Hey, Tom Brady. There’s a guy in Colorado who has a score to settle with you. It’s Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, itching to get Brady and the defending Super Bowl champions back in Denver later this year.
“We’re going to handle what we’ve got to handle. We can’t wait to get them in our house,” Marshall told me Wednesday. “It’s a rivalry. It’s something you circle on the schedule.”
It clearly irks Marshall that New England has been established as a prohibitive favorite to repeat as league champion. Denver refuses to concede anything to any AFC rival, despite the love NFL prognosticators are giving the Patriots.
“We know what they say. There’s a 51 percent chance they’ll win the Super Bowl,” Marshall said. “That’s ridiculous.”
What’s more, Marshall has had a bone to pick with Brady for more than 18 months, ever since Brady arrogantly and openly dissed him during Denver’s 20-18 victory at the AFC championship game in January 2016. That’s a big reason why on a hot summer day, Marshall was already anticipating a game against the Patriots in November, when Brady next visits Denver.
“He don’t do so well over here,” said Marshall. He knows Brady’s career record against the Broncos in Colorado is a weak 3-7, including four losses during New England’s last five visits.
The bullies on the Denver defense have messed so badly with young quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, I’m beginning to wonder if coach Vance Joseph should hire a playground monitor at training camp.
Early in practice on a sunny summer morning, Marshall jumped a route and picked off a pass from a bewildered Lynch, who never saw the linebacker…
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