Though Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall may be preparing himself for a football season that never comes, he’s already happy with the results of his offseason preparations.
In large part because he hasn’t been able to do much in the way of offseason preparing lately.
“For the past three years I haven’t had a chance to get better in the offseason,” Marshall said Thursday on WQAM radio in Miami, via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. “I’ve had two hip surgeries back-to-back, an arm surgery before that, that took away my whole offseason. I’ve just been focusing on getting healthy, and that conditioning, that burst hasn’t been there, and I’ve just been going off my natural ability.”
Marshall is working out with a personal trainer, since no players may work out at team facilities during the lockout.
“Where I’m at today, it doesn’t even compare to where I was during any time during the season last year or the season before that,” Marshall said. “This two months we’ve been working, I’m back to that guy that was training to the Combine. My body fat is down to like 7 percent – when I was in college I was at 6 percent. My hips are feeling great, knees are feeling great. Just, man, it’s beautiful.”
And Marshall believes that, whenever the lockout ends, he and the rest of the team will be successful.
“My motto this year, going into this season and approaching this offseason is we . . . will . . . win. I promise you that. If we get eight games, if we get six, we will win. The Dolphins will win. I have all the faith in coach [Tony] Sparano and Jeff Ireland. They’ve done an amazing job and that’s why I say we will win, because of those two.”
Some would disagree that Sparano has done an amazing job. Including the guy who tried to hire Jim Harbaugh to replace Sparano.
But optimism is part of the offseason. Everyone is 0-0.
Unfortunately, we’ve got a feeling they’ll all be 0-0 even longer than they usually are.