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Marshall says McDaniels hug was “for show”

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Even if the Dolphins had been willing to trade receiver Brandon Marshall within the division, the Patriots likely wouldn’t have been interested.  Even if the Dolphins had offered to send picks to get the Pats to take him.

In an interview with Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the current Bears wideout talks about issues with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels that plagued their mutual time in Denver.

The relationship was poisoned from the get-go by the former head coach’s out-of-the-gates decision to trade quarterback Jay Cutler.

I don’t know what he was thinking,” Marshall said.  “I know a lot of people on the outside consider that a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very bad move. . . .  Did I say ‘very’?”

Marshall then reviews the circumstances that went from Marshall saying that owner Pat Bowlen had promised to trade the player, that McDaniels reneged, that McDaniels offered Marshall an incentive-based contract with unrealistic factors like rushing touchdowns, that McDaniels threatened to take action against Marshall for conduct detrimental to the team, and that Marshall decided that if he’s going to be accused of conduct detrimental, he’s going to engaged in detrimental conduct.

It was all forgotten as the Broncos went 6-0 in McDaniels’ first season as the coach, culminating in a win over the Patriots and a post-game press-conference hug between Marshall and the head coach.

“That was for show,” Marshall told Silver.  “I definitely was excited at the time, but to be honest, I was just trying to patch things up with them.”

It later fell apart, with Marshall being banned from the stadium after a late-season hamstring injury and ultimately traded to the Dolphins.

Tonight, Marshall gets a crack at the Broncos in his preseason debut with the Bears.  “I’m just looking at that logo,” Marshall said.  “It was one of those situations where a lot of us could have ended our career there.  It sucked at the time when it was all blowing up but I think it happened for the best, and we’re in a better place now because of it.”

Bears fans starved for a high-end pass-catcher surely agree, for now.  And they’ll likely continue to agree as long as Marshall avoids conduct detrimental to the team. Or McDonald’s bags on the floor.  Or hugs dispensed under false pretenses.

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32 Responses to “Marshall says McDaniels hug was “for show””
  1. diesel23 says: Aug 9, 2012 12:07 PM

    McDaniels destroyed that team, the broncos could have been a deadly team with the young nucleus they had

  2. dansnyder says: Aug 9, 2012 12:16 PM

    The young nucleus that Shanahan built. Thank you Denver

  3. phoff12 says: Aug 9, 2012 12:29 PM

    The broncos used to always have the Patriots number back in the day. Hopefully Brady has another incredible year like 2007. Then maybe we can talk to Giants into hiring McDaniels and watch him blow up that team too.

  4. PFTiswhatitis says: Aug 9, 2012 12:33 PM

    Marshall is a complete moron. He has skills but his head gets in the way. He couldn’t even keep his job with the lowly Phins.

  5. rushmatic says: Aug 9, 2012 12:34 PM

    I’m sure Bronco fans will disagree, but there were too many type-A personalities on that team and not enough leadership. Remember how badly everyone hated Cutler when he and Rivers were acting up? Then McDaniels gets rid of him and everyone is up in arms. Brandon Marshall is a known turd, but when McDaniels gets rid of him, everyone is up in arms.

    Granted, McDaniels would probably have to be classified as one of the unchecked type-A personalities (judging by the way he acted after the Pats win). I’m sure he’d do it differently being a little older and a little wiser. Just my opinion.

  6. sj39 says: Aug 9, 2012 12:36 PM

    Yep diesel and he sure didn’t do Sam Bradford and the Rams any favors. Guy is a joke and back were he belongs, he’s going to miss having the tapes to prepare with though.

  7. mike83ri says: Aug 9, 2012 12:36 PM

    Talk about revisionist history. McDaniels wasn’t the GM, and Cutler demanded a trade… It wasn’t THAT long ago Brandon, we all know the facts.

    And if thinking you’re going to get accused of something causes you to throw a temper tamtrum and kick footballs everywhere during practice is your way of getting even… well let’s just say that your own admittance of a mental/social disability seems like a more valid explaination of why you did those things.

  8. bigperm33 says: Aug 9, 2012 12:46 PM

    McDaniels definitely made a ton of mistakes with the Broncos, but Marshall has since been traded again, which should speak volumes to the type of player he is and how teams feel about him. a great talent when everything is going his way, but if it is not, you don’t want him anywhere near your team.

  9. rc33 says: Aug 9, 2012 12:50 PM

    When Kobe and Shaq hugged, any chance that was “for show?”

  10. ingloriousmaster says: Aug 9, 2012 12:52 PM

    A team with Marshall on it will never win.

  11. rajbais says: Aug 9, 2012 12:54 PM

    Josh McDaniels: The most useless coach to ever be a NFL head coach!!!

