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Marshall, Henne to reunite after nearly a month

Brandon Marshall will be back on the field for the Dolphins this Sunday when they play the New York Jets, according to a source. That barring a setback to Marshall's hamstring, which must be guarded against as he sits with little legroom in a Broadway theater watching the play Lombardi with his teammates this evening.

Sheesh.

But I digress.

Marshall must show up big Sunday. He faces New York's Darrelle Revis, arguably the best cornerback in the NFL. He must account for and overcome the likely absence of teammate Brian Hartline, who is recovering from surgery on a hand. And there is always that stuff about being on the same page with quarterback Chad Henne.

Marshall hasn't played with Henne in three games, as Henne missed the Chicago game and then Marshall missed the next two. So the two haven't played together since Nov. 18.

Marshall addressed all those issues at his weekly press availability. Here's what he said:

Ooops, wait a second. Before you go to the words from Marshall's mouth, I encourage you to read the words from Ronnie Brown's mouth that he used this week to inspire folks. Frankly, much of the news about the Dolphins has not been positive lately. But Brown shared much of his personal life and that might lift your spirits today.

(On if he’s ever been to a Broadway show) – “Yes.” 

(On if he’s looking forward to going see the play about Lombardi) – “Oh yeah, absolutely. I think it’s a good thing for our team, our organization, and to get a chance to hang out with the guys and spend some time. That’s always good.” 

(On how much does he know about Coach Lombardi) – “You know what, I think we all know something and something about him, but I don’t think we know enough. (You know) I think he’s definitely a pioneer to this game and this is an opportunity for us to learn more.” 

(On how hard did he lobby Coach Sparano for him to be able to play last Sunday) – “You know what, I lobbied pretty hard. But I think it was in the best interest of our team for me not to play. There definitely was some soreness in there and the four days…the three or four days that I had extra to rest was huge, a big difference. I felt pretty—felt okay out there running around on Sunday, but, coming into practice Wednesday was totally different and gave me an opportunity a piece of my mind that thing is healed in there and I should be able to make the plays that I’m normally capable of making.” 

(On how tough was it to watch from the sideline again, especially when Brian Hartline went out) – “Well it was really tough, but we got to have faith in the guys that we have on our roster and they have to step up and for the most part they did a great job. Of course we made some mistakes out there…and I wish we could have some of those plays back—But, at the end of the day it didn’t make any sense to go out there and play fifteen great plays and on the sixteenth play re-injure my leg but now I’m done for the season, so. I feel good where I’m at now and this week of practice has been great. The excitement is high and we’re ready to play.” 

(On if he watched the Jets vs. Patriots game on Monday night) – “Oh yes, I’m the type of guy, anytime there’s a team in our division on I’m going to watch them with my pen and my pad and take notes. (You know) so that was an opportunity for us to get ahead a little bit and get in front of those guys.” 

(On how he can get more involved in the offense) – “Absolutely I think the great players around the league want to be put in position to help the team but sometimes like Coach Sparano taught me and is trying to teach me still, some days it’s a shot glass and some days it’s a wheel barrel. You got to understand that and you just got to try to be mentally tough and it’s a struggle when you’re used to catching a bunch of balls or being so involved but we got to do what’s best for the team and hopefully get a couple wins here and have some things fall into place for us and get in that postseason.” 

(On what the possible absence of Brian Hartline means) – “I mean that’s all perception. The reality of it is I’ve stretched the field plenty of times. Marlon Moore is probably the fastest guy in our receiver room and he’s more than capable. It’s all about opportunities; it’s all about situation. You understand the way our offense is built teams were kind of afraid to let us go down the field so when you have a shell, you’re going against a shell defense it’s tough to just run down the sideline when you have a guy, his job is just to play you three yards and beat you up at the line and then there’s a guy over top. That’s what we’ve been seeing a lot of and that’s why you see us in the range of five to ten yards working those routes and we did a great job at times but we definitely need to take advantage of more opportunities.” 

(On whether he’s excited to face Darrelle Revis Sunday) – “Well I didn’t say I was excited to play against that particular guy. I mean it’s an opportunity you guys built players around the league up to be great. He is a great cornerback, one of the best in the league now. I’m the type of guy that I love the challenge and look forward to playing against that Jets defense, great defense, tough defense and just want to win.” 

(On whether there is a big difference in the Jets secondary without Jim Leonhard) – “Well you know that guy, you got to give him credit. He’s the quarterback on that defense; he gets guys lined up so definitely when you lose a guy like that it definitely affects your team but this is the National Football League. Those guys are more than capable of making plays and getting the job done. They’re coming off a tough week and we’re going to get their best.” 

