Tag:Brandon Marshall
Posted on: April 24, 2011 1:47 pm

Dolphins not looking to release Marshall for now

Marshall Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier today we told you about the latest soap opera installment in the career of Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib, who apparently will be released by Tampa Bay when the NFL reopens for business.

While Talib (charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon) and Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall – who allegedly was stabbed by his wife late Friday night – both could be labeled as “troubled players,” Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald doesn’t believe Marshall will suffer the same fate as Talib.

That means, though Marshall hasn’t always been a model teammate or representative of the NFL – he’s had quite a few domestic disturbance issues during his last stop in Denver – the Dolphins aren’t looking to get rid of him at this point.

Writes Salguero in rather frank terms:

“And this is supposed to surprise me how?” a Dolphins player texted Saturday morning when told of what happened to the Miami wide receiver.

Understand that Marshall is the alleged victim here. He did not stab anyone. He was stabbed. So the Dolphins – unable to contact him directly because of the NFL lockout –  let their player know they fully support him and want the best for him by sending him well wishes.

But despite the strong support, the Dolphins are wary of Marshall’s issues and worried about his future.

They don’t know all the facts of Friday’s domestic-violence incident. They don’t know how the whole episode began. And they do know Marshall’s history.

And that’s where the concern is born.

Adding to the Dolphins’ concern is that Marshall will be in the second year of a five-year deal worth $47.3 million ($12.5 million of that was guaranteed, and the Dolphins also gave up two second-round picks to acquire him). And though he’s been clean for the last year in Miami and though he might not be at fault for this latest incident (his wife, however, told police she stabbed him in self-defense), it’s clear that Marshall still has plenty of issues in his life.

For now, though, the Dolphins will plan on keeping Marshall around. But that’s also not completely guaranteed if the club, as it continues to collect the facts about what happened this weekend, feels like it has a solid reason not to do so.

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Posted on: April 23, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: April 23, 2011 12:02 pm

A closer look at Marshall and his wife

Posted by Andy Benoit

If he could, Brandon Marshall would probably set his Facebook relationship status to “married” AND “it’s complicated”. The Dolphins wide receiver was hospitalized late Friday night/early Saturday morning after being stabbed by his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall. Michi was in jail Saturday on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Michi Marshall (Essence.com)

This was not the couple’s first domestic dispute. On March 1, 2009, Marshall was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct after allegedly being involved in a fight with Michi, who was his fiancée at the time. (Marshall had multiple domestic disputes while in Denver, but they were with a different woman.)

Marshall and Michi met when Marshall was at Central Florida. They married in 2010. Marshall said in an interview with the Miami Herald last year that Michi, a psychology major, was helping him learn to deal with his quick temper.

"She is turning my life around. I am a very passionate, emotional person, and she is teaching me to channel that,” Marshall said. “My life is so much calmer now.”

Marshall admits that calm, collective thinking is something that doesn’t always come naturally to him.

"From the time I was 6, I was taught to react on the field, not to think, to make decisions in a millisecond, and the problem is, I was doing that in my life, too,” Marshall said. “I was reacting, never taking a moment to step back and think things through. And I had a temper. Someone made me mad, I'd fight back. I wanted to win every argument. Now, I realize it's OK to step away and lose an argument."

It will be interesting to hear what Marshall has to say next time he’s asked about Michi.

(Photo courtesy of Essence.com)

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Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: April 23, 2011 4:20 pm

Brandon Marshall out of hospital after stabbing

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Marshall (US Presswire)
UPDATE 3:30 p.m. EST: Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Marshall is out of the hospital but has defensive wounds on his hands. Those wounds are not believed to be serious, but they could certainly impact Michi Marshall's claim that she stabbed her husband in self defense.


Brandon Marshall is expected to be discharged from a South Florida hospital Saturday after spending several hours in intensive care following a stabbing from his wife during a domestic dispute. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Marshall underwent surgery late Friday night for a stomach wound and is expected to make a full recovery in 2-3 weeks.

Meanwhile, Michi Nagomi-Marshall, who married the Dolphins receiver in 2010, remains in Broward County Jail on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Her bail is set at $7,500.

There is thick cloudiness regarding exactly what happened Friday night. Andrew Carter of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Michi has admitted to stabbing her husband with a kitchen knife, but she says she was acting in self defense.

There are reports that Marshall is claiming he slipped and fell on a vase. (Doctors have determined that Marshall was stabbed.) ESPN reports that Marshall was driven to the hospital in a car after whoever called 911 declined a dispatcher's offer to provide of an ambulance. 
Marshall's agent, Kennard McGuire, issued a statement to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora: "This is a very difficult time for Brandon and family, thankfully he will make a full recovery. We simply ask that his privacy is respected."

