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Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:00 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 10:24 pm
 

How will Philbin, Dolphins deal with Marshall?

Some Fins players reportedly thought Sparano and his staff coddled Marshall. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Brandon Marshall's physical skills are undeniable. But the off-field distractions and occasional on-field lapses make him more mercurial diva than dominating downfield threat. His wife was accused of stabbing him last April, and in December, Marshall was temporarily detained for refusing to pay a cab fare. Then there are the issues with teammates and the random observations about his pregame preparations. (Then, when the games don't matter, Marshall goes off. Of course he does.)

So, yes, Marshall is viewed as something of an enigma. But according to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the previous coaching staff led by Tony Sparano also served as Marshall's enablers.

"There’s curiosity internally in seeing how the new staff deals with Marshall. Some players thought the former staff looked the other way when he did foolish things (like spiking a ball off Vontae Davis’ face)," Jackson wrote Sunday.

Will new head coach Joe Philbin's staff demand more from Marshall? No idea, but here's how these things work on every team: the best players, or those physically gifted with gobs of potential, are given more leeway than the eighth guy on the practice squad. Media and fans are occasionally indignant when some players are given second, third and fourth chances for breaking the law or violating team rules while other players are promptly cut.

Marshall, in the right offense, can be dangerous. From 2007-2009, he caught at least 307 passes for 3,710 yards and 23 touchdowns. And despite "all the other stuff" since he arrived in Miami in 2010, he's averaged 84 receptions, 1,114 yards and 4.5 touchdowns. And that's with Chad Henne and Matt Moore throwing him the ball.

During the Pro Bowl three weeks ago, Marshall noted Moore's accomplishments under tough circumstances last season. But he also understood that Moore ain't a franchise quarterback.

"Obviously, Matt [Moore] had a great year," Marshall said. "You don't want to take anything away from Matt, but I think we really bring in somebody who can compete and make the team better."

Which is why Marshall has reached out to Matt Flynn, the Packers quarterback who will draw plenty of interest should he become a free agent.

"Hey man, listen, I'm out here at the Pro Bowl, and I'm not getting no balls thrown to me!" Marshall joked to NFL.com's Jeff Darlington. "I need a quarterback. You've got Big Ben throwing to [Mike] Wallace, you've got Philip throwing to [Antonio] Gates and Vincent [Jackson], you've got Andy throwing to A.J. [Green]. I'm the only guy out here, man!"

Then there's this: new Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman doesn't think the team is that far away.

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:01 pm
 

Sherman doesn't think Fins are 'that far away'

ShermanBy Josh Katzowitz

For a guy who lost out on the Buccaneers head coaching job to Greg Schiano and instead had to take a job as the Dolphins offensive coordinator, it’s nice to see Mike Sherman maintaining his sense of humor.

I mean, the idea that Sherman said he doesn’t think the Dolphins are far away from a Super Bowl is absolutely hysterical. Good one, Mike, you slay me every time!

Oh … he wasn’t kidding? OK, then.

"I've watched the tape, I don't think we're that far away," Sherman told reporters today, via the Miami Herald. "We're missing a couple of pieces here and there and we have a chance to build upon what Jeff Ireland has put together here. After watching the tape, I feel like we get a couple of pieces here and there and we'll be close."

So, um, what?

"We'll have some very explosive potential with the talent we have on offense," he said. "We have to fill some holes but overall we have some explosive players and that's exciting. If you have explosive players, you should have explosive plays."

Right, right.

OK, I’m obviously being snarky with his comments, because last year, Miami was nowhere near qualifying for the postseason (or a winning record, for that matter). To think the Dolphins can completely turn around their organization in a year with a first-time head coach in Joe Philbin and a starting quarterback in Matt Moore and/or Chad Henne who is not exactly elite and a defense that was almost exactly average last year seems a bit … oh … optimistic.

But it’s not like the Dolphins have to climb out of hole the Rams or the Buccaneers find themselves in. There were times last year, especially when Tony Sparano’s job was on the line, that the team actually played well. And Sherman is right that there is talent.

The emergence of Reggie Bush was one of the more underplayed stories in the AFC East this year, and Brandon Marshall is a top-flight receiver. Assuming the Dolphins go after a free agent quarterback in the offseason (perhaps a guy like Peyton Manning?), Sherman might have a decent point.

The Dolphins aren’t Super Bowl bound anytime soon, but perhaps they can put together enough to compete for a division title.

"I never think much more than this year so next year or the following year, we're going to be as good as we can be this year," Sherman said. "We'll see what happens and see how it goes. I don't think anyone would have picked the Giants necessarily to win the Super Bowl this year."

