Brandon Marshall and his antics

Parker Fox, Sports Editor

Thought to be among the top receivers in the league alongside Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall has shown remarkable inconsistency for a Pro Bowler.  Marshall was commonly referred to as “the monster” when he came on the scene in Denver a few years back, but clear mental and psychological problems became prevalent soon after, and he was dealt to the Dolphins.  Attitude problems are hardly unusual for receivers, but Marshall has let his become not just a problem for his teammates, but for his own game. 

            That being said, Marshall had 109 yards in receiving Monday night against the Jets.  But several untimely drops overshadowed his performance, including one that went through his hands in the end zone.  Then there are the plays that make you shake your head, like when he beat Jets corner Darelle Revis and then ran out of bounds after running down the sidelines all alone.  Statistically, Marshall played well.  But anyone watching the games saw that the Dolphins threw at him all night and he was unable to bring in several on-target throws from QB Matt Moore.

            Marshall had stated prior to the Jets-Dolphins game Monday that he planned to be ejected in the second quarter of the game.  When asked if he was serious, he stated, “I’m not joking. I’m serious,” Marshall told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “They’re going to fine me. It’s probably going to be like a $50,000 fine. But that quarter and a half that I’m out there, I’m going to play like a monster.

            Marshall’s antics can be traced to his personality disorder diagnosis on July 30.  This illness is marked by troubles with relationships and self-image.  He referenced a difficult childhood and dysfunctional family when he was asked about his problems.  Prior to the diagnosis, Marshall had been seeing a therapist but with limited results.

            As far as Dolphins fans are concerned, Marshall needs to start playing like he’s being paid (5 years worth $50 million).  A receiver’s primary job is to catch the football, and Marshall leads the NFL in drops (seven)- an unacceptable statistic.  If Marshall doesn’t get his act straight soon, he days in South Beach are numbered.