Dec 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall (54) deflects a pass intended for Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler (84) in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The time has come for Brandon Marshall to get confused for the other one.
Disarrayed? A little jumbled?
Put yourself in the shoes of the Brandon Marshall in Denver.
Broncos Country knows that’s in reference to the Denver Broncos linebacker still having people think he’s the receiver in Chicago. If you have watched the NFL this season, you know that’s complete nonsense.
The receiver for the Bears is no longer the best Brandon Marshall in the league. And it’s not even close.
Brandon Marshall has been one of the best and most consistent defenders in the NFL this season. He makes plays all over the field in both the run and pass defense. And when the Broncos need a defender to make a big play or tackle, he’s proven he will come through.
Marshall is eighth in the NFL in total tackles with 109. He’s defended 10 passes, has two sacks, forced one fumble and has an interception. He also gets his defensive teammates in the right spots when the plays are called. Oh, and this is the first season with this defense.
That’s impressive by itself.
But then you remember he’s had to do this while trying to replace linebacker Danny Trevathan. The Denver defense hasn’t missed its young linebacker.
Prior to the season, Trevathan was one of the defenders people said was irreplaceable. “He’s someone that defense can ill afford to lose.” The thought being it was the thinnest position on the roster and there was no one who could step into that role.
That makes what Marshall has done this season even more special. In terms of MVPs for this team, he has to be included in the discussion.
Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Brandon Marshall (54) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (80) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Denver won the game 29-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Yet people still think he’s the receiver who used to play for the Broncos.
Marshall has fun with it. Follow him on Twitter, @BMarsh54, to see what I’m talking about.
Still, it has to get old and irritating to constantly deal with that kind of minimization. To his credit, he hasn’t gone off yet. Perhaps that’s added motivation for him when he steps on the field.
What’s fun to think about is Trevathan is now off of injured reserve and can play this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
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Marshall has proven himself this season so John Fox and Jack Del Rio cannot take him off the field when Trevathan does come back. That means a defense that has played its best two games of the season is about to get even better.
Talk about the right time to get one of your best defenders back.
For the Broncos to get where they want to go this season, the defense will take them there.
Brandon Marshall will lead them on that path.
Hopefully when Denver gets there people will no longer get confused when they see him in a Broncos’ uniform.
Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) carries the ball against Denver Broncos outside linebacker Brandon Marshall (54) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports