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Posted on: January 31, 2011 9:27 am
 

Brandon Marshall and the Fins' WR coach

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Marshall
Quick but interesting tidbit out of Miami this week. The Dolphins recently made some alterations to their coaching staff. Assistant Karl Dorrell is moving from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the reason could be because of Brandon Marshall.

Jackson writes, “Some of the Dolphins’ coaching hires have drawn skepticism around the league, especially the shifting of Karl Dorrell from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach, a position he has never held (though he has been a college head coach and offensive coordinator). One Dolphins staffer said handling Brandon Marshall was difficult, at times, for Dorrell, though nobody would ever say that publicly.”

Perhaps the change in day to day responsibilities will serve Dorrell well. Of course, whoever he coaches at the quarterback position will likely have to deal with Marshall’s distractions in practice and constant demands for the football.

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Dolphins announced earlier today that general manager Jeff Ireland had signed a multi-year contract extension, and it must come as a relief, though not necessarily a big surprise, to Ireland (and, I suppose, to those who want stability in the organization).

While Ireland certainly has garnered some positive accomplishments since taking over his role after the 2007 season, he had to wonder – at least, slightly – about his job security now that Bill Parcells is basically out of the picture.

Ireland was one of Parcell’s guys – Parcells hired Ireland when he took over the team’s football operations after they worked together in Dallas – but after Parcells stepped away to become a team consultant, one had to wonder if owner Stephen Ross really thought Ireland was the horse he could ride.

Apparently, that is the case.

“The decision to extend Jeff’s contract as our General Manager was an easy one," said Ross in a statement. "The young talent that Jeff has assembled during his three years with the Dolphins has made a profound impact on our franchise’s recovery from the 1-15 season of 2007. Jeff has my full support moving forward as we pursue our goals to build the best and brightest front office in the National Football League and ultimately to win a Super Bowl championship for all of South Florida and Dolphin fans around the world.”

Since taking over, Ireland has drafted talented players like OT Jake Long, CB Vontae Davis, LB Koa Misi and WR Brian Hartline while procuring the services of WR Brandon Marshall and TE Sal Anthony Fasano .

But he’s also missed out on big picks – 2008 second-round pick Phillip Merling and 2009 second-round pick Pat White come to mind – while the jury is still out on QB Chad Henne (2008 second-round pick).

Plus, there was that incident when he, in a pre-Draft interview, asked former Oklahoma State and current Cowboys WR Dez Bryant about the rumors that his mother was a prostitute. Ireland later apologized for the misstep.

But Ross, unlike his latest dealings with coach Tony Sparano, made this transaction rather clean, because so far, Ireland has done enough to impress.

"He's an excellent judge of talent," CBS’ own analyst Charlie Casserly told the Palm Beach Post earlier this month. "He has a clear vision of what he wants the team to look like on the field, and he wants to have a physical team up front on both lines. Any time you have that, you have a chance to win."

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Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:37 am
 

More reasons Marshall doesn't like Henne

B. Marshall has made his unhappiness known with the offense of Tony Sparano (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As Dolphins coach Tony Sparano continues to wait to hear about his job status, his players have begun to let loose their feelings. And it’s likely not helping Sparano’s cause. Or the confidence of QB Chad Henne.

We told you Tuesday about RB Ricky Williams saying he and Sparano were not a great fit and that he was excited to test the free agent waters. Williams said the team respects Sparano, but then he went on to blast Sparano’s micromanaging.

So, that wasn’t good.

But it gets worse.

WRs Brandon Marshall and Brian Hartline also broke down why the team’s offense was so mediocre on a Miami radio show Tuesday, via the Palm Beach Post. And then Marshall went on a rant against Henne.

From the Post :

Marshall, who on Sunday said he’s been on “different pages” with quarterback Chad Henne all year, explained what he meant with radio host Michael Irvin, and said he works better with backup Tyler Thigpen.

Marshall said that in Sunday’s 38-7 loss to New England, there were several plays in which he was lined up 1-on-1 against Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty with no safety help over the top. Marshall, listed at 6-foot-4, has six inches on McCourty, and in the past, his height advantage and the 1-on-1 coverage almost always dictated that Marshall would change his play to a “go” route, and the quarterback would lob the ball up and let Marshall make a play.

“In the past, taking the shot always worked out pretty good, and that’s something I’ve been trying to get called all year,” Marshall said. “I’m covered, (but) that doesn’t mean I’m covered. … Just throw it up, you know?”

