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Brandon Marshall punting practice balls (again)

Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 1:48 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Dolphins traded for Brandon Marshall because they wanted an elite, tough, pass-catching receiver on the roster. (Or a versatile swingman , one or the other.)

Thus far, at least in real game action, they have to have been disappointed, given Marshall's case of the dropsies -- a.k.a. "The Braylons" -- against the Bucs and his lackluster performances in their scrimmage.

But they're not the only ones. According to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post , Marshall, who said he was "not going to make any excuses" for his drops, reverted to an old trick of his: punting the football in practice!
Monday, his frustrations finally played out on the practice field. Toward the end of practice, after Marshall dropped a short pass in the end zone, he picked up the ball and punted it over the fence. He then spent the rest of the practice standing by himself on the sideline, though it is not clear if he was ordered to do so, or was just brooding by himself. Oh, memories. Marshall devotees will recall that he pulled a similar little stunt in Denver , albeit with less enthusiasm. Only this time it's not like he's feuding with his coach (as far as we know anyway). He's just frustrated with his personal play.

Unfortunately, when you finally get the trade out of town that you've wanted for two years and then get a huge extension from your new team that expects you to be the focal point of their passing game and help them make a run at a division title, well, it's probably time to man up, work harder and stop acting like a five-year-old every time you drop a ball.

Update (1:44) : Well, it turns out that in the time it took me to write that post, Marshall actually punted ANOTHER ball . This time, though, it was after he scored a touchdown. And it was apparently a "statement" to the media (and the coaches and his teammates?) who were silently judging him for -- you guessed it -- punting the ball .

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Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2010 2:41 pm

Brandon Marshall punting practice balls (again)

He just doesn't know when to stop.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 5:08 pm

Brandon Marshall punting practice balls (again)

Things like this are s trivial/not important that if it were a closed practice, probably would never have happened. Media and cameras pointing at him, he feels like he needs to lash out and put action to his mental frustrations. At least in some sort of elementary way he is showing that he cares about his performance, in practice or in games. Something tells me he didnt attend any behavioral mgmt or HR classes during his time at central florida. Negative actions typically deserve negative feedback, but let's get real. Everyone and their brother (including the dolphins) knew marshall was a primadonna WR who is going to have outbursts like this on the field, in the locker room, at practice, at the club, at home, and whereever else he may go in Miami. But, with 100 rec, 1200 yds, 10 tds, you'd be surprised what kind of childish antics are worth tolerating. When you are one of the best at your position and it is one of the skill positions in the nfl you can do things like punt footballs, holdout of contracts, retire every season, etc, etc. 

We definitely wont be getting rid of behavior like this with reporters writing stories/blogs about it on national websites/newspapers/magazines. Here's to another season with an outrageous stat line and outrageous behavior, go Marshall go! 

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:08 pm

Brandon Marshall punting practice balls (again)

I am actually a fan of Brandon Marshall punting the ball.  Very similar to chunking the basketball, throwing golf clubs, or the sweet bean ball thrown by pitchers.  It is just a way to get out some frustration for him. As a Dolphin fan I don't care what he does because I haven't had a solid number one receiver in lets see....ever.  So bring on the punts, hell I say you make the whole team watch him punt for an hour a day because when it comes down to it he is the best player on the team and that is that.  Good Will Punting Brandon!

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:25 pm

Brandon Marshall punting practice balls (again)

I wonder what kind of hang time he had on that punt?  With the Jets penchant for picking everyone and their mother up maybe a trade is in order to replace their awesome punter?  Or maybe perhaps a trip to Cleveland to replace Dave Zastudil?  Grow up and do what your paid to do.  Catch the damn ball.

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