Sunday, October 30, 2011
Marshall can't walk the walk in loss
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Brandon Marshall couldn’t back up his words.
After tweeting to the media earlier in the week to not say that the Giants took the Dolphins lightly when Miami won Sunday, the receiver and his team came up short Sunday in a 20-17 loss that dropped the Dolphins to 0-7.
While Marshall led his team in receiving yards, he had a costly pass interference cost late in the game that negated a first down in Giants territory in the fourth quarter.
“It’s all about positioning,” Marshall said of his team’s offensive struggles in the second half. “There were a few plays out there where I could have put myself in a better position, and capitalize off some opportunities and you have to look yourself in the mirror first. When I look at my game, there are a few things that I could have done better out there.”
Marshall created a stir earlier this week when he tweeted on Thursday: “To: Media When we win Sunday please don't say the Giants didn't take us serious.” It was the second time in three weeks Marshall had made himself a national headline as he told the media before the Dolphins faced the Jets on Oct. 17 that he was going to get into a fight and get ejected in the second quarter.
Marshall’s biggest play in Sunday’s game came on the offensive pass interference negated a 26-yard gain. With the Dolphins leading 17-13 with 9:53 left in the game, Moore found Marshall at the Giants’ 40-yard line for a leaping grab but the receiver was flagged for offensive pass interference on a controversial call that ended up being a turning point in the game. Miami did not record a first down the rest of the game and the Giants took the lead on the next drive.
The receiver did not record a catch in the final 19 minutes of the game, last hauling in a pass with approximately five minutes to go in the third quarter. He finished with four catches on six targets for 55 yards.
“The refs did a good job of letting us play all day and that one confused me a little bit,” Marshall said of the penalty. “We were fighting out there and on that play, I thought it was clean.”
Said Miami coach Tony Sparano: “...I don’t know what the gain on the play was, but it was a huge gain. It changed field position drastically.”
As the Dolphins blew another fourth quarter lead on Sunday, Marshall said he thought the difference was “positioning”, which he said encompassed both the coaches and the players. He said the team has to do better as a collective group when it comes to positioning, describing an improvement being needed in terms of players getting in the right spot as well as the coaches.
When asked about his coches statment, as he said the coaches need to get in a better position, he clarified that his statement did not mean that the coaches need to put the players in better position.
“Just positioning,” Marshall clarified about the coaches. “We just have to do a better job as a group. Obviously, we’re not where we want to be. This sucks and it’s a group effort.”
Marshall seemed frustrated after watching his team blow yet another fourth quarter lead Sunday.
“It’s the same story all year,” Marshall said. “ We have some good players in this room and why we can’t put it together, I really don’t know. This is tough. This is really tough.”