McDaniels suggests parting was best for both sides
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels spent the evening talking about
breathing a little easier – and not just because he had traded the
talented but temperamental wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the
McDaniels and tight end Daniel Graham spoke about living with
chronic asthma during a program at North Denver High School on
Wednesday night sponsored by National Jewish Health.
Before talking to kids and their parents about controlling the
disease and overcoming the obstacles it presents, McDaniels briefly
addressed his trade of Marshall to Miami for a pair of second-round
draft picks earlier in the day.
He suggested the deal was a win-win because it gives both
Marshall and the Broncos a fresh start after a tumultuous year.
“I’m happy and excited for Brandon to have an opportunity to do
something that he’s wanted to do,” McDaniels said. “And I’m also
excited about the opportunities that we’re going to be presented
here in the coming week with the draft and continuing to build our
team and our roster the way that we want to do it.”
Before speaking at the same event, Graham said it was time for
both sides to move on after a trying year in which Marshall often
clashed with McDaniels but still managed another stellar
“I’m not quite sure how the future would have been if he was
around and how it would have affected everything,” Graham
Marshall’s departure has been anticipated since his suspension
for the season finale after arriving late for a treatment session
for a sprained ankle that the Broncos felt he was exaggerating.
The next day, he stripped the nameplate off his locker and left
nary a shred of clothing behind.
“It seemed like he really wanted to get out of here,” Graham
said. “He wanted to go somewhere where he felt he was going to be
happy, and he didn’t feel like that would be here in Denver.”
Still, Graham said it will be difficult for the Broncos to
replace Marshall’s Pro Bowl production. Marshall had three straight
100-catch seasons and caught 10 touchdown passes last year.
“We’re going to miss what he brings to that football field,”
Graham said. “But we’ve got to move on. It’s a business.”
Graham, who grew up in Denver, said he realizes a good portion
of the team’s fan base is upset that McDaniels has traded away
stars Jay Cutler and Marshall in successive offseasons.
“I know looking from the outside it’s hard to understand what’s
going on, especially when you lose players the caliber we’ve lost
in the past couple of years, but it is the ultimate team sport,”
Graham said. “Not one player is going to win the Super Bowl for