Marshall says Dolphins headed to playoffs

November, 9, 2010
11/09/10
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I think Brandon Marshall just guaranteed the Miami Dolphins will make the playoffs.

Marshall didn't expressly declare "I guarantee we will make the playoffs," but he did say the Dolphins "will be in the playoffs" and then dropped the G-word a few sentences later during his weekly visit with WQAM radio hosts Michael Irvin and Kevin Kiley in Miami.

"No one's happy, sitting at 4-4, and there is some concern there," Marshall said. "But people need to understand that we have a Dolphins team that is still hungry, that is going to work and that will be in the playoffs and will contend in the championship game.

"I say that, and I'm not biting my tongue. This is not a Tim Tebow moment. But we have what we need to be a championship team. I guarantee, from here on out we will compete. We won't lay down, and we'll make the plays necessary to win the game."

Marshall has been getting edgier by the week and sounds like he's creeping toward outright criticism of the play calling. Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown had six carries for 45 yards on the opening drive of Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens but ran only three more times the rest of the game.

After the loss, Marshall went out of his way to remind us how long offensive coordinator Dan Henning has been in the game, but the star receiver's comments were tinged with a frustration.

"Coach Henning and Coach [Tony] Sparano's formula of winning may be a bit different than where I come from, and I'm fine with it," Marshall said Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. "It becomes a problem when we're losing. We would like to see Ronnie get a couple more touches, have a big game to help us out. ... Coach Henning's been in this league a while now, and his formula for winning and getting the offense on the right track is his way of doing things."

Marshall is on pace to catch 104 passes, which would give him four straight seasons of triple-digit receptions, and 1,236 yards. But he has only one touchdown reception. He had 10 last year for the Denver Broncos.

Also on his WQAM interview, Marshall dodged a question about why the Dolphins rank 28th in scoring and defended Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne, who is coming off a three-interception game in Baltimore.

Irvin asked his response to growing skepticism Henne isn't the franchise quarterback the Dolphins hoped.

"Those [criticisms] are probably coming from people who don't watch the game," Marshall said. "That's people's opinion. At this point of the season, I think we're all working to get our grade a little better. Myself, there's a lot of mistakes that I've made and plays that I want to have back.

"Chad Henne's a guy who's more than capable of being an All-Pro quarterback. But again, it's not just him. His destiny is in the hands of others: his wide receivers, his offensive lineman, offensive coordinators, the organization. It's not just one guy. He has to rely on everyone doing his job."

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