But Marshall said that Henne and quarterbacks coach David Lee were never willing to improvise plays at the line of scrimmage, and when Marshall did, they would get upset with him on the sideline.

“Henne, the way he plays the game is he goes exactly through his reads, no matter the matchup,” Marshall said. “Then you get to the sideline, and it’s some conflict there because they don’t like it (changing routes on the fly).”

But Marshall said Thigpen is different. And better with whom to work. It’s because, Marshall theorized, Thigpen played with big-time receiver Dwayne Bowe while he was in Kansas City.

“I think Tyler gets it a little more,” Marshall said. “I’ve been trying to communicate with the quarterbacks all year, and we finally get it in the last game. It shows what we’re capable of doing. So yeah, Tyler is a guy that kind of gets it.”

And Henne apparently doesn’t. Again, not good.

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 6:20 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Josh McDaniels fired by Denver Broncos

Posted by Will Brinson



The Denver Broncos announced Monday night that owner Pat Bowlen "has relieved" Josh McDaniels of his coaching duties.

This shocking news dropped via the Broncos official Twitter feed and is up on their website with a "details to come" message. This now means that Bowlen is currently paying two head coaches, neither of whom are actually coaching his football team.

McDaniels has a career head coaching record of 11-17, but is just 5-17 since a 6-0 start to the 2009 season. His decisions to trade Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, as well as draft Tim Tebow, drew plenty of scrutiny, and eventually, it seems, he dug himself too deep a grave.

The McDaniels situation is particularly bizarre for a number of reasons, though.

"My decision to relieve Josh McDaniels as head coach was not taken lightly," Bowlen said in a statement released by the team. "I will always be appreciative of his passion, enthusiasm and hard work, and I thank him for his efforts. In the end, I was not satisfied with the results and the direction this team was headed. The decision to make a change was extremely difficult but one that needed to be made for this organization and our fans.

"Everyone, myself included, is accountable for our disappointing season and is now responsible for restoring the culture of winning that has been established by this franchise. Our entire organization is completely focused on returning to the level of prosperity that our fans expect and deserve from the Denver Broncos."

First of all, less than a week ago, Bowlen offered conflicting statements about McDaniels' future (his second straight vote of confidence!), stating that he wasn't making a change in an interview, and then issuing a "we are still evaluating" statement from the team.

Secondly, there's no one on the staff that fits the logical mold for an interim coach a la Jason Garrett or Leslie Frazier. Defensive coordinator Don Martindale was considered a candidate for the Raiders job prior to 2009, but ultimately didn't land the gig. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has done an arguably great job as a pro coach, turning Jake Delhomme and Kyle Orton into Pro-Bowl contenders.

Additionally, the Broncos' roster is, frankly, just a mess. While the guys on the team might work for McDaniels' purposes, it might not be the case for other high-profile candidates: Tebow is a project at best, Kyle Orton isn't the ideal quarterback for every situation, the team has been stripped of its big-name stars, and the assets acquired in those deals haven't panned out to substantial value for the long-term.

Perhaps the roster issues ultimately ended up being McDaniels' demise -- there was much speculation recently that if McD wasn't fired, he'd end up having to cede some personnel power to a new front-office figure. This is pure speculation, but Bowlen absolutely could have informed McDaniels that he was bringing in someone to help him run the personnel end, and McDaniels politely told him that he wasn't real interested in that, at which point Bowlen relieved him from his gig. (Again, pure speculation, but certainly a possibility.)

And finally, SpyGate Part Deux -- McDaniels was at the helm of the Broncos when the team was busted for videotaping a San Francisco walkthrough in London, and although the league and Broncos concluded that he did nothing wrong in the incident, outside of not reporting it sooner, the public embarrassment probably didn't sit well with Bowlen.

It certainly didn't sit ell with fans, who began calling for his resignation shortly thereafter. In the end, McDaniels will be remembered for a tenure in Denver in which his star shone bright and loud (some might say "foolishly brash" even) early, but ultimately ended up burning out and fading quickly.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: December 5, 2010 11:53 am
 

AFC Inactives, Week 13

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active: Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster (who will actually get the start opposite Dwayne Bowe), Colts RB Mike Hart, Colts LB Gary Brackett, Titans QB Kerry Collins (who is starting),

Now, those who are NOT active:

Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars: One week after suffering an ankle sprain, he was back last week, and though he was didn’t do much, he was still an integral part of the gameplan. But he re-aggravated his ankle and won’t play today. Kassim Osgood will start in his place.

Kendrick Lewis, CB, Chiefs:
Kansas City has played exceptionally well with Lewis in the lineup (the Chiefs are 6-1 when he’s on the field). But he’s out today. So, that’s not good for Kansas City.