(On how much he can take from the Monday Night Football game this past Monday) – “I think you definitely got to study, you got to study that game and see what we can do that the Patriots may have done but at the end of the day it’s about us. We’re coming off of a, off of a bad game and have a nasty taste in our mouth too so we’re excited about this opportunity to play on the big stage and compete out there.” 

(On the Jets trying to position themselves for the playoffs) – “We’re trying to position ourselves for the playoffs too.” 

(On the Jets coming off of being routed) – “Well what about us getting routed? Hey they’re all the same; whether it’s three or 40. Whatever it is that’s a route. We got routed (laughing). I’m just messing around.” 

(On how much the chemistry has developed between him and Chad Henne) – “I think Sunday people will see the connection.”

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They took Henne because he fell so much farther than anyone thought. With no decent QB on the roster, they had to draft one somewhere, so I understand that pick.

DyingBreed,

Amen dude. He always played down to competition and never had any fire. I was shocked he was a 2nd rounder too. I felt the same that if BP drafted him then Henne hasn't scratched the surface of his potential. At this point though as a big college football head and NFL fan I am have seen enough Henne.

Dying Breed. We have a Csonka like running back, he doesn't get to play and you hate him..........Lex Hilliard. (lol) Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Can someone please teach our defense the fundamentals of catching a football? If Sanchez can't play in the cold, then this should be prime opportunities for INTs.

Belichek drafted Brady to be groomed as a backup to Drew Bledsoe, it wasnt a genious decision. He got extremely lucky when Bledsoe went down that Brady begin to play so well.

Nobody saw Brady coming, not even Belichek himself. Im sure even he would tell you as much.

Based on the weather forecast this sunday, I wouldn't expect the Jets to throw it unless they absolutely have to. It's supposed to be awful here in NJ. With that said, no one can run on the Jets so we might have to be throwing it alot. If that's the case, expect alot of throws to Fasano & screens to Bess & Marshall. Of all weeks, I don't expect to see Henne getting to try many long balls in the rain.

Lex is no Csonka!!! Not even close. Csonka was a steam roller. The D could rarely stop him on 3 and 1 even when they knew he was getting the ball and lined up to stop him. The two most effective players on 3rd and 1 in football history, Csonka and Marcus Allen. Sorry, Lex doesn't get to join that group.

Mark in Toronto,

never in a million years did anyone think Brady would go down as one of the best of all time. I did like Brady at Michigan but thought he was just going to be a career back up and a good to have on an NFL team. I didn't see the Brady everyone see's now at all. I loved his rah rah, pump his team mates up leadership but didn't see the flawless accuracy, leadership and pocket prescense at all. Brady is the once every decade or 2 talent that no one saw coming.

Darryl Dunphy,

We have a guy that can be Czonka-like but faster, in Ronnie Brown. What's truly missing is this run game has no Mercury Morris-like back in the run game.

We can also use a speedy type wr who can consistently stretch the field and catch the damn ball like Warfield did. Hartline began to get better just before he went down but still didnt give the season long consistency we drastically needed.

Also Henne still has gotta develop better touch on the deep ball. No under throws, no overthrows.

LAPhinsPhan... Great point. How many drops has our secondary had this year that led to huge point "turn arounds"? These dropped interceptions have been killing us. And although they have little to do with how Henne reads a defense, or makes a throw. It would be nice if the defense could throw the offense a bone every now and then. Carrol makes that INT we probably win the game. The Phins cover the spread, and I win my fckn parlay.

BRADY IN FACT THE BEST OF ALL TIME THEN COME THE REST .

1-BRADY
2-MONTANA
3-BRADSHAW
4-


11-MARINO

Ox80,

Please give Darryl Dunphy a break. He's from Montana, exactly where Lex Hilliard played his college ball. Dunphy is highly partial to him for this reason.

Dying.. I don't want to open that can of worms again. I have my opinion, and you have yours. We will go round and round about it. I just saw an opportunity to take a shot. Peace????

Have a great afternoon fellas. Gotta roll for awhile.

oh goody goody Marshals back with Henne im all excited.Please excuse me for throwing up.I read where Cowher is ready to listen to job offerings.Time to pack up all our recording artist/owners and check book and run dont walk to his front door.

ALoco,

I would actually say Marino is the best qb alltime. Had Marino been surrounded with the type of defenses and running games these other qb's had we could have won up to 5 SB's during Marino's heydey.

