Brandon Marshall’s Latest Tom Brady Take Is Perfectly Reasonable
Brandon Marshall is not a fan of the New England Patriots, nor should he be. The New York Jets wide receiver, who also spent two seasons as a Miami Dolphin, has had a front row seat to watch them steamroll his division on more than one occasion.
And to add insult to injury, Marshall's played historically well against them. The 11-year veteran's 882 career receiving yards against New England are the second-most by any receiver since 2001, just behind Reggie Wayne's 897; and his six touchdowns are the 4th most over that time span as well.
All of that has given the outspoken Marshall the confidence to speak honestly about the five-time Super Bowl champions. During a recent appearance on Showtime's 'Inside the NFL,' Marshall said that he's sick and tired of hearing about Bill Belichick, explaining that he believes the coach gets some of the credit that should go to coordinators Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels.
Then on Thursday, Marshall expressed similar "overrated" sentiments to NJ.com about Tom Brady's reputation as the best player in the NFL right now. While he agrees that Brady is the best quarterback to ever play, Marshall's definition of the best player is a bit different.
"He's not the best player ever," Marshall told NJ.com. "No."
He went on to explain his personal belief that the best player is someone more naturally athletic and whose position is more versatile.
"We get caught up in that whole discussion, that when a quarterback is playing really well, he's probably the best in the business, and we think he's the best player," Marshall said. "And that's not true. When I think about player, I think about a guy that I can put at corner, safety, defensive end, a guy that I can put back on punt return, chase down kicks."
Marshall's point essentially boils down to the idea that per the nature of the position, the quarterback is almost never the most athletic player on the field; which disqualifies even the best QBs from being the best players.
"That, to me, is the best player. J.J. Watt, that can play defensive end, tight end, put him at tackle, make him lose some weight and he can probably play linebacker and safety. That's the best player."
Marshall's answer regarding the greatest player all-time reveals more about his philosophy on the matter.
"Man, that's tough," Marshall said. "I would put J.J. Watt in that discussion. I would put Reggie White in that discussion. I would put Deion [Sanders] in that discussion. I would put Jerry Rice in that discussion. That would probably be impossible [to say for sure]."
So at the end of the day, Marshall's stance isn't anti-Brady or anti-Patriots at all; though many will try to manipulate it as such.
There are plenty of arguments that could be against his theory about the quarterback position, namely the fact that the QB handles the ball on every offensive snap of the game. But within the framework of his interpretation, players like Watt and Sanders make a lot of sense.
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