They call him The Beast, and that’s pretty much describes the 6’4, 230 lbs receiver for the Miami Dolphins, Brandon Marshall.
Last week The Beast had a monster game against the Jets, but not everyone was impressed with Marshall’s performance, and by not everyone I mean, just three guys from the NFL network. Marshall had 10 catches and 166 yards on Jets corner Antonio Cromartie, who has the most children and is also one of the best corners in the NFL, both of which are amazing feats. For some reason the NFL network felt Marshall was “loafing” in the fourth quater of the game against the Jets. I repeat, he had 10 catches for 166 yards! Enough said.
This week the Dolphins take on the Patriots, and the Dolphins probably won’t mind if he has another “loafing” performance.
The bottom line is the The Beast is a matchup nightmare for the Patriots, the Patriots have already had shaky corner play and they gave up 30 points to the lowly and rebuilding Bills last week. The Dolphins aren’t the Bills, their defense is much better and they’re a more organized and potent offensive team than the Bills. And right now, it looks like Chad Henne and Brandon Marshall have some chemistry going. Even though Miami’s bread and butter is the running game, the Pats have to be asking themselves who’s going to stop Brandon Marshall. Darius Butler? Who? Devin McCourty? He’s done a relatively solid job this year, but let’s be real, if Antonio Cromartie got lit up for 166 yards, then Marshall might be going for a career day against a rookie in Devin McCourty. And if he does, you know he’ll be letting everyone know about it.
Never one to bite his tongue, Marshall doesn’t take likely to be called out. Here’s what he said in response to being called a loafer after he just balled out.