Brandon Marshall

As the Denver police came to find out during Marshall’s career as a Bronco, domestic disturbance is not uncommon in the Marshall household. There were countless issues from '06 - '09; in '08 Marshall served a one-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Marshall was involved with a domestic issue with Michi in Atlanta two years ago, but all charges were dropped when the couple refused to testify against one another. It's worth noting that the 27-year-old wideout has not been in trouble since signing a four-year, $47.5 million contract with Miami last season.

Despite the lockout's rules prohibiting contact between players and teams, the Dolphins are allowed to be in touch with Marshall to send well wishes (we learned there can be exceptions to the “no contact” rule a few weeks ago when Bengals’ defensive end Antwan Odom’s house burnt down).

Albert Breer of NFL Network was told by the league that Dolphins team doctors are also allowed to see Marshall and consult with his doctors.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:05 pm

Hot Routes 4.20.11 a time for hypotheticals

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Brandon Marshall thinks Ryan Mallett will be an All-Pro.

Norv Turner believes that being at home in three of the first four games will give the Chargers an opportunity to get off to a fast start (for a change).

Click here to see some sloppy touch screen analysis from Michael Irvin.

Ozzie Newsome says the Sergio Kindle story “is not written yet”. (True, but the first few chapters were sure bad.)

Based on 2010 records, the Carolina Panthers have the toughest 2011 schedule in the NFL. (Reason why: they don’t get to play the Carolina Panthers.)

Bengals season ticket holder Dr. Kim Brady will have the honor of announcing the team’s fourth round draft pick this year. (Expect it to be a player with some sort of criminal record.)

Film studying savant Greg Cosell says Jimmy Smith, not Patrick Peterson, is the best cornerback in this year’s draft.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News is incensed that NFL Films had Thursday Night Football’s Bob Papa audition for the play-by-play job he already has.

Cheerleaders aren’t locked out right now, which is why the Titans are holding a tryout next month.

Matt Hasselbeck talks about his status with the Seahawks (predictably, it hasn’t changed since before the lockout).

Michael Vick is visiting the Virginia Tech campus for the first time since his incarceration. (We’re gradually running out of “first time since prison” stories with this guy.)

Da’Quan Bowers says speculation about his knee is wrong.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 3:20 pm

Offseason Checkup: Miami Dolphins

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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Entering their Monday Night Football matchup against the Patriots in Week 4, the Dolphins had to be feeling confident in their chances of beating New England in Miami. The Dolphins defense had looked good in knocking off the Bills and Vikings (which, at the time, was considered a pretty good win), and then Miami played the Jets to a close loss before the Patriots came to town.

A 41-14 disaster later, Miami fired special teams coach John Bonamego and never got more than a game above .500 for the rest of the season (and, in fact, finished the year at 7-9).

Coach on the hot seat, quarterback

Although Tony Sparano took a 1-15 team and turned it into an 11-5 division title winner a year later (beating out the Patriots for the honor), he’s gone 7-9 in back-to-back seasons. Apparently, owner Stephen Ross listened to Bill Parcells’ recommendation and decided to bring back Sparano for another season (though Ross DID disgustingly go out of his way to woo Jim Harbaugh for the job). But the specter of Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher still are out there and until Sparano is off the hot seat, fans will wonder about their availability.

Sparano would get a great deal of help if QB Chad Henne could put together a consistent season. WR Brandon Marshall blasted his QB at the end of last season and said he actually works better with QB Tyler Thigpen (a major ZING, by the way). It’s too early to give up on Henne, especially now that Chad Pennington will miss all of 2011 because of a torn ACL, but it’s getting to the point where Henne needs to show somebody something.

1. Running back
On paper, the duo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams would seem a surefire way for the Dolphins to rack up rushing yards and plenty of touchdowns. Yet, the Dolphins managed to finish 21st in running last season. There’s a good chance that neither back will return to Miami next year, leaving Patrick Cobbs and Lex Hilliard on the roster at RB. Which means the Dolphins will need some big-time help at that spot and which is why Alabama’s Mark Ingram might be a good draft pick (though the Dolphins might want to trade down instead).

2. Offensive line
You know what doesn’t help your third-string quarterback perform better? A terribly inconsistent offensive line. That’s what Tyler Thigpen faced in Miami’s 16-0 loss to the Bears in Week 11 – a line missing starters Jake Long and Joe Berger who then watched backup Cory Procter get injured on the second offensive series, meaning Richie Incognito had to move from guard to center. Miami could make a play for a solid center in the draft.

