Denver Broncos: Predicting Brandon Marshall’s Stats in 2017

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 24: Inside linebacker Brandon Marshall
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 24: Inside linebacker Brandon Marshall /

The Denver Broncos position at linebacker has reaped the benefits in the middle once Brandon Marshall took the reins…

Brandon Marshall is searching for his first 100 solo tackle season according to Pro Football Reference. Barring injuries, the Denver Broncos linebacker is on a great path to reach that milestone. The versatility he provides gives the Broncos a chance to compete with tight ends and running backs in coverage. This is why Marshall is on a course for 100 solo tackles in 2017.

Furthermore, the 2016 season left a bad taste Marshall’s mouth.

"“During the season, I was like, ‘I’m not making any plays, I’m not making plays.’ It just felt weird. I wanted to do something about that. I plan to make all the plays. … Linebackers are supposed to lead the team in tackles. We’re supposed to be the playmakers on defense, and I think that’s what we need to get back to,”Marshall said in an article to ESPN in June."

Marshall understands how to reach a goal.

"‘When you reach all of your goals, or when you have something that you work for your whole life and you reach it, naturally, you take a deep breath.’ Even though you reached that, we have to set new goals and new aspirations and work toward that. Once you reach those old goals, I guess those goals won’t do it for you anymore.”(ESPN)"

Over the years, the Broncos struggled to find any consistent starter at linebacker. However, once Marshall entered the fold it seems he is the next great linebacker. Al Wilson, Randy Gradishar, Karl Mecklenburg, John Mobley, and Tom Jackson are some players to man the linebacker spot in Broncos history.

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Lastly, Covering tight ends and running backs is a strong suit for Marshall. Stuffing the run and clogging the lanes is one of the best traits he possesses. His anticipation and play recognition puts him near the top of the list at linebacker. This anticipation helps him in all phases of the position.

Look for Marshall to record solid numbers in a system controlled by Joe Woods. According to the Broncos coaches the defense scheme will not change. This bodes well for Marshall to continue his progress to become the greatest. 

Without further ado, here is my Marshall stat prediction:

125 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception.