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Dolphins’ coaches found Brandon Marshall “difficult”

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After acquiring Brandon Marshall in a trade with the Broncos, the Dolphins’ coaches were shocked — shocked! — to learn that Marshall can be difficult to work with.

And difficulty with Marshall may be behind some of the changes to the coaching staff that the Dolphins announced last week.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that there have been questions around the league about why the Dolphins moved Karl Dorrell from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach, a position he has never held at any level. But one clue as to why the Dolphins took Dorrell off the receivers coach job comes from an unnamed Dolphins staffer who told Jackson that handling Marshall was difficult at times for Dorrell.

(Perhaps Marshall should recruit Kramer to steal his chart.)

If Dorrell finds Marshall difficult, he’s far from the first: If Marshall weren’t difficult, the Broncos never would have let him go. Teams aren’t often in the business of trading away receivers in their mid-20s who have caught more than 100 passes three years in a row, but that’s exactly what the Broncos did.

So while Dorrell won’t have an easy task as the quarterbacks coach on a team that needs a major upgrade at quarterback, it’s Steve Bush, who was promoted from offensive quality control coach to receivers coach, who has the difficult job ahead of him.

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44 Responses to “Dolphins’ coaches found Brandon Marshall “difficult””
  1. sjayski says: Jan 30, 2011 2:53 PM

    Shocked? Really?

  2. wutthecrapman says: Jan 30, 2011 3:06 PM

    In other news, the sky is blue.

  3. grandpoopah says: Jan 30, 2011 3:10 PM

    Brandon Marshall is “difficult?” Let me guess, the next article on deck is going to inform us that Charlie Weis is fat.

  4. scguy2011 says: Jan 30, 2011 3:10 PM

    Coaches that are competent would be an improvement, but Miami hasn’t had that since Shula/Johnson.

  5. JSpicoli says: Jan 30, 2011 3:12 PM

    Brandon Marshall “Difficult”.

    From the same source that brought you “The Titanic took on a bit of water”

  6. wallycox says: Jan 30, 2011 3:12 PM

    In other breaking news ” ice is cold”

  7. deadmanwalking47 says: Jan 30, 2011 3:13 PM

    he seems like a real tool!

  8. wryly1 says: Jan 30, 2011 3:18 PM

    If a marginally productive primadonna player is forcing coaching changes, the problems in Miami go way beyond owner Steve Ross’ self-embarassing Dan Snyder wannabe routine.

  9. goodguyjohn says: Jan 30, 2011 3:18 PM

    Just another entitled, spoiled, overpaid thug who has no respect for others, the game or his coaches.

    The poster child of the modern day NFL receiver.

    I miss the 70′s and 80′s NFL. BIG TIME

  10. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 30, 2011 3:20 PM

    “Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that there have been questions around the league about why the Dolphins moved Karl Dorrell from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach, a position he has never held at any level.”

    God I love the Dolphins.

    Don’t ever change, guys.

  11. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jan 30, 2011 3:21 PM

    Trade him to the Patriots.

  12. waitingguilty says: Jan 30, 2011 3:23 PM

    And in other news….Sarah Palin is an airhead, water is wet and the sky is blue on sunny days.

  13. bobhk says: Jan 30, 2011 3:23 PM

    Talk about a disfunctional organization right from the owner down. Bunch of losers who won’t anything for the next 10 years.

  14. mastermathias19 says: Jan 30, 2011 3:24 PM

    It’s not difficult, really. Just find a QB to give him the damn ball.

  15. bigperm33 says: Jan 30, 2011 3:29 PM

    Shocking. I am just shocked by this story. No one ever could have seen this coming.

  16. jhorton83 says: Jan 30, 2011 3:30 PM

    Shocking! In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet.

  17. ninjapleazee says: Jan 30, 2011 3:31 PM

    Cutler n Marshall reunion

  18. phinfan says: Jan 30, 2011 3:32 PM

    SERIOUSLY? WHERE HAS BEEN QUALITY CONTROL OVER THESE PAST FEW YEARS???

  19. nickster2k says: Jan 30, 2011 3:39 PM

    goodguyjohn says:
    Jan 30, 2011 3:18 PM
    Just another entitled, spoiled, overpaid thug who has no respect for others, the game or his coaches.