3. Keep improving the defense
n 2009, the Dolphins ranked 25th in the league in defense, but last year, they improved that number to No. 13. Most of the starting front seven is solid, but Miami’s DBs had a tough time hanging onto interceptions last season. It also would help if they got more playmakers in the secondary.

After Ross stopped emasculating Sparano for Harbaugh and then gave him a two-year extension, Ross made it clear he wanted a more aggressive, more exciting offense. Sparano, though, said he plans to keep running the ball more often than not. Could we see both? I suppose, though I kind of doubt it.

I also don’t see a playoff run with Miami, considering the Patriots and Jets still will be battling for AFC East supremacy. All of which means the meddling Ross probably will fire Sparano, and then, everybody can just start over again in Miami. Which means we might not see good pro football in Miami for a while.

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Posted on: April 2, 2011 12:53 am

A Brandon Marshall update

Posted by Andy Benoit

Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall is finally honing his craft during an offseason.

“For the past three years I haven’t had a chance to get better in the offseason,” Marshall said Thursday on WQAM-560 AM, via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. “I’ve had two hip surgeries back-to-back, an arm surgery before that, that took away my whole offseason. I’ve just been focusing on getting healthy, and that conditioningB. Marshall (US Presswire), that burst hasn’t been there, and I’ve just been going off my natural ability.”

That isn’t the case this year. The 27-year-old wideout began working out with his personal trainer a month after Miami’s season ended. (If you want to partake in the same workouts Marshall is doing, you can visit his website and download them…for a small fee.)

Marshall makes the athlete’s age-old claim that he’s in the best shape of his career.

“Where I’m at today, it doesn’t even compare to where I was during any time during the season last year or the season before that,” he said. “This two months we’ve been working, I’m back to that guy that was training to the Combine. My body fat is down to like 7 percent – when I was in college I was at 6 percent. My hips are feeling great, knees are feeling great. Just, man, it’s beautiful.”

Marshall also spoke to ScoresReport.com about his relationship with quarterback Chad Henne. The brash receiver grew frustrated with the third-year quarterback at times last season.

“It was a tough transition (from Denver to Miami), but Chad is a guy that is capable of making some things happen and he’s still a young guy,” Marshall said. “I’m sure he’s going to take what happened last year, learn from it and grow. I’m going to do the same and I’m going to try and not only get our offense, but our whole team on the same page and moving in the right direction. I’m excited about the opportunity to work together this offseason and get things corrected.”

Marshall missed two games in ’10 and failed saw his streak of consecutive 100-catch seasons end at three. The Dolphins finished a disappointing 7-9. 

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Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:04 pm

Sims-Walker no bones about wanting to join Fins

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Sims-Walker
When free agency finally does open up, Mike Sims-Walker will be one of the most coveted wide receivers available. The 26-year-old was plagued by injury and inconsistency in his four years as a Jaguar, but he showed in 2009 that, when healthy and in rhythm, he’s one of the more dynamic possession targets in the game (he caught 63 passes for 869 yards that year).

So on which team does Sims-Walker hope to end up? His recent tweet was pretty revealing: “RT @BMarshall19: @MikeSimsWalker where r u taking ur talents?< I'm trying to pull a lebron *hint*”

Sims-Walker and current Dolphins wideout Brandon Marshall are best friends from their days together at Central Florida. The Dolphins could use a little more juice at the wide receiver position, but Sims-Walker probably wouldn’t be the best fit. His style of play is nearly identical to Marshall’s.

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Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:01 pm

Brandon Marshall gives up dream of playing in NBA

Posted by Will Brinson

During the 2010 season, Brandon Marshall repeatedly stated that he'd like to play in the NBA if the NFL locked players out and there was no 2011 season.

Ignoring the problem of the NBA dealing with labor issues, we presented a case -- along with our Eye on Basketball brethren -- why Marshall probably wouldn't be able to cut it in the L. It appears he agrees now, and has given up that [pipe] dream.

According to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, Marshall said the idea to play in the NBA if there's a lockout "is dead."

Apparently, he "tried to play recently [and] realized he didn't have it."

Curiously, this sounds just like the last time I tried to play basketball. (And I'm not a world-class athlete -- I'm just a "moderately lean" blogger.)

Which isn't to say that Marshall and I share any physical attributes whatsoever. It's just an indication of how difficult it is to play in a particular professional sports league, even if you already compete at an extremely high level.

Besides, Marshall's already got a gig-in-waiting as an NFL analyst.

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