New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been very outspoken this season and continued to speak his mind this week. Marshall said there is too much media coverage in the NFL citing his frustrations with the culture during an appearance on Inside the NFL.
“We have an epidemic right now and the epidemic is, the clash between our local media and our players. In fact, I struggle with it at times … Politicians, we have executives, TV personalities who fail on television, who do terrible jobs of handling conflict. I personally think that the media has too much access. Let’s face it, we get out the shower and there’s 10, 15, 20 reporters standing there looking at you waiting to ask you a question while you’re getting dressed. I think it’s too much. I think we’re put in tough positions. And I think we need to figure this thing out.”
Marshall then wanted to defend legendary quarterback Peyton Manning as he undergoes media scrutiny as his career winds down in less impressive fashion.
“Listen, we’re not immortal. It happens to all of us. It’s going to happen to me. I’m still playing. You guys (Simms and Esiason) retired. You can’t play forever. So for us to bash Peyton Manning, it’s disrespectful. It’s the reality. I just don’t like the way we’re covering it. I don’t like the narrative right now. To me it seems very disrespectful when you look at what this guy has done for this league and for so many people in this league