A trio of NFL Network analysts recently broke down the final minutes of last week's Dolphins-Jets game and came to the conclusion that Miami receiver Brandon Marshall was either tired, dogging it, or simply the worst human person walking on the face of the earth. On the show The Playbook, former players-turned-analysts Mike Mayock, Solomon Wilcots and Sterling Sharpe broke down game film of Marshall's "disappearing act."
The three of them run the tape, and show Chad Henne clearly overthrowing Marshall on a fade route in the endzone. Sharpe exclaims, "It's money time!" just before the play unfolds. Mayock then says, "I know he's tired. I know he's gassed, but his hand doesn't even go up. He doesn't even jump" Sharpe interrupts with, "Go get the ball! Go get the ball!" Apparently Sterling Sharpe has some sort of football analyst tourettes.
"He's jogging. He's just jogging," Mayock says.
Mayock then complains how Marshall is paid big bucks and that he has to beat the jam on the corner and questions if Marshall is working hard.
At the end of the segment, Sharpe stabs a finger at the screen as he berates Marshall, the Super Bowl ring he never earned but was given to him by his brother Shannon after he won the big game with the Broncos gleaming in the studio lights. "Brandon," Sharpe says, "you have to give us more. You are the guy down in South Florida. I'm going to give you a pass on that. It was one game this year. You're still getting used to the Florida heat. But Brandon Marshall, from now on, you, my friend, are going to have to bring it!"
Never mind that Marshall finished the game with a sick 10 catches for 166 yards receiving and a touchdown, or the fact that he made more than one insanely acrobatic mid-air catch. Or the fact that the Dolphins were in the redzone at the end thanks to Marshall's 30-yard catch and run to get Miami to the Jets' eleven yard line. Apparently, none of these things qualify as "bringing it."
Brandon Marshall better get himself bitten by a radioactive spider, if he knows what's good for him. Your quarterback overthrows the ball? Pfft. Dive like Spiderman and catch that shit, or else prepare to feel the wrath of three former players who left an indelible mark on the NFL with middling careers and multiple injury-prone seasons. BRING IT!
You can watch the entire NFL Network segment here. Marshall's response below (courtesy JeffDarlingtonSports.com).