Brandon Marshall made his scheduled appearance on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" following the conclusion of the Jets' 2016 season on Tuesday night.
Among the topics Marshall addressed were when he first saw the season begin to slip away, experiencing the other side of the New York media, his relationship with Sheldon Richardson and what he learned from this season.
Marshall used a colorful analogy to express the Jets inability to change and adapt throughout a disappointing 5-11 year.
"The best way I can describe it is, having a diaper on and never changing it. And just sitting in that diaper the whole year. That's how our year was. It was a bad year."
After a 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, Marshall had his first inkling that it could be a difficult season.
"When I first kind of had a feeling of shock was after the Kansas City game. You know, I think we all came into the season with high expectations. We understood the challenges that we were going to face with the tough schedule-the toughest schedule in all of football probably. We thought that we would have a top five defense. We thought that our offense will be better because it was our second year around. We had amazing chemistry the year before. [We] broke a lot of records and did some amazing things. So, I felt like that was the game we were like, 'Wow. Maybe we aren't as good as we thought we were.'"
Marshall feels that he has now seen both sides of the New York media after playing his second season with the Jets.
"One of the things I've learned about playing in New York and why it's so hard, and you talk about this beast of a media, it's winning or losing. When you are winning it's great. They make you into a Hall of Fame player. They give you nicknames that go viral globally. But when you lose it's the same thing. We [Jets] stopped talking about football after Week 3. There was no longer, 'Brandon, what do you think about this matchup? Brandon, what's going on with your team? What's your game plan?' It's all about, 'Is your coach going to make it?' Week 3 we were answering questions about if coach [Todd] Bowles was going to get fired. We were no longer talking about football. And that's the toughest thing for coaches and players in this environment. When you're losing the media is tough. But that comes with the business."
Richardson and Marshall had a rocky relationship that started during a Week 3 fight and lasted for the duration of the season before spilling over into the media at years end.
"I'm very disappointed. I have no ill will towards Sheldon. That's my teammate. I think he is a hell of a player. And since the first day I stepped foot on campus this guy has done nothing but to try to be the best person that he can be and the best football player he can be. The way I look at it, unless you've gone through it, I can't explain the type of environment it is in a losing building. It's so toxic. I can't explain it and I give people grace because I was on the other side. And I'm still on the other side sometimes when I make mistakes. And the way people deal with problems are different. And for Sheldon, there's so much tension. There's so much pressure on all of us. And people handle things differently. For me, it's more about how do we pick up the pieces and move forward."
While it was a disappointing season overall, Marshall believes there were experiences to learn from moving forward into next season.
"One of the things that I've learned, and every year football teaches you things, we talk about work ethic and how character building in adverse situations. We talk about all of these life lessons and life skills that we pick up along the way through our sport. And this year, for me, it was my delivery and timing. And my timing was bad at times. Meaning that, after a loss, that is not always the best time to address some tough issues. Sometimes you have to wait to Monday morning or Tuesday morning to have those types of conversations. So, I learned my lessons, some things blew up on my face. I'll take that. I'll chalk it up. And I will be a better person next year."
In 15 games, Marshall caught 59 passes for 788 yards and three touchdowns in 2016.