Welcome to SportsChat, your place on my space for sports related conversation. I got asked a couple questions about the old ‘NFL football’, so I thought I would write up a quick post to discuss it. Thanks to Bugboy, for the excellent questions!
1. What the hell happened with Brandon Marshall in Chicago last year that they let him go to the Jets for a song? He’s reestablished himself as one of the premier receivers in the NFL this year, with Ryan Fitzpatrick, ffs, as his QB, and it’s made me wonder why Chicago was so eager to drop him.
We really don’t know. I loved Brandon Marshall. I went to training camp and saw him compete. It was a thing of beauty. When Charles Tillman was here, they would push out the #2 guy if someone else would line up vs each other. Nobody wanted to win more than Brandon, who often played hurt. The word is that he was “a cancer in the locker room”. I never played even high school level sports, but I have been on teams where we had “nice guys” on the team and they sucked. When it comes to professional sports, I’m not sure why they can’t put that aside. There have been many teams throughout history who openly disliked each other. Hell, we had Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan here who famously didn’t get along.
With a new GM and new head coach, they probably wanted to get rid of any strong personalities. I think there might have also been an issue with Brandon traveling to New York on Tuesdays to film Inside the NFL. They also drafted Kevin White with the 7th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Perhaps they didn’t want him influenced by Marshall. That’s a shame because Marshall was instrumental in turning Alshon Jeffery into the receiver he was. Marshall was a leader and a great pro while he was in Chicago.
2. On the Chip Kelly firing: I’m hearing things like inflexible, disciplinarian, didn’t understand the players, etc. Well, if it’s incumbent upon the coach to accede to the players’ demands on how they want to play, isn’t it at least as incumbent upon the players to work with the coach and his gameplan to make it work? Somehow, you never hear that kind of thing anymore. Or am I just being naive in the era of the super star athlete?
I loved the results Chip got his first two years in Philly. I disagree with him shipping off all the talent though. Especially LeSean McCoy who seemed to fit his system like a glove. This past offseason Chip really went crazy in handing a bunch of money to a running back who a) historically never stayed healthy and b) was a power runner. While college coaches typically flame out in the NFL, Kelly had great success his first two seasons. Even this season as it looked like the team was about to self-destruct, they really and beat the Patriots and Bills in back to back weeks.
Pro athletes are among the most pampered people on the planet. Most of them have been told how great they are since they were in Pee Wee league. The real superstars want to be coached hard. It’s the semi-stars, and the guys with lots of talent–but are only in it for a paycheck, who don’t ‘buy in’. The other part is, in the NFL, you have to adapt. Look no further than Tom Coughlin in New York. He was close to being fired for the exact same reasons. He adapted. He had guys like Michael Strahan come to him though. Not sure the Eagles have that kind of leadership right now.
Rumor is: Chip wants to stay in the NFL and has his eye set on Tennessee where former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is currently at. I have mixed feelings on that, but if he can pull it off, it could be exciting football to watch.
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