Hat’s off to Phil Emery. Going out and getting Jay Cutler’s right hand man? Genius work. For two 3rd round draft picks, oh and what’s that, we had an extra one anyway? Genius Phil, pure genius.
My plebian mind was thinking let’s get aggressive, and go out and get Vincent Jackson. We have the cap room to snag him right? Especially, if he’s only asking for Ochocinco money. And if that’s what it takes, so be it. However my hopes were dashed, as Tampa Bay took that a little too literally when they issued him his $55,555,555 contract. Now I’m thinking all the big name WR free agents will surely stay put, and we’ll be scrambling to make mid-level talent wide outs sound like they could one day be the #1 receiver Cutler so desperately deserves. Then Phil flies into the danger zone, and snags top-gun Brandon Marshall. I can’t help but get bothered by all this media coverage on how this may not have been as great a move as I think, because Marshall has a bevy of personal issues. Look guys, I’m willing to welcome Brandon Marshall to Chicago with open arms, even if he and his wife have a lot of baggage. I don’t care if his wife accidentally ordered bottle service to her face, and Marshall did in fact go all empire on some lady when he struck back (allegedly). He’s too good to worry about it, just look at the history.
06-07: Allegedly Marshall has a domestic dispute involving his ex-girlfriend, was nearly run over by his father in a parking lot, and is accused of fraud when he creates a birth certificate for his Kenyan friend Barack… 102 receptions, 1325 yards receiving, 7 touchdowns. 07-08: Allegedly Marshall punches his ex-girlfriend (on several different occasions), steals her purse, throws a rock at her car, and forces her to eat dolphin un-safe tuna. He also was charged with a DUI after driving the wrong way on a one way street after a game… 104 receptions, 1,265 yards, 6 touchdowns. 08-09: Allegedly Marshall has three different incident reports filed within three consecutive days all involving his ex-girlfriend. One notably involving him punching a moving train off of its tracks into her Range Rover. Additionally, the Denver Broncos claim Marshall insisted they find a roster spot for his pet camel, and that he sold his condo to live on a train. Later in the season he only spoke to the media in Kerouac quotes, and hired Bill Nye the Science guy as his personal assistant. Marshall, after all this, is suspended for one game for violating the league’s personal conduct policy… 15 games, 101 receptions, 1,120 yards, 10 touchdowns.
Keep in mind that all this goes down during his time spent in Denver. But have no fear bear fans, Jay Cutler has said recently that going forward it will be his “sole mission” to keep Marshall out of nightclubs after 4am this season. And if I’m going to trust anything from this story its Jay Cutler’s track record as an accountability partner. The bottom line is that, with Marshall, off-field problems equal on-field solutions. And personally, I am totally fine with that.