Rant Sports- He knew he would not be a member of the Bears for long, which is why he decided to call quarterbacks around the league to see if he could have a lasting relationship with any of them. The one young signal caller in particular that left a mark on Marshall was none other than Geno Smith of the New York Jets.
“I was really shocked at the intelligence, how smart he was,” Marshall said, according to CBS Sports. “I had known him as a player from afar. I didn’t know his football IQ was so high. He had crazy passion. When I talked to him, I fell in love with the conversation. I said this is a real opportunity; we have a great defense, great pieces on offense. If we can come together and gel, we may not be the best in Year 1, but if we can be effective and not turn over the ball, we can be in every game.”
“We’re growing every single day,” Marshall said. “I look at it like a little brother. Rooming with him has really speeded up that process. We look at each other a different way. It just makes you want to fight that much harder. We have our ups and downs as far as trying to learn the offense — he wants me to look for a back-shoulder and I’m running down the field — but I’ve got to say, in the last two weeks, we’ve made a pretty significant jump. We’re starting to see the game the same way. It comes from hours and hours of communication, or walking through it at the house.”
Isn't this just adorable? Brandon Marshall just waxing poetic about his new quarterback. Talking about Geno Smith like he isn't one of the most erratic signal callers in football. Giving the entire Jets fan base false hope that they can somehow compete for a championship. This would be like the cutest thing I have ever seen...if I didn't see him do the exact same thing with Jay Cutler two years ago. Brandon Marshall is like the female best friend of wide receivers. You are either his BFF4E, or his sworn enemy. There is no in between. He will be the first person to talk you up and give you confidence to your face, and the first person to curse your very existence behind your back. You know how at the end of horror movies when they unveil the serial killer and it's the best friend that has some internalized grudge that no one knew about? That's Brandon Marshall. Right now it's all ass pats and construction criticism. Give it a few games and it will be head shakes and destructive cynicism. It's almost like he feels that if he compliments his quarterback enough before the season starts, it evens out when he criticizes his play during the season.
Look at some these quotes. "I feel in love with the conversation"? "Growing every day"? "Look at each other differently"? "Having our ups and downs"? "Hours and hours of communication"? You guys going to kiss or nah? Are these two developing a rapport on the field or developing sexual chemistry off of it? Jesus Brandon, oversell much? Jets fans want a ring, but not of the engagement variety. Don't burn out the honeymoon phase before the real snaps even start. We all saw Geno Smith play last year. No words can fix that touchdown to interception ratio. Got to imagine that the Jets brain trust would rather he just shut up and let him prove it on the field, but hey, they knew what they were getting into. They knew they were getting the best worst teammate since Terrell Owens.