
    Instead he had to deal with the subsequent astonishment and anger when he realized he was in fact dealing with some sort of 12 year old whiny little “that’s not the Barbie I wanted” girly type.
    It is unbelievable to me that as millions of Americans are losing their jobs and fearing for their futures, a bitchy little turd like this guy can get away with acting that way while soaking up hundreds of thousands of unearned dollars.
    Freakin amazing.

  17. lajimmy says: Aug 28, 2009 2:25 PM

    McDaniel is in way over his head. He’s not ready for this level of responsibility and it’s obvious. He alienated Cutler and now he’s done the same with Marshall. There’s no doubt Marshall is a dumbass, but there are ways to deal with these types of guys, and McDaniel doesn’t have the answer. He was hired because of being associated with Belichick, but he doesn’t have the pelts to get the players respect. Denver is going to crash and burn this year.

  18. shawnc16 says: Aug 28, 2009 2:31 PM

    Man do I wish the Broncos were on Hard Knocks this season.

  19. redsquare says: Aug 28, 2009 2:32 PM

    The Broncos and the Eagles–two teams that seemed to be only minor tweaks away from making a big leap up. Both are now early favorites for the disasters of the years in their respective conferences.
    Each has made what seem like completely unecessary, disruptive changes, changes which only hurt their main areas of strength and don’t help the areas of greatest need.
    These two train wrecks will also help keep the spotlight–and resulting pressure–off the other teams in their divisions.
    Of course this is early speculation, and I could be wrong. But I don’t see much good coming from either team this year, and it didn’t have to be this way.

  20. gooboy6 says: Aug 28, 2009 2:33 PM

    agree with Lajimmy….mcdaniel has acted like an amateur since the day he took this job. Bowlen must be really regretting letting Shanahan go.

  21. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 28, 2009 2:39 PM

    Broncitis says: August 28, 2009 1:58 PM
    Brandon Marshall makes Freddie Mitchell look like a PHD. Marshall clearly lacks enough gray matter in his brain to make intelligent decisions. I am amazed he has not been killed by a stray McDonald’s bag lying around somewhere. As stupid as you think this guy gets, he just keeps outdoing himself…
    —————————-
    Actually, he might be smarter than you think from a self-preservation point of view. He only gets other people like Darrent Williams killed by his antics, not himself.
    It would be great if the Broncos were the first team to actually stand firm against a turd player, not give him a big $$$ extension AND not trade him. The good thing is that if it doesn’t happen and there’s no CBA extension, he’s not eligible for FA for 6 years. That would be great to see happen. But in the end, we know that the Broncos will cave and trade him away for peanuts, just like every other team and his new team will sign him to a fat contract. Sad, but true.

  22. Bob Sacamano says: Aug 28, 2009 2:43 PM

    Legit LOL at the Terry Glenn comparision.
    After Glenn got hit with a 4 game suspension by the league, the Patriots tried to suspend him for the entire season. They wanted him GONE. But they weren’t allowed to.
    So he came back and during the season they ended up suspending him for a game or two in addition to the 4 he’d already served. Then they sent him home so that he missed the postseason where they won the SB.
    Point being, from day one the Pats wanted nothing to do with him, and they made it abundently clear.
    All we have here is Lil’ Josh suspending Marshall for TWO PRESEASON GAMES so that Brandon can still help Josh win the games that actually matter. (Not that Denver’s going to win a lot anyway.)
    It’s a hilarious show of a coach trying his best to look tough, coming right on the heels of Denver only suspending Marshall after that video surfaced. Why didn’t they suspend him yesterday? They knew what he did at practice. It wasn’t until the rest of the world saw his antics that they finally did something.
    And, oh, what a harsh punishment it is.

  23. budchase666 says: Aug 28, 2009 2:43 PM

    Mr. Bowlen-
    On December 30, 2008 when you fired Mike Shanahan you stated that wanted your team to go in a different direction.
    What direction?
    Are the Broncos a better team now than they were when they finished the season? No.
    Denver had the best draft of any team from 2006, all that is now squandered. Shouldn’t have traded Cutler. Should have paid Brandon Marshall. I’m sad thinking of the lost potential that could have been 10-12 years of Culter, Sheffler, Marshall.
    Thank you

  24. MrJumpman23 says: Aug 28, 2009 2:47 PM

    Trade him to Baltimore for a 2nd & 4th rd pick… All Marshall needs is a change, its not all about the money.. If they don’t trade him, is Denver’s management going to suspend themselves because that would be conduct detrimental to the team.. Trade him and get some kind of value for him.

  25. StevieMo says: Aug 28, 2009 2:51 PM

    Hey, Scoop (aka Josh McDaniels?),
    Nobody really cares what you think. Nobody cares if you visit the site or not. Nobody cares about your holier-than-thou attitude. Nobody cares about your sense that you should critique what the rest of us have to say.
    Get back on your scooter and return to your job as elementary school hallway monitor.