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Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:48 am
 

Handicapping where Peyton Manning plays in 2012

Anyone else see what stadium they're in? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

This is the season of Peyton Manning rumors. We hear he has "a noodle arm." We hear he cannot "throw the ball to the left." We think there's no way he could play for the Colts again after all the drama leading up to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. But what do we know?

Nothing, at least when it comes to Manning's future. In the interest of trying to figure out what uniform -- if any -- Peyton will play, let's handicap the race for one of the all-time greats in 2012.

Anything and everything is in play, except for teams that already have what we'll loosely term a "franchise quarterback." The Patriots, Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, Texans, Chargers, Giants, Cowboys, Packers, Lions, Bears, Saints, Falcons, Panthers and Rams all have their guy.

The Jaguars, Raiders, Vikings, Buccaneers and Broncos have very recent first-round investments in quarterbacks and aren't likely to pursue Manning. The Bills have a lot invested in Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Peyton Manning isn't going to play in Buffalo. It's like Cleveland. Ain't happening.

That leaves the 49ers, Titans, Chiefs, Jets, Seahawks, Colts, Redskins, Cardinals and Dolphins as possible landing spots. We'll break down the scenarios in our order of likelihood and provide actual available odds from Bovada.lv and/or the Vegas percentages from RJ Bell of Pregame.com.

Longshots

49ers: The Niners could perceive Manning as the guy to put them over the top. But Jim Harbaugh says he's got "their guy" in incumbent-but-still-free-agent quarterback Alex Smith. Maybe he means it. Or maybe he's just doing good public relations. It would be a fascinating fit for a number of reasons (Andrew Luck's old coach anyone?) though.
Vegas Odds: 2%


Chiefs: Matt Cassel isn't the long-term answer for anyone, but he did make a Pro Bowl (thanks, schedule-makers!) and he is Scott Pioli's guy. Plus, Romeo Crennel -- a defensive coordinator -- is from the previous regime as well. Oh, and this is Patriots Midwest. Makes no sense.
Vegas Odds: 1.5%


Titans: This would make sense ... except the Titans have already invested in a veteran (Matt Hasselbeck, three-year deal) and a rookie (Jake Locker, first round in 2011). Plus, they came out and said they're not chasing him.
Vegas Odds: 1.5%

Jets

Vegas Odds: 11%
Actual Line: 5/1
Everyone will tell you the Jets are the perfect fit, as they're "just one piece away." This couldn't be further from the truth: the Jets are "several pieces away" at least. Some of those pieces are on defense and some of those piece are on offense. Quarterback is one of the pieces they need, but plugging Peyton onto Rex Ryan's roster wouldn't even make them the favorite to win the AFC East, unless he was 100 percent healthy.

There are also people that will tell Eli vs. Peyton in New York is the ultimate storyline. While that's true, that doesn't mean it's something either of those guys want to deal with for the length of their current contracts. You saw what happened at the Super Bowl, right? Every question pointed to Eli was about Peyton's neck and his recovery ... even though Eli was playing for a Super Bowl. It would be magnified in the Big Apple.

And don't think Manning doesn't see a parallel to Brett Favre with the Jets option either. Look at the way he's handled his business thus far; looking like Favre is the last thing he wants.

Seahawks

Vegas Odds: N/A
Actual Line: N/A
Everyone's sleeping on Pete Carroll! That terrifies me to no end. Look, there are plenty of reasons why this doesn't make sense. There's no guaranteed running game (Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett are both free agents), the offensive line's young and injury-prone thus far and Sidney Rice is the best receiving option.

But the defense is good in Seattle, the coach is enthusiastic, and as we note with the Cardinals below, the NFC West is a much better path to the Super Bowl than a lot of other spots. There are also plenty of offensive skill-position guys available in free agency, so it's possible the Seahawks could convince Peyton to take snaps in Seattle and then let him play pied piper for other talented players.

Retirement

Vegas Odds: 20%
Actual Line: N/A
We have to talk about it, you know? Bovada's not offering a betting line on this, but this is the most-likely scenario according to RJ Bell, as Vegas' odds give it a 20 percent chance.

I don't buy it ... but only for this year. Even if -- hypothetically speaking -- there are still reports about Manning only being able to sling his noodle to the right side of the field when March 13 comes around and -- somehow -- no one signs him, he'll keep rehabbing the entire season, getting healthy and will get a call from someone with an injured quarterback midway through the year. Last year there was a waiver scramble for Kyle Orton and the Bears actually considering calling Favre.

