Brandon Marshall, sociologist, on his QBs

AP

It’s obvious that Jason Campbell is not the same as Jay Cutler.

But Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall challenged people to look beyond the easy stereotypes when describing them.

Jason’s black and Jay’s white,” Marshall began, via John Mullin of CSNChicago.com, before making his larger point.

“You know what, it’s the opposite,” Marshall said. “You would think Campbell would be like [Michael] Vick. But ‘J-Cut’ is like Vick, and Jason is more of a pocket guy, I would say. Cut likes to run around a little bit, so that’s a little opposite.

“But because of the picture we paint on black quarterbacks, it’s supposed to be a guy who runs around a lot, but Jason does a good job in the pocket, really reading coverage, really taking control of the offense.”

Marshall hits on a pet peeve, in that many people only compare quarterbacks to other quarterbacks whom they look like.

Cam Newton was much more like Ben Roethlisberger coming out of college than he was Vick, and Robert Griffin III wasn’t similar to Newton, other than having won Heisman Trophies.

With a little luck, one day everyone can be as open-minded in their comparisons as Marshall is, and we can stop attach the buzzwords like “athletic” and “cerebral” to one kind of player or another.

13 responses to “Brandon Marshall, sociologist, on his QBs

  1. Can it be that Brandon Marshall has finally matured? Judging by his surprisingly insightful response to the Warren Sapp feud a few months ago, and now this answer. I would say that yes, maybe he has. He’s finally putting his talent together and become the receiver/person everyone hoped he would be.

  2. Actually Brandon, according to Moon, your QB is more like Newton than Vick. I’m not sure either of the latter has ever been described as cerebral though.

  3. People can keep hating on this guy if they want, obviously he’s had a troubled past. But Brandon Marshall is an intelligent, thoughtful, nuanced person who is trying his best to be a good person. In my book, that elevates him above a lot of NFL players.

  4. I always thought Jay Cutler was “shuckin’ and jivin'” when questioned about his toughness. Marshall makes a really good point though, and we should work on it as a society

  5. Actually, if I had to make comparisons, Jay is more like Ryan Leaf, all the talent in the world, but the decision making capabilities of a woman in a shoe store; and Jason is more like Christian Ponder; both of whom are Captains in the Checkdown army.

  6. Better yet, hopefully someday we can continue to attach words like “athletic” and “cerebral” and not have racial undertones manufactured to encourage subscriptions and comments.

    But then again without manufactured controversy every publication would be like AARP magazine (a fine publication actually), and who would read that. I read it for the pictures.

  7. Newton = Rothliesberger? Seriously? I must have missed those thousand yard rushing seasons Ben had… Think you’re guilty of comparing people by what they look like too, Brandon, just because two guys are both 6’6 and 250 doesn’t mean they’re similar players, either.

  8. People still hating on Marshall are just disappointed that he has turned a corner in his life, and never imploded the way they hoped he would.

    Go Bears!

  9. “Actually, if I had to make comparisons, Jay is more like Ryan Leaf, all the talent in the world, but the decision making capabilities of a woman in a shoe store; and Jason is more like Christian Ponder; both of whom are Captains in the Checkdown army.”

    That’s a horribly inaccurate comparison cause Leaf was out of the league in a few years and royally sucked, while Jay has thrown for over 125 TDs, over 20k yards and a 84.1 rating. Typical of a Cutler hater to forgot about doing actual research.

  10. thetokyosandblaster says:
    Nov 18, 2012 9:56 AM
    Actually, if I had to make comparisons, Jay is more like Ryan Leaf, all the talent in the world, but the decision making capabilities of a woman in a shoe store; and Jason is more like Christian Ponder; both of whom are Captains in the Checkdown army.

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    Some people are SO “open-minded” their brains have fallen right out.

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