Embattled Broncos WR Brandon Marshall was complimentary of coach Josh McDaniels during a radio interview on 104.3 The Fan in Denver (via Sports Radio Interviews) on Monday. But Marshall danced around the question of whether he would return to the Broncos in 2010.
“Like I will say, when you start losing, there is a lot of things that are covered up comes to life,” Marshall said, “but I have nothing but great things to say for Coach McDaniels. Mr. B (Pat Bowlen) is probably one of the best owners in all of sports. Coach McDaniels, I take my hat off to him because if it wasn’t for him, I think the growth in me this year wouldn’t be there.”
But what about next season? Which Marshall be in a Broncos uniform?
“I love my teammates, and I don’t think that decision is up to me because … I love this organization,” he said. “I love this organization, and unfortunately the business side of it, there are so many people involved and so many different elements. I am a Bronco and I am always going to be a Bronco until they tell me differently.”
Marshall’s comments could be considered a surprise. McDaniels and Marshall got off to a rocky start — with trade demands and such — after the coaching change in Denver earlier this year. But the duo seemingly buried the hatchet during the first part of the season, although, a six-game winning streak tends to do that.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora previously reported that the riff between the coach and enigmatic receiver never truly went away. And that bad blood came to the surface again after Marshall was benched for Sunday’s season finale against the Chiefs — a game that had huge playoff implications.The Broncos lost to the Chiefs, completing Denver’s second consecutive collapse down the stretch.
Marshall said that the benching was a complete shock to him, especially with all of the praise McDainels’ heaped on him following his record-breaking performance against the Colts in Week 14.Marshall said that he wanted to spend his career in Denver and even want to break all of Rod Smith‘s club records. But Marshall says that decision will not be left to him.