Manning would get a job, worst case, by November. Which is precisely why someone like the Redskins would go ahead sign him anyway, regardless of how healthy he is.

Colts

Vegas Odds: 14%
Actual Line: 3/1
Here's a theory I meant to throw out there during Super Bowl week: Jim Irsay and Peyton are punking everyone. They're having fun with everyone by acting like they hate each other, even though they have a master plan in place. Irsay will not pick up Manning's option on March 8, allowing him to become a free agent. But then Manning will re-sign with the Colts as a free agent, allowing them to limit the cap damage his contract does. He would still have $10.4 million in dead cap space if they don't pick up the option, which still gives them something like $18 million to work with.

The Colts can make his new contract cap-friendly and incentive-laden, and let Peyton finish his career as a Colt. They can also draft Andrew Luck or, if Luck decides to make a stink about playing behind Peyton, trade the pick or draft Robert Griffin, III.

There are reasons why this makes no sense: the actual disdain between Irsay and Peyton, the distraction that Peyton's situation was to Eli in the Super Bowl, Peyton's unwillingness to take less money to play for the same team and the Colts need to rebuild all the way, to name a few. But we're still throwing it out there.

Cardinals

Vegas Odds: 3%
Actual Line: 2.5/1

Vegas doesn't like this option, but it makes a lot of sense to me. They need to do work on the offensive line, but those problems can be addressed through free agency and the draft. Arizona has Larry Fitzgerald, a top-five wideout in the NFL, who somehow managed to catch 170 passes for 2,548 yards with John Skelton, Max Hall and Kevin Kolb under center the last two years. They have Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams in the backfield and a defense that came on strong at the end of 2011.

The Cardinals also play in a division that's conquerable right away; the NFC West might pose the path of least resistance when it comes to obtaining a Super Bowl. Arizona's lacked a franchise quarterback since Kurt Warner retired two years ago, and don't think Fitzgerald wouldn't welcome this move with open arms.

The Kurt Warner parallel here is perfect for Manning, even if Warner's path to Arizona was much different than Manning's would be.

Shanahan and Peyton together: What could go wrong? (Getty Images)

Redskins

Vegas Odds: 17%
Actual Line: 2.5/1
No surprise here, but Vegas likes the Redskins a lot. After all, it's the Redskins. They throw big money at the biggest names, and no name in the history of free agency would be bigger than Peyton Manning. (I agree with Mike Freeman that Reggie White was a bigger free agent, but only because he wasn't an unknown. But Peyton's a bigger "name.")

The Redskins also think they're one piece away from making a run in the NFC East, even though they lack a lot more than just a quarterback. Who's Peyton throwing to? Who's running the ball behind Peyton? Who's protecting Peyton? WHY IS KYLE SHANAHAN ROLLING HIM OUT TO THE RIGHT?

But seriously: Mike and Kyle Shanahan have an offensive system that is absolutely tailored to a guy like RG3. They should make their all-in move on draft day, hop the Browns and grab the Baylor quarterback. He would be an instant superstar in Shanny's system and, in my opinion, more effective than Peyton for Washington in 2012. Of course, having said all that, this is Dan Snyder's team. Don't count them out to grab Peyton.

Dolphins

Vegas Odds: 20%
Actual Line: 3/1
The Dolphins are everyone's favorite, and it makes good sense. They have a blossoming running game and with Manning under center, Reggie Bush would only be more effective. They have talented wide receivers, with Brandon Marshall holding No. 1 potential. (Davonne Bess ain't no slouch, and Bush is a fantastic receiving option as well.)

They have a franchise left tackle in Jake Long. They have a talented defense, with only a limited number of free agents that need re-signing. They have an owner who wants to sexy-up the offense and bring in celebrities to the stadium. No one is, um, sexier than Peyton Manning. (And Stephen Ross is "infatuated" with him, reportedly. Me-ow.)

Manning owns a condo in South Beach. He'd get to play his top rival, Tom Brady, twice a year. He'd also get a ridiculously easy schedule in 2012, as outside the AFC East the Dolphins play the Jaguars, Titans, Rams, Seahawks, Raiders, Texans, 49ers, Cardinals and Bengals.

Oh right, one more team: the Colts. In Indy. It's all a little too perfect.

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:10 am
 

Matt Flynn to Miami still would be a risk

Flynn

By Josh Katzowitz

People can’t seem to help but get excited about Packers and soon-to-be free agent quarterback Matt Flynn. Although he’s only started two career games in four seasons, all spent backing up Aaron Rodgers, his time on the field has been productive. Hell, it’s been record-setting, like when he set franchise marks with 480 passing yards and six touchdowns in Green Bay’s Week 17 win vs. the Lions.

