Everyone under the sun is weighing in on Peyton Manning's arm strength. After all, Denver's season likely boils down their star quarterback's ability to drill the football downfield.
That came after an AFC pro director told NFL Media's Albert Breer that Manning's arm strength was "significantly diminished," with an NFC executive noting that Manning looked "immobile" and "flinches under pocket pressure."
"We all think it's blasphemy ... because Peyton, he still has it," Marshall said. "You know, he has what it takes. I think it's just a matter of time because it's a new offense. It's the beginning of the season ... just the chemistry with the O-line and the receivers, everybody gotta get in sync. I definitely think it's going to turn around. I have no issues, or no worries about anything."
Asked specifically if he sees less arm strength from Manning, Marshall shot it down, saying: "No. I don't. I've been here since 2013 and it looks the same to me. I definitely don't see a difference."
"I'm sure there's nobody on offense that's happy," Manning told NFL Media's Michael Silver after the loss to Baltimore, adding: "If you're gonna try to make a summary for the season in Week 1 ... then it's not gonna be a great summary. That's why you don't make a summary in Week 1."
Marshall obviously agrees, but the linebacker is part of a shrinking circle who see Manning as unchanged from previous seasons. Few storylines carry more weight this autumn than Peyton pushing to prove his doubters wrong.