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It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

Posted on: April 14, 2010 11:38 am

In Brandon Marshall the Miami Dolphins landed the franchise receiver they didn't have, but at what cost? I'm not talking about the draft picks the Dolphins sacrificed. I'm talking about the locker room.

I'm a big believer in not taking on problems, and Marshall has a raft of them. Yeah, he can catch a lot of footballs, but so what? So canTerrell Owens, and four teams couldn't wait to get rid of him. People tell me Bill Parcells wouldn't assume a character risk if he couldn't control him, but he was in Dallas with Owens. OK, so it was Jerry Jones who brought him in; Parcells had to coach the guy, and Owens is not nearly the risk that Marshall is.

Owens is a potentially disruptive threat to a locker room; Marshall's problems extend beyond the playing field, which brings me to another issue: If he caused trouble in Denver imagine what happens when he hits Miami. Talk about distractions. I don't know, this just sounds like trouble waiting to happen.

There are plenty of teams out there that could use a wide receiver with Brandon Marshall's ability, but there are plenty of teams that passed on the guy. And that should tell you something. Character risks can sabotage franchises, and look no farther than Dallas. The Cowboys took on Owens, Pacman Jones and Tank Johnson and didn't win a playoff game until all three were gone.

When they signed Jones they convinced themselves they could keep him on the straight and narrow -- and, of course, they were wrong. That wasn't an indictment of Pacman as much as it was the Cowboys and their hubris. When you put a Pacman Jones on your roster you take on his problems and assume a risk. There is no use pretending you're going to turn the guy inside out because you're not. Same thing here. Guys who can't shake trouble generally don't change with a change of scenery ... especially when that scenery is south Florida.

So Miami just rolled the dice, and if it works out, great, the Dolphins look like geniuses. They found a receiver who can catch 100 passes a season. But if it doesn't? Don't say you weren't warned. Brandon Marshall's track record on and off the field is established, and the Miami Dolphins just told you they can live with it. Great. Here's hoping they're right. They're trying to catch the Patriots and the New York Jets in the AFC East and must have figured they had to make a move to narrow the gap.

I just don't know that this is the one that does it.

Category: NFL

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2010 12:33 pm

It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

I beg to differ.  You don't think Marshall, kicking the ball away from the ball boy during a drill doesn't cause an issue in the locker room?  What about a guy who refuses to catch the ball during practice?  What about when a player exaggerates an injury and refuses to practice before a game that can send your team to the playoffs?  Oh, wait...what about starting a fight in a bar that ends in one of your teammates getting murdered?  Yeah your right, he's not a locker room problem.

All of that before we've even touched his off field issues.

Brandon Marshall 2010 Statistics: Just a rough idea...

A child playing in a grown man's game. More than 50% of the players in the NFL have a record or issue. Disciplinary or Federal Law issue that we probably do not know about. The question comes down to this. Can he produce or do u want him to fit in with everyone else.

While people want to assess the character of this kid, Assess the talent of his character. He has a chance to be better and is being given that chance. Denver can not do it, and they are done with him. Cool. Hope they find what they are looking for.

I go back again. Sometimes there is NO PLACE LIKE HOME.

You dont think hell be any better. I think he knows there wont be a bigger spotlight than playing for legendary traditional team closest to home. You dont want to give people the interpretation that the perception of who u are is true... I think he knows the spotlight is on him to produce the way he did in Denver and to not be in any other spotlight other than the won that puts division/conference titles on that Dolphin wall.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2010 12:21 pm

It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

It's a run oriented team only because THEY HAD NO WIDE-OUTS.

Seriously.. come up with a better out line.. DUH???

Oh by the way. The last time I checked in the game of football. For wide receiver to catch a ball, it had to be thrown to him.. Name me the last good Quarterback that Miami had prior to Chad Pennington and Chad Henne..

Take your time on this one.. Im still stuck on DUH???




Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:13 am

It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

The Pats are a crumbling franchise, and everyone knows, and sees it.  Even you.  Mark my word the Patriots will not win the division this year.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2010 9:33 am

It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

Dream on, the pats will remain the powerhouse that they have been. The Jets and the Dolphins grab some prima donnas and now all of a sudden they are better than the Pats? Stop drinking the coolaid

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2010 7:13 am

It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

great post, I thought the exact same thing.....