Since that performance, the Redskins and Dolphins reportedly have had interest in obtaining his services, and though Miami could very well go after Peyton Manning if the Colts cut him loose, receiver Brandon Marshall reached out to Flynn about making the move to south Florida.

"Obviously, Matt [Moore] had a great year," Marshall said at the Pro Bowl. "You don't want to take anything away from Matt, but I think we really [should] bring in somebody who can compete and make the team better."

That person, in Marshall’s mind, could be Flynn, but there are two things to remember before Miami fans welcome Flynn with a ticker-tape parade in South Beach.

In like Matt Flynn
1) Flynn has taken significant snaps only twice in the past two years. Sure, he performed well in both cases -- he nearly beat the Patriots in 2010 -- but it’s still only two games. That isn’t much of a sample size.

2) Current Dolphins starter Matt Moore had a solid year, taking over for Chad Henne as Miami’s quarterback. Yes, Flynn probably has a more exciting name, though certainly not a better resume, and he has more upside than Moore. But Moore has proven he’s a solid quarterback in the league. We can’t say that yet about Flynn.

But here’s why the Flynn-to-Miami rumblings make sense. New coach Joe Philbin is coming off a strong reign as the Packers offensive coordinator, and though most of us don’t know how Flynn performs on a daily basis at practice, you can be sure Philbin knows exactly what Flynn can do. And if Philbin wants Flynn, how could anybody argue that?

“With Matt Flynn, know what he can’t do, and make sure you build the offense around things he can do,” Lombardi told Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. “Obviously, Joe Philbin knows him.”

Still, that doesn’t mean Flynn isn’t a risk. After all, remember the $63 million contract the Cardinals bestowed on Kevin Kolb last offseason, even though Kolb only had a limited resume? How well did that work out for Arizona?

“I don’t think it’s risky to go get him. I think it’s risky to give him $60 million, or give him $20 million over two years like Kevin Kolb,” Lombardi told the Post. “I think there’s a lot of chance for failure there.”

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:41 am
 

Marshall likes Pro Bowl QBs, talked to Matt Flynn

Marshall would trade all the trophies in the world for a quarterback in Miami. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Brandon Marshall had a monster game at the Pro Bowl, catching six passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns in an MVP performance Sunday night. Considering he had just six touchdowns all of last year, Dolphins fans probably want to know what the difference was.

Well, no defense for one thing. And there's another difference: the guys who were getting Marshall the ball.

"Down in Miami getting a feel for different quarterbacks with having three or four throughout my two years there, the quarterbacks make it easy for me," Marshall said.

Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Andy Dalton had six touchdowns between them, and just 15 incompletions combined. They lit up the scoreboard, as well as the NFC defense en route to 59 points.

They are very good quarterbacks. But Marshall's pretty clearly making a point here: he wants to play with a better quarterback than the group that's on the current Dolphins roster.

Lest you think we're reaching for this based on his comments, we're not. Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reported over the weekend that Marshall reached out to Packers quarterback (and soon-to-be free agent) Matt Flynn and the possibility of him coming to South Beach.

"Hey man, listen, I'm out here at the Pro Bowl, and I'm not getting no balls thrown to me!" Marshall joked to Darlington. "I need a quarterback. You've got Big Ben throwing to [Mike] Wallace, you've got Philip throwing to [Antonio] Gates and Vincent [Jackson], you've got Andy throwing to A.J. [Green]. I'm the only guy out here, man!"

What, you might ask, should happen with Dolphins incumbent quarterback Matt Moore? Well, he's signed for 2012, but Marshall doesn't really seem to care all that much.

"Obviously, Matt [Moore] had a great year," Marshall said. "You don't want to take anything away from Matt, but I think we really bring in somebody who can compete and make the team better."

Moore's not the franchise quarterback the Dolphins and Marshall want. That's OK -- he wasn't supposed to be when they signed him to compete with Chad Henne last year.

But he's also not a punching bag. And it's not really his fault Marshall signed a $50 million extension to stay in Miami even without

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Brandon Marshall speaks after cabbie controversy

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You should know by now that Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall was arrested recently after apparently refusing to pay a $142 cab fare.

As my colleague Ryan Wilson penned earlier today, “Apparently, Marshall asked to be taken home before falling asleep in the back of the cab. When the cabbie woke him up, they were at the airport. Marshall does not live at the airport. He got into another cab without paying the fare in the first one. When authorities arrived, Marshall blamed the first cab driver's thick accent on the misunderstanding.”

