Pro Bowl 2012: Brandon Marshall's Huge Game Will Lead to Breakout 2012 Season

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2012

HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 29:  Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins poses with the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl award at Aloha Stadium on January 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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When you catch six passes for 176 yards and a Pro-Bowl record four touchdowns, you become an instant legend. Such is the life of Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

The trick will be to translate that success into regular-season victories next season when he takes his talents back to South Beach.

As with last season, the problem remains the inconsistencies under center for the Dolphins. While Marshall gained quite the rapport with journeyman Matt Moore, new coach and former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has other plans for the team.

Marshall talked about his performance and how he hopes it translates into success with the Dolphins:

You know what? I wanted it. It's a Pro Bowl. Some guys are playing 100 (percent), some guys are playing 90, some guys aren't playing at all, but it means a lot to be up in the rafters with some of these guys. Hopefully down in Miami we can get some things turned around. We have some special things to do, and we will do some special things down in South Beach.

You can genuinely tell that Marshall has matured and just wants to win. When he hears Philbin talk about bringing in Matt Flynn or Peyton Manning, that has to be incentive for Marshall to be on the top of his game.

Despite having the lowest output of catches since his rookie season, Marshall had over 1,200 yards receiving as well as six touchdowns, all of this with two different quarterbacks and no real plan on offense.

Now that the mastermind of the Packers' wild offense is stationed in Miami, you can expect plenty of the same style plays. That should mean huge numbers for Marshall.

If the veteran wide receiver can keep his mind right throughout the season, he will be in position to be the top receiver in the NFL in 2012.


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