Brandon Marshall Has A Bizarre Take On Why The Jets Shouldn’t Draft Zach Wilson

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Brandon Marshall made quite the argument against the New York Jets drafting Zach Wilson during Tuesday’s episode of First Things First. He dialed up a he won’t be able to handle the New York media attack against Wilson.

“Do you really want to put Zach Wilson into this environment? We keep talking about the New York media. You have to be cut from a certain type of cloth. This dude…has been tucked away in BYU,” Marshall said.

The 13-year NFL vet believes that Justin Fields, who spent one year handling the media attention at Ohio State and another year jumping on Zoom calls, is cut from the perfect cloth to handle the media pressure awaiting a new Jets quarterback.

“He’s cut for this type of environment,” Marshall explained. “You go get Justin Fields because he can handle this New York media.”

Uh, OK.

And how exactly does one determine that a quarterback is cut out for the New York environment? Fields played at a Big Ten school that sheltered the quarterback from the media. It’s a bold take from Marshall. Quiet Eli Manning was cut out to handle the New York media? I’d venture to guess it was rather easy for Eli to handle the New York media when he had a Super Bowl victory by his fourth season and another in 2012.

Marshall doesn’t have any clue whether Wilson’s cut out for the New York environment, and he doesn’t have a clue whether Fields would fare any better. Was the New York media even that hard on Sam Darnold? This isn’t the 1990s when pitbull columnists came after starting quarterbacks four times a week in the middle of a tabloid war. The New York Daily News doesn’t even have a newsroom these days. Marshall’s acting like there’s no way the Jets could throw Wilson to the wolves. Uh, yeah they can. It’s called bringing in The Athletic, ESPN, CBS, SI and any other outlets that want further access to their quarterback. Those outlets that play by the rules get expanded access. What about talk radio? Again, this isn’t 2002. Hypothetical ‘Bill the Plumber’ is now cashing huge union retirement checks in Florida and hasn’t bothered calling in to blast a QB in years.

This isn’t rocket science, but then again this is Brandon Marshall we’re talking about. The same guy who said two months ago that the Jets should go all-in to get Deshaun Watson.

This might’ve been the most heat Sam Darnold took over the last few years:

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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    • That is the first thing I thought. Now if say Phil Simms said the opposite about Justin Fields he would get accused of being racist by the woke brigade and for 28 news cycles we would hear stories about how Phil Simms didn’t along with black players when he played for the Giants.

  1. I would argue the exact opposite of Marshall with the same facts. What adversity has Josh Fields faced at Ohio State the last two years? They absolutely steamrolled everyone until they got to the playoffs. That dude had an NFL roster around him. Do you think Columbus media is hard on Ohio State quarterbacks on teams winning conference titles and going to the playoffs every year? Please. Zach Wilson had to fight and claw his way onto the national scene at a program no one thought would succeed. Wilson had to create his own hype, fields came with hype. Just a dumb argument.

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