Brandon Marshall Fires Back At Sterling Sharpe and NFL Network
DAVIE, Fla. -- One thing is for sure: Brandon Marshall won't be sitting down for dinner with Sterling Sharpe or his fellow NFL Network analysts Mike Mayock and Solomon Wilcots anytime soon after responding to the criticism they dished out on a recent episode of AFC Playbook.
"What those guys are saying, that's just them trying to, I don't know, sound good and sound like they know what they're talking about," said Marshall, a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins has caught 100 or more passes in each of the last three seasons. "Those guys never coached and I don't honestly think that those guys were elite players, including Sterling Sharpe. I've got to turn on the film and see what he was able to do. I know he's done some good things, but from my understanding he's not a Hall-of-Fame player."
Clearly, Marshall watches the NFL Network and didn't need to be reminded about what took place on the segment -- but he was as he addressed a group of South Florida reporters this afternoon inside the locker room. Mayock, Wilcots and Sharpe broke down the final four offensive downs of last Sunday night's 31-23 Miami loss to the New York Jets, which took place after Marshall made a 30-yard catch to set the Dolphins up inside the Jets' 10.
There was an incompletion from Chad Henne to Marshall on a fade in the right corner of the end zone on the first play, followed by a 1-yard scramble by Henne -- after which he called Miami's second timeout -- and then a 5-yard pass to running back Ronnie Brown that forced Henne to burn the final timeout because Brown was tackled inbounds. On 4th-and-5, his pass into the end zone for tight end Anthony Fasano was intercepted and the Jets ran out the clock. Mayock and Wilcots wanted to make the point that they felt Marshall was gassed on those last four plays, didn't complete his routes and didn't try hard enough to get open, and Sharpe closed out the segment with these words:
"You know my love for Brandon Marshall and Brandon, you have to give us more. Bill Parcells has a great saying that I stole from him working in TV, 'Don't complain. Don't explain.' You are the guy in South Florida. If they're going to throw the ball, you are the first option. ... I'm going to give you a pass on that. That was one game this year. You're getting used to that Florida heat. But Brandon Marshall, from now on, you my friend are going to have to bring it."
Predictably, Marshall was taken aback by the attack, especially since he caught 10 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown in the game against a cornerback in Antonio Cromartie who is considered to be among the best.
"I hope this goes out to NFL Network. I like to believe those guys are partners of mine. I've had some great times on the set," Marshall said. "Those guys are former players. They never coached, so they need to continue to do what they do best and stop worrying about other things that they don't know anything about."
Marshall's next visit to the NFL Network set should be an interesting one.