    The poster child of the modern day NFL receiver.

    I miss the 70′s and 80′s NFL. BIG TIME

    ====================

    right. because none of this stuff ever happened back then.

    I blame it on videogames myself.

  20. scrotiemcb says: Jan 30, 2011 3:40 PM

    What’s most hilarious is that the Miami offense had its most efficient and productive games when Marshall was absent.

    I still can’t figure out how this guy hypnotizes so many people. His career stat line vibes possession receiver, yet everybody is constantly fixated on his ability to turn maybe 1 catch out of 100 into a big play. They ignore the 75 per 100 plays where Marshall actually loses gained yardage or leaves a massive chunk on the field while he tries to channel Barry Sanders. Oh, and then there’s the 10 per hundred where he takes the play off entirely or fails to catch a ball on the numbers– usually at a crucial juncture in the game.

    I’m guessing that when the Phins try to offload him next off season, they ain’t getting two 2nd rounders in return…

  21. melikefootball says: Jan 30, 2011 3:51 PM

    These teams continue to trade or pick up players that are problems for the coaches as well as teams. Moss made a great living at it this year with no production at all. How many millions are thrown in the fireplace for these characters, not players. You can see one issue of possible lock out. Money for nothing.

  22. skoobyfl says: Jan 30, 2011 3:58 PM

    In late breaking news, Kentucky bluegrass is still green.

  23. mistrezzrachael says: Jan 30, 2011 4:06 PM

    Marshall trade was totally out of character for Parcells, yet highly in character for that clown Ross.

    Similar to Dallas picking up TO, Marshalls presence had alot to do w/Parcells leaving…along w/a meddling owner….It blew Dolphins budget, and their bottom 22 players and special teams worst in NFL [ HISTORY?]

  24. billsfan1 says: Jan 30, 2011 4:19 PM

    Whether hard or soft…..a Dick is still a Dick

  25. macker1283 says: Jan 30, 2011 4:26 PM

    Yet, people still criticize Josh McDaniels (mostly idiot Broncos fans) for letting this clown go. This is what fans of the game don’t really get. There are certain players who just are team killers and you cannot win a championship with them. They might put up great stats, or whatever, but they aren’t winners. Not saying McDaniels is a great coach, but just saying he made the right move letting this guy go. The fact that Randy Moss and Terrell Owens are two of the greatest receivers in NFL history, yet have never won a Superbowl, is not an accident.

  26. hobartbaker says: Jan 30, 2011 4:30 PM

    After all the crap Josh McDaniels took, the Broncos have Orton, Ayers, Thomas, Tebow, Decker, Cox, McBath and the 46th pick in the draft to show for a couple of unreliable jerks like Marshall and Cutler and a guy who is third string in Detroit, Sheffler.

  27. cantonbound13 says: Jan 30, 2011 4:31 PM

    This team is a joke! Ross is clueless! You don’t get a receiver like Marshall unless you’re a player or 2 away from contending. The offense is a mess, especially the o-line, which was supposed to be Sporano’s strength.
    I would fire Ireland, Sporano & all the other coaches with the exception of Mike Nolan. On offense keep Marshall, Bess, Long, Carey & Polite, the rest can go. On defense just get rid of Channing Crowder. Crowder is the young version of Joey Porte, all talk & no game.
    This team is so clueless that they move a wr coach to qb coach? Pathetic!
    Ross, you blew it by going after Harbaugh & not waiting. Jeff Fischer would be a major upgrade.
    Sell the team Ross!!!!

  28. silkyjohnson937 says: Jan 30, 2011 5:19 PM

    Heres an idea: if the dolphins are struggling with marshall call the titans and try to swap him for vince young I really dont care I dont like the dolphins titans vince young or brandon marshall

  29. mobil4life says: Jan 30, 2011 5:31 PM

    Jets Suck and Rex Ryan is FAT

  30. ninjapleazee says: Jan 30, 2011 5:38 PM

    hobartbaker says: Jan 30, 2011 4:30 PM

    After all the crap Josh McDaniels took, the Broncos have Orton, Ayers, Thomas, Tebow, Decker, Cox, McBath and the 46th pick in the draft to show for a couple of unreliable jerks like Marshall and Cutler and a guy who is third string in Detroit, Sheffler.

