Emotions get the best of Brandon Marshall
Training camp got testy for the New York Jets and it resulted in a scuffle between Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall. This should be cause for concern.
When things got heated last week in training camp with the New York Jets, some said Brandon Marshall‘s punting of the football was “exactly what the Jets needed”. Accountability is apparently what Marshall was honing in on and a new-attitude that sub-par play wouldn’t be accepted anymore, whether it was in practice or in a game.
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Although the punting of a football last week could also be interpreted in a different way. Turning back the clock, Marshall was involved in a very similar incident earlier in his career in Denver where he punted a football and lost his cool.
After his most recent incident, there has to be a line drawn where enough is enough. ESPN New York reporter, Rich Cimini, was at practice on Friday and gave the fans a full transcript of the events here.
“Jets WR Brandon Marshall took a swing at Darrelle Revis in practice. Marshall was on the sideline and walked over to Revis, who was on the field. They exchanged words and Marshall threw a punch with his right hand. They were quickly separated. Quincy Enunwa literally picked up Marshall and carried him away. Marshall had been jawing at Revis throughout the practice. Fireworks at Jets camp.”
While this seems to be cause for concern, especially considering Marshall’s checkered past with these kinds of incidents, the coaching staff took it a different way. Cimini asked head coach Todd Bowles about straddling the line between competitiveness and immaturity.
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It’s a tad surprising, considering that Bowles seems to be a no nonsense kind of leader.
While the narrative makes sense, you want your guys to compete and push each other, plus it’s hot out there, and you have two Pro-Bowl players competing against each other.
Bottom line is this, when you throw punches you’ve gone too far.
Marshall said after practice that, “[Revis and I] are really close. We crossed that line. It’s part of camp…It’s done.”
While the Jets do need to be more accountable and the veteran leaders on the team are responsible for holding the other players to a higher standard, you’ve got to be smart about it. The objective for the rest of camp should be to compete and push each other, without crossing the line.
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Marshall is a wildcard, he broke long-standing franchise records last season for the Jets but also pitched a ball backwards in a key situation. So you’re going to get the good and the bad with Marshall, it’s a part of the package, but if the media and the coaching staff stops encouraging that kind of behavior, maybe he’ll stop so everyone can focus on the task at hand heading into the regular season.