Marino my favorite athlete of all time but I'd go

1. Montana
2. Brady
3. Marino

During the Marino era, if we had a run game and championship defense I wouldnt have been surprise to see a couple perfect season sandwhiched in between 5 SB wins. LOL.......

AndyJ,

Surely you have to think that had Marino been given Montana's defense and Roger Craig he would have won multiple SB's too. LOL.........

Marino threw one of the best deep ball Ive ever seen any qb throw. Had we a run game it would have been certain death for a defense to stack 8-9 in the box to stop it.

Marino was far to accurate with the deep ball! LOL..........

Heck, Marino threw for 400yds with ease even when DC's had all week with specifically designed defenses to shut him down.

Hands down, Marino was the greatest qb to ever play the game. He just never had a championship D and run game to match his talents.

I always thought if Marino played with multiple Hall of Famers like Montana he would have won at least one. Brady might have played with a few future Hall of Famers but no sure things.

I don't think a championship defines greatness but it certainly helps the cause and guys like Brady and Montana who I've watched win multiple rings get the edge over Marino because of that. I think Elway who has won 2 wasn't better then Marino but Brady and Montana? Yes.

Had Marino and Montana switched teams, Marino would have had more rings than Montana, and Montana none. Montana was surrounded by #1 RB, #1 WR, #1 TE, #1 D and #1 head coach. Marino never had any running backs or a D to remotely support him the way Montana did. I don't even put Montana in the top 5.

Nobody threw the ball better than Dan the Man, nobody.

Marino
Peyton
Elway
Brady
Young

BRADY
MONTANA
MARINO ...WAS AN INTERCEPTION MACHINE IN HIS LAST 3 YEARS.


P.S....MARINO NOW AT NUMBER 3 ,I CAN'T HIM ANY MORE

Just imagine guys, had Marino been given a run game and a championship defense. Offensively we would have been totally unstoppable and defensively very difficult to score against.

Hands down, Marino's the best qb to ever play the game.

BRADY HAS 3 RINGS W/THREE DIFFERENT SETS OF PLAYERS .HOW CAM YOU COMPARE BRADY TO MARINO WHEN HE DIDN'T EVEN WIN A DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP BUT ONCE .

ALoco,

Beginning Marino's last three seasons he was in the league 15yrs already, even Montana didnt last as long. No nfl qb played at a high level for so long as Marino did.

P.MANNING IS BECOMING THE NEW INTERCEPTION MACHINE IN THE NFL .

IMHO, the three QB's that have been the best at consistently carrying an offense on their backs:

Marino
Elway
Peyton

Brady is great, but he doesn't carry the offense as well as those other QB's when he doesn't have the best players around him.

OK DB, I AM MOVING MARINO TO NUMBER 2 ,I CAN'T DO ANY BETTER;

1-BRADY
2-MARINO

We maybe watching the beginning of the decline of Peyton Manning. He'll still have great games but they'll become fewer and inbetween as each new season wears on. The exact same happened to Marino beginning around the last 5yrs of play.

ALoco,

Brady is elite no doubt about it but Marino played in a different era too. Defenses could maul WRs and hit QBs. I find it funny how guys like Kyle Orton and Matt Schaub who are decent QBs but they put up these passing yards and TDs because the game is made for offenses to score now.

If Marino played in todays game he would throw high 30's to 40 TDs a year he was that GREAT!

DB,

RIVERS HAS PEAKED ,HE'S 6-6 THIS YEAR LIKE HENNE .
HENNE IS THE ONE WHO HAS A CHANCE TO GROW AND MEET THE PEOPLE'S HOPES .

ANY...I MOVED MARINO IN MY LIST TO NUMBER 2,I CAN'T DO BETTER .

ALoco,

Brady has the rings to show for it but I cant give him #1 all time. All 3 SB wins the Pats rode thier defense to SB championships. Brady had timely drives to place them in position for SB winning kicks. But they didnt decisively win SB's on Brady's arm alone.

Those games could have went either way. Brady came thru in the clutch but never winged his way to SB victory.

ALOCO, Brady is no Marino, not even close. Brady has had the benefit of a world class defense behind him and a real running game. Can't confuse comparing two players with comparing two teams.

DB,

I don't think Manning is in decline. I think he is forcing passes as Marino did many times because there is no one getting open. Don't forget the Colts O-Line is average at best. Dallas Clark his go to is out and on IR. Anthony Gonzalez is out. Austin Collie is out. Pierre Garcon has missed time, Addai is out (although he stinks IMO).

