Steve Geller

Brandon Marshall ready to reestablish career in Black & Gold

On playing with Brees - “I think that’s a wide receivers dream"

Steve Geller
November 14, 2018 - 6:31 pm
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The media got a chance to talk to new Saints receiver Brandon Marshall today. The 34 year old comes to New Orleans after a short stint with Seattle this season. He feels that it won't take him too long to get up to speed in Coach Sean Payton’s offense.

“You know, the good thing is I had coach Kromer and coach Trestman in Chicago, so I was in a familiar almost identical system for 2 years,” said Marshall. “And, then I’ve had 9 different offensive coordinators.  You know, so slant is slant, seam is seam; you just have to understand the terminology and then also the quarterbacks timing. But, for the most part I’m comfortable with what we’re doing here. Still got a lot to catch up on.”

Marshall mentioned Aaron Kromer. He was the offensive coordinator for the Bears from 2013-14, but spent time under Payton while with the Saints from 2008-12.  The familiarity with the offense should make for a smooth transition for Marshall. He was asked about getting to now work with a quarterback like Drew Brees.

“I think that’s a wide receivers dream.  It’s exciting”, Marshall said smiling.  “Then, also you’ve got Mike T over there, who’s a beast, and the running backs; so it’s a complete team and they’re on a roll right now.”

The Black & Gold are on a roll having rattled off 8 straight wins since their season opening loss.  Maybe Tampa’s win in the Dome really helped to focus this team; adversity can do that.  It did for Marshall. He started out as a 4th round pick of the Denver Broncos back in 2006, but some off the field distractions and injuries hampered his career.

“I’ve been on the top, and I’m at the bottom right now”, Marshall explained. “The experiences that you get, the people you meet, you can’t get anywhere else. The last few years, I’ve been fighting and plugging away.  I left the Jets trying to pursue an opportunity like this and landed with the Giants and things didn’t go right for us there.  I ended up getting hurt and going on injured reserve. Then I got an amazing opportunity to go to the Seahawks, I just wasn’t healthy enough.  When you’re on the other side of 30 and you don’t produce, this is the situation you’ll find yourself in. I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity and I love playing football.”

Marshall was dealing with an ankle issue since his last season with the Giants, but said he started to feel like himself in week 3 or 4 this year.  We’ll see soon if there is anything left in that 34 year old gas tank to give for the Black & Gold.  When healthy, the 6ft5, 232 pound target is a match-up nightmare.  Marshall has made 970 receptions for 12,351 yards and 83 TDs in his 13 year career. His last stand out season came in 2015 with the Jets when he made 109 catches for 1,502 yards and 14 trips to the end zone.   

 

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