“Eighteen years. Almost 20 years doing this together. The league is not competitive. We all should be ashamed. Even you guys that’s been covering them on TV should be ashamed,” Marshall said on NFL Network (h/t Yahoo Sports' Shalise Manza Young).
Belichick and Brady will play the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday, and both are looking to earn their record sixth Super Bowl ring. The head coach and quarterback have already appeared in the most Super Bowls at their respective posts in league history.
“Congratulations, you guys are phenomenal, you guys are great can’t get any better. But how do 31 other organizations let this happen?,” Marshall said, addressing Patriots players and other NFL teams.
Though Marshall included himself in sharing the blame, the rant is a bit odd given that he has yet to make a playoff appearance a dozen years into his career. While he's an individually brilliant receiver who is nearing 1,000 catches, Marshall's teams have in some way helped contribute to the Patriots' dominance. He's spent eight years in the AFC, including four right within the Patriots' AFC East.
The simple fact is the Patriots' dominance is unprecedented and something we're unlikely to ever see again. Belichick and Brady are arguably the greatest coach-quarterback duo in league history, and their Super Bowl runs are testaments to their ability to adjust through different eras.