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Porter has plenty to crow about for Miami

11/4/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
I think it's safe to say AFC East quarterbacks want Brandon Marshall to shut up.

Now.

The Denver Broncos receiver was a verbal target for Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter on Sunday. The Dolphins won 26-17, holding Marshall without a catch in the first half and to just two for the game.

Marshall publicly responded to Porter on Tuesday. The Broncos and Dolphins won't play each other again (unless they both make the playoffs), but given the fact Porter converts trash talk to into fuel, upcoming opponents can't be too thrilled.

Porter is having an epic campaign and, with a strong homestretch, could wrangle defensive player of the year honors.

Porter leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks,
already a career-high for the three-time Pro Bowler. He is on pace to break Michael Strahan's NFL season sacks record of 22.5.

Since sacks became an official NFL stat, Porter is off to the best start among any Dolphins player through eight games. That's saying something for a franchise that's featured such defensive stars as Jason Taylor, Trace Armstrong, Bryan Cox, Doug Betters and Bill Stanfill.

Even when including Miami's unofficial sack leaders before 1982, Porter is on pace to obliterate the franchise record. Stanfill and Taylor share it with 18.5 sacks.

Porter has at least a half-sack in each of his past six games and a full sack in four straight games.