  26. Nathan says: Aug 28, 2009 2:55 PM

    Honestly, this was the right move and I’m starting to get behind McD just for the sheer balls he’s showing in rebuilding the organization the way he wants it. There’s still time for it to pan out.

  27. Erdie says: Aug 28, 2009 2:57 PM

    I think McDaniels will do fine. Marshall can bitch and moan all he wants, but if he barely plays the next two years of his contract he won’t get shit for a deal when his contract expires. He’s not TO, who has a history of being a playmaker despite his prima donna issues.

  28. The Coop says: Aug 28, 2009 2:58 PM

    What do you get when you have prima donna players and a young coach who is in over his head?
    Sounds like a schism to me, eh Adam?

  29. milehiclown says: Aug 28, 2009 3:06 PM

    McD is not THAT nervous.
    And people can’t win: Rex Ryan is a prick for speaking openly, McD is a “baby” for not being a public orator, Dungy is a “dungheap” for trying to help a criminal rehabilitate his life.
    Sometimes you just have to accept that nobody is perfect at everything.

  30. milehiclown says: Aug 28, 2009 3:13 PM

    I didn’t realize that knowing Sesame Street characters was an expectation for coaching football.

  31. worldinmyeyes says: Aug 28, 2009 3:15 PM

    Somewhere, there is one guy out there that leaked the “McDaniels tried to get Cassell” story. That person is partly responsible for this mess in Denver. Somewhere he must be having a good laugh. That said, I think McDaniels will be a good NFL coach. He’s taking his lumps now, and will learn from it.

  32. RaiderChile says: Aug 28, 2009 3:18 PM

    MArshall can stand lil lame donkey kiffin clone, Bowlen should cut his losses and be a good owner and send him to Oakland where they can get rid of Wanna Retire Walker and his BS. Come on now, this guy is a Raider!

  33. Trench says: Aug 28, 2009 3:36 PM

    yes, it’s true, people definately get a bad rep on this website, but man IT IS SO FLIPPIN FUNNY!!!!!!
    wake up people, news media is entertainment.
    McDaniels and Marshall are both pretty inept at a lot of things, pointing it out and laughing at it, brings me much joy.

  34. rockotica says: Aug 28, 2009 3:38 PM

    as a Chiefs fan I say McDaniels is Coach of the Year. Rarely if ever has a new headcoach helped the teams in his division so much so quickly!!!!!! Thanks Josh!!!!!No Cutler, No Marshall, no defense, no chance!

  35. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Aug 28, 2009 3:40 PM

    mc daniels is drowning and there is no life ring available.

  36. SlaveToBankers says: Aug 28, 2009 4:11 PM

    It’s really quite astounding how much the Broncos have imploded this off-season. First, making a change for change’s sake, firing a SB-winning coach and replacing him with “Kid Wonder”. Then, when Kid Dunder decides to switch QBs before EVEN PLAYING A SINGLE GAME with his Pro Bowl QB and pisses off Cutler, Bowlen’s ego cuts off his nose to spite his fan base. NOW they decide to “stem the bleeding”.
    It’s kind of like finally deciding to tie a tourniquet AFTER having all of one’s arms and legs cut off.
    I don’t care what Favre, Vick, T.O. or Jerry’s ego-sized HDTV do this year…the real story is going to be the collapse of the Denver franchise within a very weak division. The best part of all of this is that M. Shanahan gets PAID to sit back and laugh while Bowlen get his just comeuppance.

  37. hizzle1281 says: Aug 28, 2009 4:21 PM

    all this thanks to BERNARD POLLARD

  38. Drafty says: Aug 28, 2009 4:39 PM

    BDiddy and lajimmy have it right.
    No question – Marshall is a ‘hole. If, as MrJumpman23 suggested, a team would give up a 2 and a 4 for him, make the deal. Not sure anyone would – particularly someone as sharp as Ozzie Newsome – after seeing that tantrum video.
    I wonder if Coach McDips**t appears before the team in the same kind of confident fashion he does at these press conferences. He makes Don Knotts look like Charles Bronson.
    If these soft-as-a-doughnut Denver reporters make him scared, what effect do NFL players have on him?

  39. Treezs says: Aug 28, 2009 4:45 PM

    Are you saying he sounded like you Mike? Stuttering nonstop throughout the interview?

  40. ilovemidgetporn says: Aug 28, 2009 4:45 PM

    Good recievers? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  41. winklebean says: Aug 28, 2009 4:49 PM

    McDaniels will be vindicated. Crybabies, like Cutler and Marshall give up when it gets tough, just look at the last 3 Broncos games of last year.

