If Brandon Marshall has anything to say about it, the winless Miami Dolphins will not go gently into the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
Known as “The Beast,” he plans to unleash”The Monster” on the New York Jets in the team’s “Monday Night Football” game. Not only that, but, in the kind of comments that tend to get the attention of Commissioner Roger Goodell, he said he might get “kicked out” by the middle of the second quarter and focus his efforts on the Jets’ Bart “Can’t Wait” Scott.
“I think the past four games have been tough for me, trying to control some things, and, hey man, I’m just going to let it out,” Marshall said of his emotions (via the Miami Herald).
“I don’t care if I have two, three cameras on me. I don’t care if I have penalties. It doesn’t matter; I’m going to let it all out. I don’t care what you guys write or what the commentators say. I’m just going to play football. That’s what I’m best at. I’m best when I play emotional. I’m best when I play with passion. You guys are going to see that on ‘Monday Night Football.’ I don’t know if it’s throwing a football 15 yards in the bleachers, or getting a 15-yarder [penalty], or punting the ball and getting thrown out of the game. But something is going to happen. I’ll probably get kicked out after the second quarter.”
Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano said his wide receiver wasn’t serious. “Obviously, he was kidding … 50 percent kidding. I know one thing about that guy, he’s not going to do anything to hurt this football team. That’s what I know,” he said. “I know people in that locker room look up to him. I’ve seen him when he really is bigger than life out there when he gets the ball in his hands and starts rolling.
“I mess around with him and call him the werewolf when gets the ball and starts running around like that. He can be that way. I think that’s the part Brandon is talking about. He wants to be more passionate with the ball in his hands. He wants to be more passionate blocking and doing all the things necessary to help us win.”
Marshall, struggling this season, promised to unleash “The Monster,” and not his former alter ego “The Beast.”
”I don’t know what you guys think, if you’ll still call me The Beast or if you think I’m washed up,” Marshall told a group of reporters (via the Sun-Sentinel). “I consider myself a monster now. If you see a beast, you should run because the beast is really scary. I don’t want to be that anymore. You think of ‘monster,’ you know it’s like a little nightmare. You should be scared, you should run, but at the end of the day he’s not going to hurt you. I consider myself a monster now, and I’m going to play that way on Monday night.”
Marshall said he wasn’t kidding about getting kicked out. “No, I’m not joking. I’m serious,” he said. “They’re going to fine me. It’s probably going to be like a $50,000 fine. But that quarter and a half that I’m out there, I’m going to play like a monster. I might get in a fight with Bart Scott. [Antonio] Cromartie, we pretty much matured our relationship and grew a little bit. We used to fight in Denver and San Diego. If that happens, it happens, so we’ll see.”
Marshall, who used therapy to help him deal with borderline personality disorder, made his comments in measured tones and, according to the Sun-Sentinel, a Dolphins official tried several times to end the media session.
“I love the game. I have a lot of passion for the game,” he said. “Dealing with the things I’ve been dealing with, I’ve been trying to control too much instead of being myself and play ball. I know there’s going to be cameras on me. I think after camp and me coming out and saying I worked on some things this offseason — I’m not on medicine or things like that — I’ve worked on some things. I’ve gotten better at it.
“And I think every game, there’s one guy just charged with following me around to track my emotions, so I’m going to give them what they want. I’m going to play with a lot of emotion, a lot of passion. I’m going to be that Monster. Not the Beast. The Monster.”