Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall
October 3, 2017
Q: How tough has this season been for you so far?
A: We’re not winning, but it’s football, you know what I mean? I came here to win, we’re not winning, but I’ve been through so much more in my life. There’s been times where we’ve used the oven to try to heat up the house. I remember taking showers with my older brother in the eighth grade because we didn’t have hot water and we just wanted to get in as quickly as possible and we pumped each other up to take showers after basketball practice and football practice when it’s 50 degrees outside. Football makes you tough, football helps build your character. You come in a boy and you leave a man. So, being 0-4, it stinks, but there’s worse things in life. And half the guys in this room have been through [what I have]. This is our job, we’re paid to do a job and we’ve got to get it done. We just need to find a win. We find a win, the environment will be so much better.
Q: Do you think the younger guys in the locker room need to be reminded that there are worse things in life than being 0-4?
A: So, let me do this. I respect you guys and your job, but I moved on to Los Angeles, we’ve moved on to Los Angeles. So, it sucks to be in this position. It’s not the best position, but I’ve got to play football. So, I don’t want to spend all my time thinking about what we did in Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four. If we do that, then we’re not going to get out of this hole that we dug. So, I’m moving on. So I respectfully decline any questions about our culture, any questions about our losing streak. My play – my play hasn’t been where I want it to be. I need to pick it up. But, I’m not going to waste too much time talking about a losing environment. I came here to win, so hopefully that answers any questions you guys may have had outside of football.
Q: When you are trying to rebound after an 0-4 start, how much does it help to have a quarterback like Eli Manning, who has been through similar things?
A: Well yeah, I already talked about our situation. We’re onto Los Angeles. It’s a defense that a lot of us are familiar with. [Los Angeles Defensive Coordinator] Gus Bradley, a Seattle defense, his defense. We’ve just got to find a way to win. I think we’ve got great guys. You’re talking about Eli, Eli’s a great leader. He never wavers, he’s consistent and that type of stability at leadership helps out all the younger guys. We’ve just got to go into MetLife this Sunday and find a way to get a win.
Q: How much would getting an early lead help?
A: Yeah, I mean, getting an early lead always helps. But, there’s so many other ways to win football games, right? So, however it comes, we just need to figure it out. We’ll take any win right now. We’re hungry. We’re working hard. We have a great attitude and we have to figure it out.
Q: Do you find that confidence has been an issue for you when it comes to catching the ball?
A: You know what, I haven’t played the way I’ve wanted to play. I hold myself to a high standard. The guys around here hold me to a high standard. There’s high expectations on all of us and looking at myself in the mirror, I want to pick up my play and I’ll do that, but I’m not going to waste too much time thinking about the past. If I do that, then the future is going to be really ugly.
Q: Do you find yourself thinking about lack of confidence in games or do you put that stuff past you?
A: Sure. Sure. I mean, it’s just - the San Diego Chargers. They present a lot of challenges, but there’s also a lot of opportunities. So, I’ll have my chances to help out the team and be a solution, right, instead of a problem. We’ll figure it out and we’ll get rolling this Sunday.
Q: Los Angeles Chargers, you mean.
A: I said San Diego? They’re the San Diego Chargers still. San Diego – need to go back to San Diego. There goes your headline for it today. Yeah. San Diego, go back, go back.