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Brandon Marshall remembers Mike Heimerdinger

Mike Heimerdinger AP

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, who recently said that in all of his years in the NFL he never had a good position coach, is clearly not an easy player for a coach to please. So it says something about the late Mike Heimerdinger that Marshall would travel to an event in Heimerdinger’s memory, and would gush about what Heimerdinger meant to his career.

Heimerdinger was the assistant head coach of the Broncos during Marshall’s first two seasons in Denver, and at Friday’s Drive for Dinger Celebrity Golf Tournament in Tennessee, Marshall said that Heimerdinger gave him some of the best one-on-one instruction he’s ever had.

When I first got in the league, I couldn’t catch the deep ball,” Marshall told the Tennessean. “I would always come up short, and I used to run with my hips open. So, after practice, he used to pull me to the side, take me to his room, and he would just toss balls over my head, showing me how to approach the deep ball. He added an element to my game that is pretty tough to stop now.”

Marshall said that when he and Heimerdinger didn’t see eye to eye, it was because Heimerdinger insisted on pushing Marshall to get the most out of him he possibly could.

“That first year, he was on me,” Marshall said. “He treated me like a rookie, but it was for my best interest. He has a talent for pushing people to the limit, but keeping that respect there, getting the most out of people and also showing them love at the same time.”

Heimerdinger, who died of cancer in September at age 58, was remembered by former players and coaches on Friday as a good coach and a good man. He clearly had an effect on Marshall, who doesn’t praise many coaches but does praise Heimerdinger.

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5 Responses to “Brandon Marshall remembers Mike Heimerdinger”
  1. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jun 30, 2012 6:29 AM

    Something makes me think Marshall has turned a page in his life.

  2. CKL says: Jun 30, 2012 8:33 AM

    Didn’t Marshall just say recently that he’s never had a decent coach, one who played his position? So he’s actually had a coach who played his position in college (McDaniels) and he’s had good coaching from Heimerdinger. Strange comments by him before.

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 30, 2012 8:50 AM

    Look closely at his words: “that respect” and “showing them love”. Marshall’s psyche requires that these thresholds are in place for him to accept the type of hard-nosed coaching that ‘Dinger brought. Want to get the most out of this guy? There’s your instructions.

  4. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 30, 2012 8:56 AM

    With all due respect to the Titans’ coaching staff, the passing of Dinger was an incalculable loss for the franchise. He not only mentored Steve McNair into an MVP caliber QB, he even had Vince Young throwing a consistently nice deep ball and passing with overall accuracy his last season alive. Jake Locker may still become an elite QB, but I’d have more confidence of that if he was under Dinger’s tutelage.

  5. larryboodry says: Jun 30, 2012 5:28 PM

    Nice comments by Marshall…As for hard-nosed coaching tempered with respect, that sounds like a philosophy all coaches should follow…Heimerdinger got it, and it shows in the respect reciprocated by Marshall and other players he helped…A class act, gone too soon.

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