When the Chiefs head to Denver on Sunday they will not have to deal with the Broncos’ best offensive weapon. Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall has been benched by head coach Josh McDaniels.
McDaniels wouldn’t directly address the reasons for his decision, though he mentioned accountability and said several other players will play Sunday with injuries worse than Marshall’s. Marshall tweaked his right hamstring at practice Wednesday.
Marshall said he didn’t want to get into a war of words, but he did note that McDaniels never played professionally to realize how difficult it is to compete while you’re hurt.
“Coach never played in the NFL,” Marshall told reporters after the decision, according to KDVR-TV, Denver’s Fox affiliate. “I’m going to handle this professionally.”
Marshall had sat out practice for the second straight day Thursday with a strained right hamstring that he suffered running a route. McDaniels said Thursday he wasn’t sure how serious the injury was.
Marshall was recently named to his second straight Pro Bowl honor and has caught at least 100 passes for three straight seasons.
This kid is a great receiver, but what a mess. He talks about how his coach has never played the game and in the next breath he’s trying to say he’s a professional. What a joke. Like I said, he can play and you can’t deny is talent but as long as he acts like a clown he will never be as good as Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson or Andre Johnson.
With all that being said, I will be happy as can be when he leaves the AFC West after the season.