Miami Dolphins: Is Brandon Marshall More of a Problem Than a Solution?

Thomas GaliciaContributor IIOctober 31, 2016

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I'm not that guy.

You know, that guy that's quick to crucify players and/or coaches (well, save for Dan Henning, and maybe Sparano.)

I'm usually one to give the benefit of the doubt, especially to the players.

Yet as the Dolphins were running an efficient, well-balanced offense against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, a game that was their best offensive game and most well-coached game of the season, a thought crept into me.

What if Brandon Marshall is really the problem and what if that's the reason why Denver was willing to part with him?

Now think about it, top-10 wide receivers do not just get shopped around the way Marshall did.

Larry Fitzgerald is in a hapless situation in Arizona. He's a Ferrari, but with Derek Anderson in at QB, its like the Ferrari was being driven by a 15-year-old with a learner's permit.

He's not going anywhere unless he claims he wants to, and I doubt that will happen, he seems like too quiet of a guy for that.

Andre Johnson has never seen the playoffs in Houston. But he's also not said a bad word about the Texans organization since he was drafted there in 2003. He's not going anywhere, either.

These two players have played hard despite their situations—especially this season, where it looks like they'll be watching the playoffs from home.

Yet Brandon Marshall was available last season. After a Pro Bowl season where it looked like he made Kyle Orton into a great quarterback.

The Dolphins broke the bank for him and traded draft picks to the Broncos for him. Dolfan Nation was excited. 

But fast-forward to now, and he has one touchdown—for the year.

And the Dolphins played their best offensive game in Oakland, while Marshall was in Miami nursing an injury.

Meanwhile, Kyle Orton is doing just fine in Denver, as it's the defense that's lacking there.

And Jay Cutler has the Bears possibly on their way to an NFC North title and maybe even home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

What if the reason that the Dolphins strayed from their running game at times this season and their offense is failing to find a true balance is because they feel the need to get "The Beast" his touches to get him to the 100 he caught last season?

The stats do back it up.

This season, the Dolphins passed the ball 380 times, and they've run the ball 309 times. That's 34.5 passing attempts per game compared to 28 rushing attempts per game.

But on Sunday, the Dolphins threw the ball 30 times and ran it 49 times.

In those 30 pass attempts, eight different receivers were targeted, and seven had at least one catch. Henne usually doesn't distribute the ball as much this season, as Marshall is the main target.

He appears to demand to be the main target as well, as it seems he pouts when he isn't. He might also be partially responsible for some of Henne's struggles. At times, it looks like he just doesn't try as hard as he could or should. He's dropped quite a few passes this season, and one dropped pass even led to an interception.

But when he's frustrated, all hell breaks lose. This caused a stupid penalty two weeks ago against Tennessee. Then there was that stupid penalty against the Bears when he flipped the ball to Cutler.

Speaking of Cutler, while his stats aren't the same as they were in Denver, he's well on his way to the postseason in Chicago.

Without Brandon Marshall.

And if Marshall continues his prima donna attitude, then Henne might be doing the same thing the same way.

So what if Brandon Marshall is just T.O. 2.0?

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