"There are plenty of teams out there that could use a wide receiver with Brandon Marshall's ability, but there are plenty of teams that passed on the guy."

the only teams I was aware of was Tampa Bay and Seattle. and for pete's sake he's from Central FLA.  it was either gonna be TB or MIA and with what TB has got at QB and other Off weapons, MIA was the correct choice.

Clark WOULD be calling NE a genius if they had pulled the trade, but since MIA has been lackluster, he makes the trade seem like a big risk.

Clark, if you have followed MIA football you would know their needs and their lack of WR production.  obviously your head has been too far up Bellichick butt and his other cronies to see MIA made a play for a big-time WR with huge upside.

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2010 2:43 am

It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

I agree.  Lions and Tigers would be fun to watch doing that.  Very enjoyable.  Well put.

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2010 2:39 am

It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

Oh, and Tank Johnson got caught with Automatic Assault weapons.  How can that even be compared to Brandon Marshall?  When I think of guns, and then I think of NFL players, I instantly think of Plaxico Burress, Tank Johnson, and Pacman Jones.  WHO THINKS OF BRANDSON MARSHALL????  Yeah......that's a great comparison that Tank Johson one.  Good job.

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2010 2:32 am

It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

This is one of the most blown out of proportion threads I have ever read!!!!  A lot of comparisons to players like Owen and Pacman????  Really?  Mr. Clark-Judge must be a Patriots fan, or a Jets fan.  I'm sure if he read this he would probably say, "well he must be a Dolphin fan." That's right I am a Dolphin fan.  A huge one actually.  I have also been watching football my entire life, and understand everything about the game as a whole, and these comparisons are a little out of whack.  Brandon Marshall's domestic dispute with his girlfriend is definitely unexceptable in every fashion of the sense.  You don't put your hands on a woman, but I would put that as the one major concern with Marshall's NFL career.  Marshall's reputation with his team has always been outstanding.  He has never divided a locker room like T.O., nor has he been the type of insane distraction Pacman was where ever he went.  He is revered by players, and by coaches, until the McDaniels regime that also sent a very unhappy Cutler to the Bears.  Why????  BECAUSE HE WASN'T HAPPY WITH MCDANIELS.  I'm sure a lot of Broncos fans, and experts would agree that the relationship with McDaniels was hardened long before the season started.  Marshall put up a huge season despite suspension, and the injury that led to another frustration with the team medical staff when Marshall couldn't practice.  The question of whether or not Marshall is just going to freak out in South Florida's lifestyle is a funny question to me.  Marshall went to school at UCF right?  Pretty sure he has made it to South Florida a few times from Orlando.  Everyone understands his situation with this organization.  I"m positive Marshall understands the situation.  Hell people in South Florida wouldn't let him get in trouble.  He's too important to this team.  The community would protect him even from himself he is so important, and expensive.  The Dolphin staff is hardnosed, and no nonsense.  Marshall needs that structure.  He is still a young man.  I agree that there is things to be skeptical about, and be very aware of, but comparison to players like Owen and Pacman?  Come on now.  That is a little too one sided for me.  Parcells, Ireland, and Sparano are smart football men, and Miami needs this player more then ever. 

And for the record we did sweep the Jets last season, and they got a Christmas gift from the Colts to even make it to the playoffs, and we beat the Patriots once.  I'm pretty sure we can compete with them in the division, and will be even more dangerous with Marshall making his booming career boom even louder in Miami!

GO FINS!!!!!

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2010 2:07 am

It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

Brandon Marshall is so overrated it's not even funny!

Chad henne is garbage

6-10 for the Dolphins

Ha thats hilarious from a bills fan nonetheless, hey enjoy trent edwards. And for all the talk about him getting williams killed, yah im sure that was his goal, the reason williams is dead is because of worthless gangbangers, who having no respect for life of any kind. They think a gun makes them a man...actuaclly quite pathetic, alot and i mean alot of innocent people are killed by them for no other reason than stupidity. They should be fed to live lions and tigers, that would be enjoyable to watch.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2010 1:21 am

It's risk vs. reward for Dolphins

Brandon Marshall made Kyle Orton look good last year, Of Kyle Orton's best games (during the 6-0 run), Brandon Marshall was a key to only one (game 5, 8 receptions, 2 TDs). It was only after the defense fell apart and the Broncos began losing that Marshall had montster games. In the first six games (which includes Marshall's stellar fifth game), Marshall caught 29 passes - of the 124 completions Orton threw. Looks like Kyle Orton was the one who made Kyle Orton look good.

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