October 14, 2011
Usually, when there's a bunch of brash and trash talk in a game involving the New York Jets, it's the Jets doing the crowing. From head coach Rex Ryan to receiver Santonio Holmes(notes) to linebacker Bart Scott(notes), the J-E-T-S are always ready to get mouthy with upcoming opponents (unless you'd like to do it like Holmes, and just throw your own offensive line under the bus).
But in the media anticipation for this Monday night's battle between the Jets and Miami Dolphins, it was Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall(notes) who went off with the recorders in his face. Marshall, who has the third-most catches in the NFL since 2007 (Wes Welker(notes) with 477 and Reggie Wayne(notes) with 419 are ahead of him), said on Thursday that he was going to go all out in a way that the league itself couldn't possibly contain.
"I think the past four games have been tough for me, trying to control some things, and, hey man, I'm just going to let it out," Marshall said. "I don't care if I have two, three cameras on me. I don't care if I have penalties. It doesn't matter; I'm going to let it all out. I don't care what you guys write or what the commentators say. I'm just going to play football. That's what I'm best at. I'm best when I play emotional. I'm best when I play with passion. You guys are going to see that on 'Monday Night Football.'
"I don't know if it's throwing a football 15 yards in the bleachers, or getting a 15-yarder [penalty], or punting the ball and getting thrown out of the game. But something is going to happen. I'll probably get kicked out after the second quarter."
Marshall, who recently talked about his struggles with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), went on to say that he wasn't kidding about this, and even named names of Jets defenders who might want to watch themselves on the field.
"I'm not joking. I'm serious. They want to fine me, hit me with a $50,000 fine. I'm going to play. The quarter and a half I'm out there, I'm going to play like a monster. I might get into a fight with Bart Scott. [Antonio] Cromartie, we pretty much matured our relationship a little bit. We used to fight in Denver and San Diego. If that happens, it happens. We'll see."
Roger Goodell, you have been warned!
This could just be Marshall's own way of propping himself up in a rough season — otherwise, it doesn't make much sense. He's dropped potential touchdown passes in all of the Dolphins' four losses this season, and with starting quarterback Chad Henne(notes) out for the season, he's got to learn to connect with backup Matt Moore(notes). It's hard to do that from the bench or the locker room.
"It almost feels like when you go through the things we went through, it's like you feel like you have to be perfect," Marshall continued. "That puts you in this bubble, and it's kind of uncomfortable. But I feel like you're not human if you don't have bad days or if you feel like you're not supposed to make mistakes. I've been living in a bubble a little bit, trying to control myself instead of being me.
"Like I said, you have to be able to turn that switch on and off. Right now, practice is over. So I have turned that switch off, and I'm being me right now. On 'Monday Night Football,' I'm going to turn that switch on and be a monster. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to play that way. I'm going to be the same guy when I catch a ball, bang my head with a football. I might get into a shoving match with somebody. I might get a penalty. But I'm going to play like I usually play."
In his first four games this season, Marshall has 22 catches in 40 targets for 313 yards and one touchdown.
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