But it ended well. Marshall paid his tab, the two combatants went their separate ways and Marshall got to talk about it today with reporters. Which you can see in the video below.

With all of Marshall’s problems the past year or so (his wife apparently stabbing him, his revelation that he’s been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, etc.), it’s nice to see him retain his sense of humor today.

He opens the interview by telling reporters that they should check out the next episode of “Taxicub Confessions” because, in his words, “it’s hilarious.”

More Marshall via the Miami Herald: “I think the (cab driver) was a nice guy. I don’t think he was trying to take advantage of me. We ended up at two different airports. At the end of the day, he didn’t understand me and I didn’t understand him. We resolved it the best we could have.”

Marshall was in South Beach when he tried to take a cab to Southwest Ranches. Somehow, though, he said he ended up at Miami’s airport and then at the Fort Lauderdale airport. It’d be a funny story if the police hadn’t been involved.



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Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:12 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 9:16 am
 

Brandon Marshall detained for not paying cab fare

Marshall just wanted to go home. He ended up at tha airport. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Brandon Marshall has made more news off the field in recent months than anything he's accomplished during the Dolphins' 3-8 season. The latest: on November 14, hours after the Dolphins defeated the Redskins, Marshall found himself handcuffed in the back of a patrol car after a cab driver accused the wide receiver of refusing to pay his $142 cab fare.

Apparently, Marshall asked to be taken home before falling asleep in the back of the cab. When the cabbie woke him up, they were at the airport. Marshall does not live at the airport. He got into another cab without paying the fare in the first one. When authorities arrived, Marshall blamed the first cab driver's thick accent on the misunderstanding.

There was a happy ending, however: no one was arrested, Marshall paid his fare, and everybody shook hands. (You can watch the CBSMiami.com news report here.) 

One of the most physically imposing wide receivers in the NFL, Marshall has 59 receptions for 850 yards and three touchdowns this season. In the right system, he's a game-changer, and those game-changing skills make it easier to overlook the off-field silliness. In the scheme of things, Marshall's wild (cab) ride sounds like an innocuous mistake. But trouble does seem to find the man.

In April, Marshall ended up in the hospital after his wife was accused of stabbing him. Several months later, he revealed that he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Back in 2008, when he was still with the Broncos, Marshall said he slipped while wrestling and fell through a television set at his home, cutting his right forearm. He later admitted that his right hand was numb during the 2008 season.

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Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:47 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Vontae Davis to be on active roster this week

A week after leaving Davis in Miami for 'non-injury reasons,' he will dress this week against the Redskins(US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Maybe the Dolphins should leave Vontae Davis home every week. It was a weird few days in South Beach that began with a report that Davis and teammate Brandon Marshall had an altercation at practice and that Davis subsequently wanted to rip Marshall's head off. Then the team decided not to bring Davis to Kansas City for non-injury reasons.

On Friday, a source told NFL.com's Jeff Darlington that Davis "knows exactly" why he didn't make the trip, though the team wouldn't offer up a reason.

By Sunday, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero elaborated: "The reason most responsible and most alarming about Davis missing Sunday's game against the Chiefs is that the Dolphins believe Davis was drunk the night before the Saturday practice to which he was (had the altercation with Marshall). And when he showed up at the Miami facility, a source said Davis had the smell of alcohol and was suffering from an apparent hangover."

Hey, it happens. We'd be hypocrites if we got all sanctimonious about Davis' behavior. When we were in our early 20s, we showed up to work hungover more times than we care to remember. Of course, it's much easier to nurse a hangover while pushing some papers around a desk than running full speed into a bunch of fat guys in hot, humid conditions, but you take our point: men and women just out of college are inherently impetuous. Give them a lot of money and surround them with beautiful people and it gets worse.


Matt Moore threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns, Reggie Bush had 92 yards rushing and another score and Miami walloped Kansas City 31-3 for its first win of the season. Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots recap all the action from Kansas City.

We're not condoning what Davis did, just being honest.

Apparently, everyone's learned a valuable lesson from the impromptu Afterschool Special; Tony Sparano said Monday that Davis will play against the Redskins in Week 10. But if the Dolphins lose to Washington (an outfit quickly making a case for worst team in the NFC), we'd recommend benching Davis for the rest of the season. Because at this point, superstitions are the only thing that might save Sparano's job.

In related news, Suck for Luck is alive and well among Dolphins fans.

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