    ———————

    right.. and the GREAT McDaniels.. 4-12 record and busted for spygate 2 scandal… and that unreliable jerk named Cutler won their division and got them pretty far into the playoffs.

  31. machomaniac says: Jan 30, 2011 5:57 PM

    And this used to be a legendary franchise :(

  32. miamiron says: Jan 30, 2011 5:58 PM

    billsfan1 says: Jan 30, 2011 4:19 PM

    Whether hard or soft…..a Dick is still a Dick
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Thanks for your own personal revelation
    We still care for you no matter what your
    Dick preferences may be

  33. acanniv says: Jan 30, 2011 6:12 PM

    @ hobartbaker:

    Well said.

  34. dolphins4 says: Jan 30, 2011 6:23 PM

    If the Dolphins would get a real QB instead of Henne he probably wouldn’t be difficult at all.Go get Vince Young when the Titans let him go and Marshall will be happy.

  35. nitemare1 says: Jan 30, 2011 6:32 PM

    @Phinfan

    past few years? more like 25 years

  36. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 30, 2011 6:38 PM

    “dolphins4 says: Jan 30, 2011 6:23 PM
    If the Dolphins would get a real QB instead of Henne he probably wouldn’t be difficult at all.”

    It’s not quite that easy for the Dolphins. They have absolutely no concept of the quarterback position. Did you SEE the part where they made their receivers coach the QB coach?

    “Go get Vince Young when the Titans let him go and Marshall will be happy.”

    This contradicts your first sentence entirely.

  37. jc1958coo says: Jan 30, 2011 7:23 PM

    100 catches a year in denver is diffficult!! not the player it’s the coach, this sh#t is getting old!!!
    just like the owners and the CBA blame it on the player!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. 7pints says: Jan 30, 2011 7:27 PM

    What’s funny is the focus is always on Marshall’s attitude, with good reason I know. But what about the fact the guy can’t catch? Prima Donna attitude with suspect hands? Not a great combo.

  39. ilaughatitall says: Jan 30, 2011 8:44 PM

    exactly why he will never be a “great” player … just a good one

  40. freedomispopular says: Jan 30, 2011 10:15 PM

    And everyone criticized McD for trading this guy away. Years from now we may look back and think he’s a genius. Or not.

  41. sdboltaction says: Jan 30, 2011 11:37 PM

    Why do you guys like Seinfeld so much?

  42. finsfanfoever says: Jan 31, 2011 9:55 AM

    The beginning of the year, when ESPN went to all of the NFL teams, Henne and Marshall were chosen for the interview. Marshall did most of the talking and was talking about….NBA basketball. I refer back to that now because, at the time I thought it doesn’t matter what he says….he tears it up on the field, let him do whatever he wants. Now, I take it as a bit of a lesson. Marshall is not going to be the leader of this team…at least not this coming year. There has to be a player in the locker room that has the attitude to win and makes plays on the field to back it up. I didn’t see that this past year. Cameron Wake played well, but maybe he’s too new to feel comfortable to start telling his teammates what’s up. Anyway, I feel the player that will take the best leadership role is a skill player (QB, running back, WR….hell…even a DB on the Dolphins). Bye Ricky, Bye Ronnie, hello Ingram…keep Polite and IDK…Cobbs. Keep Bess, Fasano, maybe have wallace step up. QB is a mystery though. Should have started Pennington last year after pre-season showing. This year…IDK…with who we have now..gotta go Thigpen, Henne, Pennington in that order. Thigpen isn’t scared as has the locker room more than does Henne. If we pick of Vince Young…he and Marshall have to know they are expendable and we will trade them if they start talking crap or becoming a disturbance. i’m a fan if the fins are 0-16 or 16-0, but i want to see some team play that isn’t determined by the other teams good or bad play. Go Dolphins and lets start winning some home games next year :)

  43. dieharddolfan6493 says: Feb 1, 2011 6:21 PM

    good i hope marshall gives you hell you idiots shouldnt even still have your jobs

  44. highfivefootballfan says: Feb 2, 2011 1:38 PM

    I’ve been a Dolphins fan for 25 years. And let me tell you all one thing: Brandon Marshall is NOT the problem in Miami.

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