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Controversy Creates Catches: Why Brandon Marshall Needs To Be Left Alone

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos halls in a pass for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on November 15, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Broncos 27-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2010

"Just leave Brandon Marshall alone!"

Remember that annoying YouTube sensation voice?  Well I sure do, because it had me on the edge of my seat willing and ready to punch the computer screen.

Fortunately though, I calmed down enough to refrain from doing that, but if I wanted to ask someone what it felt like to put his hand through a piece of technology, I'll let you know now that Brandon Marshall will be the first number I call.

Okay, so that was in the past, and realistically I don't have Brandon Marshall's phone number, but I do however feel quite opinionated when it comes to the former Denver Bronco star wide receiver.

For you see, when a player is accused of something totally stupid, I'll most likely take the media's side.  Take Pacman Jones for instance, when the scandal came out about "making it rain" at a local strip club, I like the rest of America, pretty much agreed that Pacman was a total idiot at the time.

But when it comes to criticizing a player that has a passion for the game and hasn't made any major mistakes in his career, I'll quite easily put my hand up and join the select few that support said player.

Until recently, I hadn't had to volunteer for anything other than mowing the lawn on a Sunday.  And as much as a pain in the behind this is, it doesn't compare to the anger I have felt recently toward the Brandon Marshall criticism.

I guess you could say I am on the Brandon bandwagon.  I admired him during his time with the Denver Broncos, and now that he is in Tuna Town, I can't help but get excited for his promising addition to the wildcat formation.

After watching ESPN recently though, I received quite a bit of an intrusion into my once perfect Brandon Marshall world.  It seems that fans are criticising Brandon Marshall for his recent hip surgery, and the fact that he won't be fully healthy until training camp arrives.

So is this a big deal for the Miami Dolphins?  Well according to head coach Tony Sparano it isn't as he quotes, ""We don't play a game today, we play a game down the road somewhere. ... So, not real concerned about it."

Therefore, why such an uproar over something as minor as what Brandon himself deems "a cleanup" hip surgery?

I guess the main concern for most NFL fans is that Marshall is once again falling back into his controversial ways.  Along with this, some say that Marshall may be purposely avoiding team organized activities, and instead would rather sit on an exercise bike and pretend to be interested in the team while the media are busy taking photographs.

However, as much scrutiny as Marshall has had to endure, there simply is no reasoning behind such criticism. 

Brandon Marshall is an elite wide receiver, he fits in, he plays well, and he simply gets the job done.  Hip surgery or no hip surgery, when you sign a player such as Brandon Marshall you are only going to get one thing, and that is an above 1000 yard season.

I'm sure the Miami Dolphins are well aware of this, and it is safe to say that is the main reason why they signed Brandon Marshall from the long list of free agents.  But the simple truth is, the criticism needs to end here.

It's not like Brandon Marshall is a bad receiver, who is often hot and cold, and only shows up when he feels like it.  When September arrives, he works hard, and he doesn't let up until he had what he feels a superb season.

To quote Mike Gundy, "Don't criticize a player for doing everything right."  Sure he's had his dark spots, and putting his hand through a television probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, but Brandon Marshall does let his play do the talking.

Continue to criticize this man all you want, your only adding fuel to an already burning fire.  When Brandon Marshall does something entirely wrong, then by all means turn against him.  But right now the Brandon Marshall hip surgery argument is about as old as Brett Favre.

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