    Anyone looks good with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Mike Nolan, and Mike Shanahan’s best players and assistants!!!

    McDaniels: A bigger team killer than T.O. could ever be because at least T.O. would want to keep Cutler to throw him footballs!!!

    McDaniels is a bum!!!

  12. thirtys37en says: Aug 9, 2012 12:58 PM

    Josh McDaniels: Great football coach, terrible in the front office.

    He coached the team to a 6-0 record while making Orton look like a pro bowler. Then his personnel mistakes caught up to him with the team running into the ground.

  13. pixelito says: Aug 9, 2012 1:03 PM

    Everyone McDaniels career was over the second he traded Cutler.

  14. themars211 says: Aug 9, 2012 1:21 PM

    mike83ri says:
    Aug 9, 2012 12:36 PM
    Talk about revisionist history. McDaniels wasn’t the GM, and Cutler demanded a trade… It wasn’t THAT long ago Brandon, we all know the facts.

    And if thinking you’re going to get accused of something causes you to throw a temper tamtrum and kick footballs everywhere during practice is your way of getting even… well let’s just say that your own admittance of a mental/social disability seems like a more valid explaination of why you did those things.

    Dude Mcdaniel’s completely deconstructed that team. Cutler did’nt want a trade until after McDaniels tried to trade him for Cassell. Then he got rid of Marshall and Schefler completely ripping apart the young offensive unit that was in place. Lets not even start on the horrible draft picks and stupid trades of draft picks that he made that put the Bronco’s back in the stone age as a team……smh

  15. ebr362 says: Aug 9, 2012 1:32 PM

    Marshall is simply talented bad news.

  16. thirtys37en says: Aug 9, 2012 1:45 PM

    One move sums up McDaniel’s talents as GM.

    He traded a 4th round pick to the Patriots for Laurence Maroney.

  17. profootballwalk says: Aug 9, 2012 1:55 PM

    McDaniel was so bad that Brandon Lloyd has followed him around the league in order to play for him.

  18. armoderate says: Aug 9, 2012 2:12 PM

    Marshall is a nut job. He even admits he is. Do you think Belichick would have tolerated the Marshall circus? I think 2 temperamental prima dona’s on the same team (Cutler and Marshall) again will be a hoot. I wonder which one will attack the other first?

  19. sullijo1 says: Aug 9, 2012 2:33 PM

    Ummmmm……

    Tim Tebow has won as many playoff games as Jay Cutler…….just sayin…..

  20. sullijo1 says: Aug 9, 2012 2:35 PM

    I love how the Broncos were RUINED, but actually won a playoff game last year.

    The Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game since 1993!!!!

    Who Ruined them? David Koresh or the Menendez brothers?

  21. mike83ri says: Aug 9, 2012 2:45 PM

    themars211 says:
    Aug 9, 2012 1:21 PM

    Dude Mcdaniel’s completely deconstructed that team. Cutler did’nt want a trade until after McDaniels tried to trade him for Cassell. Then he got rid of Marshall and Schefler completely ripping apart the young offensive unit that was in place. Lets not even start on the horrible draft picks and stupid trades of draft picks that he made that put the Bronco’s back in the stone age as a team……smh

    ——————————-

    Again, he wasn’t the GM. Why is that hard to understand. You just admitted that Cutler got butt-hurt and demanded a trade which was exactly what I said. Cutler was traded well after Cassell was a Chief. I’d also say a team going to the second round of the playoffs the year after McDaniel’s left isn’t exactly stuck in the stone age. Shake your head all you want, you’re just ignoring what actually happened.

  22. chi01town says: Aug 9, 2012 2:58 PM

    Be afraid packers fans… I know its you with all the talk about Marshall & Cutler but together they will light up score boards all over the NFL its Chicago’s turn this season

  23. El Kabong says: Aug 9, 2012 3:04 PM

    “Brandon Marshall is a known turd”

    He has bipolar disorder. But a black guy who acts up is a “turd” amirite?

    “Talk about revisionist history. McDaniels wasn’t the GM, and Cutler demanded a trade… It wasn’t THAT long ago Brandon, we all know the facts.”

    McDaniels was in charge of personnel. Cutler only demanded a trade AFTER McDaniels tried to trade him to pick up Matt Cassel. Oh, and let’s not forget that McDaniels gave away one of the first rounders he got for Cutler for a player (Alphonso Smith) that he gave away for a seventh-round pick after one season.

  24. drenten says: Aug 9, 2012 4:18 PM

    McDaniels wanted Cassel over Cutler – I think that pretty much sums up McDaniels personnel determining abilities.

