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Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

Posted on: September 30, 2010 3:59 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Sterling Sharpe and Mike Mayock took to the teevee Sunday night on NFL Network to discuss the Jets-Dolphins game and started discussing the Fins' final series. You can watch the video here , but the premise is that they gave Brandon Marshall a hard time for being "gassed" (although Sharpe kindly gave Marshall a "pass" because he's still getting used to the heat in Florida) and not looking in shape on the final series when Miami was gunning for a win.

Marshall and offensive coordinator Dan Henning clearly watched the show, because they responded to questions about it after practice on Thursday. You can see the full video of Marshall responding (compiled by the Miami Herald 's Jeff Darlington) below, but for those of you not so visually inclined ...

Marshall: "I don’t honestly think that those guys were elite players, including Sterling Sharpe," Marhsall said. "I know he’s done some good things, but from my understanding, he’s not a Hall of Fame player."

"Did they watch from the stands? Or on TV? Or from their home?" Henning asked. "And they’re going to say that he didn’t have enough left? Are you kidding me?"

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Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2010 8:55 am

Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

Waaaaaaaaa, sniffle snoffle, waaaaaaaaa. Come on guys! Sharpe, stop trying to be relevant again. Brandon, ONE WAY TO SHUT PEOPLE UP, GO OFF THIS WEEK!

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2010 6:18 am

Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

Apparantly, you didn't catch my sarcasm.  Marshal IS an elite reciever.  He was just wrong to say Sterling wasn't one because they put up numbers at roughly the same pace.  I don't think you can discard Marshall's rookie year just because he started one game.  He was active for 15 games and had 20 catches an 2 TDs.  But if you took only his last 3 seasons and extended it over 8 seasons, he'd have 816 rec for 9888 yds and 56 TDs.  That is more catches and yards than Sterling, but less TDs.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:58 am

Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

Smartest comment I've seen so far. The contact rules are totally different. So comparing the two players with any certainty is really impossible.

With that said, I've seen both players and both are game changers.

I saw the Playbook footage, and I have to agree with the assessment Stirling made. Brandon should be used to the humidity as he has been down here all training camp. He is a big man, no question that bigger men tire faster. Seems to me this is on the training staff.

Regardless, I would believe Brandon will have something to prove if he is placed in the same situation anytime soon.

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:27 am

Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

I really doubt that many people here advocating Marshall over Stering ever watched Sterling play. Please recall that when Sharpe was posting monster numbers he had a ridiculously inexperienced quarterback throwing to him. Marshall is good, sure. But the offenses and times are different - you can't compare stats from 20 years ago in the passing game for the most part.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2010 1:41 am

Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

He's played 4 years, has 327 rec. for 4019 yds and 25 TDs



 He actually only started in 3 seasons and the first of the 4 you add in he started 1 game and had 20 rec and 2 td's. His last 3 years he had 307 receptions and 23 TD's so if he continues that pace he will blow Sharpe away in receptions and yards and will have more TD's after 8 full seasons. on pace for 118 receptions this seasonwhich would put him at 425 in his last 4 seasons that he started in all but 1 game. That is only 170 less receptions than Sharpe had in 8 years. Sharpe was a great player but Brandon Marshall is better and is one of the best WR's in the NFL right now.

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2010 10:34 pm

Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

Not elite? Riiiiight. Despite the fact that he has caught 102, 104, and 101 balls in each of the last three years. Has been to the Pro Bowl a few times and oh yeah, he owns the single game reception record. Something can be said for staying healthy if you want to talk about injuries.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2010 9:14 pm

Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

Well, I guess Marshall isn't an elite reciever either.  He's played 4 years, has 327 rec. for 4019 yds and 25 TDs.  Sterling Sharpe played for 8 years, had 595 rec. for 8134 yds and 65 TDs.  Basically, if Brandon Marshall put up numbers the way he has for the next four years, he'd be as good as Sterling Sharpe was when he got hurt.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2010 7:17 pm

Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

Brandon Marshall is quite a football player, but he is a stupid, stupid man. 

Sterling Sharpe was absolutely an elite player when he played, and was smart enough to defend himself with logic and not 1st grade recess banter. "I know you are, but what am I" approaches that he constantly take are ridiculous. Just like when asked what he would do if the NFL locked out its players, I'll go to the NBA...stupid. I watched the game and completely agree with Sharpe; Marshall looked winded. Not to say that he wasn't giving 100% out there, he just looked tired in general. There is nothing wrong with commenting on the fact that it might take him a little longer to adjust to playing in Florida as opposed to Denver. The climates are completely different.

Oh, and Marshall, if you want to make the Hall of Fame then maybe you should strive to reach a 12th grade education level so that in your old age when you lose some speed you can hone your route running. As it stands, you rely to much on athleticism to cover your mistakes, and that won't cut it once you lose a step in a few years. Just a thought... 

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2010 7:02 pm

Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

To h**l with Sterling. Whenever they show old highlights of Green Bay Packer films, you never see Sterling. For him to even criticize Shannon is a joke. They're not even in the same league. As far as the HOF, that remains to be seen. But Marshall looks like the better candidate. Breakdown the fact that Henne should've audibled to a slant instead of throwing that weak fade route toss.

Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2010 6:52 pm

Marshall snaps back to Sterling Sharpe criticism

Why not speak your mind if someone is critisizing the way you play. I would defend myself if I were in his shoes. If you actually watched the game you would see him giving more than 100% So they rolled some coverage on him the last 4 downs (after the fade) bad throw by henne on that throw. I'll take his production any day of the week. Screw the press they only feed the fire!!! FEED THE WOLVES!

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