Brandon Marshall: I had to leave doomed Jets
When Brandon Marshall asked for his release from the sinking Jets this offseason, it had everything do with playing for a contender.
Talking Thursday with WFAN-AM in New York, the veteran wideout — now with the Giants — bashed Gang Green for cutting bait with a horde of experienced and talented players, calling the June releases of receiver Eric Decker and linebacker David Harris “bad business.”
Marshall was then asked how a veteran seeking a shot at the Lombardi should handle playing for a franchise intent on starting from scratch.
“Do what I did: Ask for a release, get out of there,” Marshall said, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. “I just knew I couldn’t be in that environment. I think everyone knows the type of personality I am at this point in my career. I wouldn’t have made it through an entire season knowing that we didn’t have a chance. That’s all you want as a player. You just want a chance.”
The league annually houses a pocket of teams with seemingly no shot at winning the Super Bowl. This year’s list is headed by the Jets, a club stuffed with inexperienced, mostly anonymous newbies.
Now encamped with the Giants, Marshall finds himself on a team fresh off a playoff campaign and hoping for more come September. It’s a familiar and painful narrative for fans of the Jets, who have watched their team play second-fiddle to the G-Men forever.
That dynamic won’t change in 2017.