  25. spellingcops says: Aug 9, 2012 5:54 PM

    sullijo1 says: Aug 9, 2012 2:35 PM

    I love how the Broncos were RUINED, but actually won a playoff game last year.

    The Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game since 1993!!!!

    Who Ruined them? David Koresh or the Menendez brothers?
    ——————————————————
    It’s called expectations. Nobody expects much from a perennial dumpster fire.

  26. starrbrew says: Aug 9, 2012 7:00 PM

    sullijo1 says:
    Aug 9, 2012 2:35 PM
    I love how the Broncos were RUINED, but actually won a playoff game last year.
    The Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game since 1993!!!!
    Who Ruined them? David Koresh or the Menendez brothers?

    4-12 with McD in 2010 isn’t ruined? Oh, your a Chiefs fan that is an OK year for you guys.

  27. maximusprime107 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:35 PM

    It’s easy to look back on it now and say the Cutler trade was bad, but at the time, Cutler really wasn’t any good and he was a prima-dona. At the time, people liked the move

  28. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Aug 10, 2012 10:54 AM

    Broncos fan here, and I realize my opinion is in the minority among other Broncos fans, but here it is anyway.

    McDaniels made several personnel errors while he was in Denver. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

    -Drafting Knowshon Moreno with the 12th overall pick in 2009
    -Drafting Robert Ayers with the 18th overall pick in 2009 and using him as an OLB
    -Trading a 1st round pick in 2010 to get a 2nd round pick in 2009 to draft Alphonso Smith (contrary to popular belief, however, the pick was NOT the pick acquired from the Bears, but rather the Broncos NATURAL pick, per the Seahawks’ request)
    -Trading up to draft Richard Quinn in the 2nd round in 2009
    -Trading up to draft Tim Tebow in the 1st round in 2010

    They DO NOT include the following:

    -Trading Jay Cutler and a 5th round pick for 2 1st round picks, a 3rd round pick and Kyle Orton
    -Trading Brandon Marshall for two 2nd round picks
    -Trading Peyton Hillis and a 6th round pick for Brady Quinn
    -Trading Tony Scheffler and a 7th round pick for a 5th round pick

    Jay Cutler is exceptionally talented but has a terrible attitude and will never lead his team to a championship.

    Brandon Marshall is a narcissistic, loudmouth, me-first crybaby wife-abuser who is responsible for getting Darrent Williams murdered. Miami couldn’t dump him fast enough. They took two 3rd rounders 1 year after trading two 2nd rounders to get him.

    Peyton Hillis is selfish, injury-prone and fumble-prone. He quit on the Browns last year over a contract dispute, and despite a glaring need at the position, they let him walk in free agency.

    Tony Scheffler is now and always will be a backup tight end.

  29. wenellniners says: Aug 10, 2012 11:46 AM

    mike83ri says:
    Aug 9, 2012 12:36 PM
    Talk about revisionist history. McDaniels wasn’t the GM, and Cutler demanded a trade… It wasn’t THAT long ago Brandon, we all know the facts.

    _______

    WRONG…cutler only asked for the trade after mcdaniels clearly indicated (shortly after he was hired) that he didn’t feel that cutler was a starter in the league.

    if mcdaniels had swallowed his pride, culter would have still been in denver.

  30. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Aug 10, 2012 2:45 PM

    McDaniels never said Cutler wasn’t a starter in the NFL. He said he wasn’t coachable, and he was right. He isn’t.

  31. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 11, 2012 4:36 PM

    @ebbycalvinlaloosh

    ALL your points are spot on and factual.

    It seems as though the majority of people have a warped perspective of Cutler and Marshall.

    Their only knowledge of them is their fantasy football stats or footage of them on ESPN’s “top plays.”

    Personalities aside (which both are world class a-holes) their on-field personalities are just as destructive.

    Cutler is a strong armed gun slinger who has more red zone INTS then anyone over the last 5 years. He consistently throws into double/triple coverage and never hesitates to throw teammates under the bus when things go awry.

    Dude is a head case who will never realize his maximum potential.

    Marshall is every bit the diva a T.O. or Chad Johnson used to be. But unlike them he chooses to pout AFTER the snap. He puts forth half effort on plays not designed to go to him and he regularly takes his sweet time coming back from injuries.

    Dude is a head case who will never realize his maximum potential.

  32. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 11, 2012 4:41 PM

    Good luck Chicago.

    Matt Forte is a beast and his success will determine how good your team will do.

    Your O-line is still a work in progress and I guarantee you that if Matt Forte has a down year now that he got his $$$ (unheard of for a RB right?) you’ll see Cutler struggle, throw his teammates under the bus, and watch Marshall “pull” a hammy and miss weeks when the playoffs are out of reach.

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