Kyle Vanden Bosch, DL, Bills: This is a big loss for Buffalo, especially since Vanden Bosch is one of the team’s best defensive players.

Brian Dawkins, CB, Broncos:
He hurt himself last week, but his skills have noticeably declined this season. This might not be the worst thing in the world for Denver.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins:
Limited in practice all week, many people thought Marshall would be healthy enough to play vs. the Raiders, especially since he said he was bouncing back quickly. Apparently, he's not. He's inactive, and that's a huge blow for Miami.

Kenny Britt, WR, Titans: Sounds like he's targeting next week as his return from a hamstring.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 7:55 pm
 

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers at Browns

Both sides have big quarterback questions this week. The Panthers have three of their signal-callers on the injury report – including Tony Pike, probable with a right shoulder, and Brian St. Pierre, probable with a right shoulder – but Jimmy Clausen, who has shaken off the effects of a concussion, is the one who will get the starting nod.

You might think the probable status of RB Jonathan Williams would be good news for Carolina, but you’d be wrong (I’m not saying it’s bad news, but it’s kind of meh news). He’s been extremely ineffective this year, and in his absence, Mike Goodson has been very impressive.

Meanwhile, Cleveland QB Colt McCoy is doubtful with an ankle injury, meaning Jake Delhomme, who hasn’t started a game since the season-opener, will face off against his old team. WR Joshua Cribbs, who broke four of his toes two weeks ago, is questionable. He might be on the active roster, but don’t look for him to get too involved with the offense.

Chiefs at Seahawks


Kansas City would feel much better about its prospects to beat Seattle on the road if WR Dexter McCluster and TE Tony Moeaki – both of whom are questionable – can play. McCluster has missed the past four games with a high ankle sprain, but it seems likely he’ll return this week. Moeaki, coming off a concussion two weeks ago, also should play.

The big question for the Seahawks is whether WR Mike Williams (questionable, foot) will play. All week, Seattle has prepared like he wouldn’t play, and as of Friday, he was still in a walking boot. But he’ll also be a gametime decision, so if Williams can look OK in pregame warmups, there’s a chance he might be out there when the game starts.

Dolphins at Raiders


No matter who’s quarterbacking Miami – and indications are pointing toward Chad Henne – the Dolphins will suffer without standout WR Brandon Marshall, who was downgraded today from doubtful to out with a hamstring. Henne, thought to be lost for the season two short weeks ago, likely will get the start in place of former third-stringer Tyler Thigpen.

For Oakland, TE Zach Miller is questionable but probably will play. As will CB Nnamdi Asomugha, G Robert Gallery and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey – all of whom are listed as probable.

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 10:05 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 11:31 pm
 

Brandon Marshall out with hamstring injury

Posted by Will Brinson

Shortly before halftime -- but after he drew a flag for slinging the ball at Jay Cutler following a catch -- Brandon Marshall was carted to the locker room with a hamstring injury.

The Dolphins announced that his return is questionable, but considering the way in which things unfolded, there's a good chance he's done for the night.

Marshall had to be helped off the field after hurting his hamstring and was eventually carted off the field.

Marshall had been dealing with the hamstring throughout the week and suddenly it appears the Dolphins could be stuck without their top two quarterbacks, their starting center and their No. 1 wide receiver for the rest of the game.

Marshall appeared on the sideline in street clothes with about five minutes remaining in the third quarter, meaning he's done for the night. Also meaning: Miami, in a 9-0 hole at the time, has a lot of work to do and very few weapons with which to do said work.

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:37 pm
 

Marshall throws ball at Cutler, gets flagged

Posted by Will Brinson

Brandon Marshall has all the physical tools to be one of the best receivers in the NFL. No question about it. (He may also be an awesome NFL studio analyst too. So there's that.)

Only problem is, dude's got some sort of screw loose in his brain and, for whatever reason, can't seem to keep his temper under control. Or, if you don't think he's "angry," you can make the case that he just can't stop doing really dumb things with the football after he gets a hold of it.

For instance, he's notorious for punting the ball in practice, last week against Tennessee he threw the ball in the stands and cost his team five yards and then on Thursday night, after picking up a critical first down for the Dolphins, he ran out of bounds and threw the ball at Jay Cutler. Naturally, he was flagged for taunting and cost the Dolphins 15 yards.



Really, the only upside is that he got Cutler to make a funny face, but something tells me that won't make Tony Sparano forgive him for the 15-yarder.

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