Ok, we’re starting a rumor here. But both Brother Steve and I agree adding Marshall could be a huge plus. I’ve been borderline obnoxious re my desire to pick up a physically big WR over the years (even as recently as last year lobbying for Boldin), so it’s no surprise that I would lobby for Marshall. But he’s not just big, he is fast and has great hands (anyone see that Denver/Indy game last year when he broke the NFL record with 22 receptions)? Given our (brother Steve and I) obsession with the importance of creating mismatches for opposing defenses, it’s hard not to seriously consider Marshall. A WR group of Marshall, Jennings, Driver, Jones and Nelson would be out of control. Throw Finley in there and it wouldn’t matter if we had another weak pass-protecting O-Line because Rodgers would only need 1 second to just chuck it in the air and we’d have a TD on every play.
But what about Marshall’s attitude? Sure, I do believe he has a couple NFL discipline strikes against him already that makes him risky. But one thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of these guys have issues like this earlier in their careers (think Randy Moss) and eventually they settle down and get busy trying to be the best. And, I think last year, while Marshall was being a bit of a wanker, the situation wasn’t helped by Josh McDaniels whose abrasive style may not wear well in Denver long term. But what about the likelihood that he’ll demand a massive contract? Concerning yes, but if the Pack were smart, as Brother Steve has suggested, they would consider making a bit of a splash now assuming things go uncapped, by securing the guys we feel will be contributors for the long haul (re-up Rodgers, sign Marshall, sign Collins, etc). Even if it requires spending more than we’d otherwise want to, it may be smart long-term investment-wise.
But again, the biggest reason we’re actually serious about this is because of the match-ups. Just think about it. Honestly, with Finley in there and maybe a more established threat to throw to RBs, defenses would have no chance. None.