The (Un)likely Emergence of Brandon Marshall

Watching Seahawks football on Sunday was like a dream; a sweaty, horrific nightmare, but a dream nonetheless.

Jokes aside – and I’m not just talking about Rashaad Penny’s decisiveness folks – the Seahawks traveled into an impenetrable enemy lair and nearly escaped unscathed. You would think that seahawks would be able to thrive in a mile-high battle but, alas, the aerial assault couldn’t quite get it done.

I have not gathered you here today, though, to look at where this loss fits into the grand scheme of things. You are already aware of the predestination of 12-3-1.

No. We have come together to appreciate the gargantuan mystic and phenomenal dominance (phenominance) of Brandon Marshall.

No, not the Denver linebacker you motherfuckers. I am obviously talking about Brandon Marshall, my father and Seattle’s WR1 at this point. With Doug Baldwin injuring his sole remaining knee, Russell Wilson targeted his newest behemoth a team-high six times. Marshall hauled in three of them for 46 yards and a touchdown. Another pass down the left sideline was caught, but not controlled through the ground, while another touchdown was called back for offensive pass interfearence, as the referee was obviously too scared to accept that the Wilson-to-Marshall connection was already so deadly.

I’ve discussed my adoration of Marshall on numerous occasions and I’ve been bullish on his impending production since the moment the team signed him. I never could have expected this immediate success though.

I am aware that 45 receiving yards isn’t exactly a statistically dominant performance, per se. Wilson’s immediate tendency to target him, especially in important moments, is pretty exciting though. The Seahawks converted only two of twelve third downs on Sunday. Both of them were on receptions by Marshall. They weren’t cheap conversions or short-yardage situations either. BMarsh’s 20-yard touchdown over Bradley Roby came on a monumental 3rd-and-7 midway through Q3. The other came on a 3rd-and-11 at the end of the quarter. Two plays later, Wilson found Tyler Lockett for a 51-yard touchdown to put Seattle up by 4.

Wilson’s first interception, via Justin Simmons, came on a throw to Marshall on the left boundary (on a play strikingly similar to Kam Chancellor’s NFCCG pick). Growing pains are to be expected and Russ needs to make sure not to force it to his 6’4″ McEvoy replacement. But Marshall’s positives far outweighed his negatives and I haven’t even rewatched the tape to key in on his run blocking (which I would assume was at least above-average, as it has been throughout his career).

We are through only one game, I know. The sample size is small, I know. But Brandon Marshall is fun as hell and, while I am stoked he is a Seattle Seahawk for personal reasons, his successes make it all the more sweet. Look for the chemistry between Russ and Marshall to grow throughout the season continuously, especially if Baldwin is out for extended time.

This has been your weekly episode of MARSHALL WATCH. Tune in next week folks, after our favorite big boi ravages his second ex-squad of the season to the tune of one dropped Kyle Fuller pick and three teeders.