  42. Scoop says: Aug 28, 2009 5:07 PM

    Somebody seemed to care, StevieMo.
    I’m honored.

  43. gregjennings says: Aug 28, 2009 5:08 PM

    They should just trade him to the Bears for Jay Cutler.

  44. rockotica says: Aug 28, 2009 5:18 PM

    wow hizzle thats a great point

  45. Brewster says: Aug 28, 2009 5:38 PM

    Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, ” explained that the suspension of receiver Brandon Marshall is part of a plan to impose an “escalating discipline schedule” against Marshall, unless and until he falls in line.
    ____________
    According to one of Florio’s unnamed league sources Phase II of the escalating discipline schedule is….. waterboarding. At which point Marshall will confess to wanting to be traded.
    __________
    McDaniels said “You know, the league and — and — and our organization were trying to follow, you know, an escalating discipline schedule,” McDaniels said, touching his hat and head more than a third-base coach. “You know, you don’t — you don’t just come out, you know, and — and — and throw the most, you know, significant discipline you can at a player.” (In fairness, McDaniels seemed to calm down a bit as the press conference developed.)
    _______________
    Where was that PR staffer who coached the Broncos players not to be too encouraging when Marshall was acquitted, when McDaniels really needed him? Give the Coach a script to read from, or at least some talking points, instead of looking like an unprepared rookie HC (which he is).
    ____________
    Despite what the Broncos front office is saying Marshall is gone as soon as they can finalize a trade with someone. Didn’t they also say they weren’t trading Cutler?

  46. EskinSux says: Aug 28, 2009 5:54 PM

    MrJumpman23 says:
    August 28, 2009 2:47 PM
    Trade him to Baltimore for a 2nd & 4th rd pick… All Marshall needs is a change, its not all about the money.. If they don’t trade him, is Denver’s management going to suspend themselves because that would be conduct detrimental to the team.. Trade him and get some kind of value for him.
    ———————————————- Why does he need a change?……This is his 3rd season as a starter in the NFL. Why can’t he do the job he is being paid to do? Why does he have a a history of being a complete jackass since college? Why does he have a history of arrest’s and multiple police calls to his home? Trust me, i know by your name why it’s everyone else’s fault… Simply, why can’t he act like a man instead of a petulant chlid? No one but “HE” himself put himself in these positions, but he needs a change….Bullshit…I’m so sick of people making excuses for other people indiscretions…..Why can’t he change?

  47. Slink311 says: Aug 28, 2009 5:59 PM

    Well this can only help E. Royal on my Fantasy Team. For that I say thank you and if you trade him it really helps me out.

  48. Waterboard_Pelosi says: Aug 28, 2009 6:09 PM

    All of you people that are bashing McDaniels qualify for the label of “idiot”. I commend the job he is doing, as Shanahan left a complete mess for him to clean up. Here are a few points:
    1. The Broncos have won one playoff game in the last ten years under Shanhan–not exactly a picture of dominance.
    2. Jay Cutler is 17-20 as a starter. While he has all the skills, mentally he is not a winner, and will never prove himself to be. McDaniels was right to try and trade for Cassel–he played better over the last half of the season year while Cutler choked. Oh, and don’t forget that he is a diabetic too. Has a diabetic ever dominated his or her sport before for an extended period before? Didn’t think so.
    3. Brandon Marshall is a punk–all you fools that say the Broncos should pay him obviously haven’t studied his lengthy rap sheet. How his behavior is “McDaniels” fault is beyond me.
    4. McDaniels did fine in the press conference today. He was real–he didn’t have the aid of a teleprompter to make him look like our “fake” President that everyone seems to think is the epitome of good communication.
    5. Knowing the trivia from Sesame Street is a qualification for nothing, other than being a wise-ass perhaps.
    Finally, one “young and inexperienced” leader that had a rough beginning with the Bay of Pigs in 1961, JFK, bounced back pretty well the next year with the Cuban Missile Crisis. If he hadn’t, none of us would be here. If McDaniels weathers this storm, and I think he’s doing that just fine (you can check for yourself by watching the product on the field where it counts); he will prove that he learned some of the same lessons about leadership that JFK did and leave the Broncos in pretty good hands, with or without overpaid punks like Cutler and Marshall.

  49. Alpheratz says: Aug 28, 2009 6:32 PM

    What’s with all the dick envy with McDaniels?
    He hasn’t coached one game yet. Give him a season.
    There isn’t a track record yet, unlike Ringo Cutler, who is a proven losing quarterback at this point.

  50. This is not news says: Aug 28, 2009 8:12 PM

    I need to grab some more popcorn, this is just beautiful.
    Poor Marshall, you are so misunderstood. If they only knew you were about eight years old mentally, those big bad businessmen would treat you better.

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