I think Peyton is pressing big time. He is playing with a bunch of recievers, backs and TEs that don't get open or know what they are doing. Manning still has at least 2 elite years left IMO.

Aloco,

As a matter of fact, you cant give Brady #1 all time just considering the 18-0 Sb appearance and most shocking SB upsets of all time alone.

Remember that? LOL.............

ANDY,

IND IS GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS THIS YEAR AND THERE'S A CHANCE THEY WILL PASS ON SIGNING MANNING .FOR 30 MILLION HE'S ASKING AND LONG TERM CONTRACT IT WON'T HAPPEN .HE HAS ONE RING AND HE SHOULD THANK GOD FOR IT .

ALoco,

wait a minute you are comparing Rivers to Henne? If the Chargers make the playoffs Rivers is the MVP of the league if not for Brady this year. Even if San Diego dies out this year it's because of a disastorous special teams, injuries to his WR group all year, Jackson's suspension and so on.

Rivers, is an elite QB. He has great accuracy. leadership and that "IT" factor. These are all qualities Henne has never had in college or in the NFL so far.

AndyJ,

To clarify, I mean this could possibly be the beginning of what is soon to follow. Not that he's into decline just yet.

INDIANA IS NOT GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS

I WASN'T COMPARING HENNE TO RIVERS BUT ARE COMPARING THE BEST EVER BRADY W/RECPRD OF 10-2 W/YOUNG DEFENSE TO RIVERS NO PLAYOFFS ?

ALoco,

I can see where the "LOCO" comes from. Manning is an all time great. Manning and Brady are the 2 best QB's this past decade without question. There is no chance Indy doesn't resign him. He has meant everything to that franchise and city. To suggest Indy would pass on resigning him is INSANE and LOCO!

ALoco from 2:20 post gotcha. I misunderstood. I thought you were saying Rivers overall compared to Henne.

AND,


MANNING CAN STAY AT IND FOR THE RIGHT PRICE ,HE HAS BEEN THERE FOR 10 YEARS NOW.INDIANA IS LOOKING TO REBUILD .THEN WE SIGN HIM FOR MIAMI .

Without Manning, the colts are lucky to win 3 games a year.

lmao! ALoco you are just playing around right? You really think the Colts wouldn't resign Manning?

WELL ,WHO ARE THE WORST QB IN THE NFL TODAY ;

1- DELHOMME
2-MACNABB
3-FVARE

I AM REALLY THINKING THAT IND WILL NOT SIGN HIM FOR LONG TERM AT 25-30 MILLION A YEAR AFTER HAVING AN INTERCEPTION YEAR .

that's crazy, mad, silly money

Hell, the season's over but how sweet would it be to see someone grab fireman Ed's helmut, throw it out on the field and smack him around like the jet scum he is?

I would pay money to see it.

If we really 'should have' won a few games that we lost, and if the jets really 'should have' lost some games they won, well Sunday the rubber meets the road. If we can't beat them, we are even worse than we thought.

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Geez. I'm one of the BIGGEST Marino fans ever. He's the reason I was and still am a Dolphons fan. Hands down the best QB ever. Not even a close argument.

BUT, and this is huge:

IT'S D@MN PATHETIC THAT WE HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO REST OUR HAT ON AND HE'S BEEN GONE FOR A DOZEN YEARS!

In a way it's a slap in the face to Sparano as the head coach that the owner feels the players could get inspired or fired up by watching a play about Lombardi. Doesn't say much for the confidence Ross has in Sparano to inspire the team. I agree that watching the film on the 72 FINS and having former standouts come address the team may be more beneficial. Nobody was a more fierce and talented competitor than Dan Marino. There are others like Larry Csonka, Richmond Webb etc etc. I'm all for Ross being as involved as possible that is within an owner's realm but I hope he isn't heading toward becoming another Jerry Jones.

As I stated earlier, the expectations of Tony Sparano and the whole Parcellian crew was to lead us to the Lombardi trophy not the Lombardi play. BOY DID SOMEONE EVER GET CONFUSED!!! LOL.....................

vernon carey is out sunday

vernon carey is out on sunday

r45 and Aloco and about 5 others = Aloco........LMAO

NOLAN CARROL WILL BE IN ON SUNDAY .HIS DREAM IS TO REPEAT TED GINN 2 TD RETURNS FOR 100 AND 101 YARDS.

THE DAYS OF THE WONDERFUL,TED GINN .

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