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Brandon Marshall Gives Brock Osweiler & The Houston Texans Bulletin-Board Material For Week 7

Brandon Marshall says he and the Broncos defense are looking forward to welcoming Brock Osweiler back to Denver in their own special way. But was it wise to give Houston additional motivation?

All was peaceful leading into this week’s matchup with the Houston Texans, with the obvious storyline of Brock Osweiler's return to Denver having gone mostly untouched by the media.

That all changed today when Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall lobbed the first volley at his ex-teammate.

For anyone who isn’t aware of the context (where have you been the last six months?), Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway worked hard to re-sign Osweiler this past offseason, only to be outbid by the Texans, who nabbed the 6-foot-8 signal-caller on a four-year, $72 million deal, with $37 million guaranteed. Osweiler would go on to make no-so-veiled comments that the offense in Denver was holding him back, while continuing to distance himself from the Broncos organization, even going so far as to not join them on their celebratory trip to the White House this summer.

Not to be outdone, Elway would go on Denver's KOA radio, after the Broncos got out to a 4-0 start and comment on how the ordeal resolved itself for the Broncos.

“A lot of times those deals you don’t make are the best ones. 

“You try to make the best decision when you have to make it. . . . Excluding last night, we really felt good with the way everything’s fallen, the way we went into camp, and we’re really excited with the guys who are playing the position for us now.”

It was an obvious dig at Osweiler, who has had an up-and-down run as Houston's starter, while Trevor Siemian has gone 4-1 as Denver's quarterback, throwing seven touchdowns to just three interceptions. Osweiler hasn't been as fortunate, breaking even with eight touchdowns to eight interceptions through six games.  

The Broncos have had their own problems of late, looking like lethargic sleepwalkers during the opening halves in their back-to-back losses to the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers. The Broncos have given up morale-depleting touchdown drives in both defeats, while being anemic on offense.   

But, with such a big game looming for both teams, this could be the type of motivation the Broncos need to overcome their early-game struggles and get back to their winning ways in front of a national audience.

On the other hand, Marshall's comments could backfire and give Osweiler and the Texans the bulletin-board push to get them over the hump vs. a tough Conference foe on the road. 

Adam Uribes is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @auribes37.

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