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Brandon Marshall arrived in Miami in 2010 having had three straight 100-catch seasons in Denver. But he thought he could get better with the Dolphins.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work that way. Marshall says that he didn’t get much coaching at all, as far as teaching him how to improve as a wide receiver, and for that matter he never had that in Denver, either.

“To be honest [when I arrived in Miami] I was like, ‘You know, I need some coaching. Right now I’m coming off my natural ability. I want a coach who’s played the position or played the game before, who knows and understands the receivers position. So they can take me and my world to a whole other level,'” Marshall told the Chicago Tribune. “I haven’t had a good coach as far as that receiving position since I’ve been in the NFL. . . . As far as technique and someone who understands the game, the last time I had a good receiving coach was DJ McCarthy in college.”

Marshall also made a point of saying that contrary to some reports that former NFL receiver Cris Carter has mentored him, that’s not the case.

“Honestly there ain’t too much of a relationship there,” Marshall said of Carter. “I always wanna be around people that I can pick their brains but now there’s just nothing. He was busy back then. I’d come down and work out and he might be at the facility once or twice in a month. So I really never built a relationship with him. The reason why I may sound a little defensive right now is because there’s stories out there as far as him being my mentor or someone I go to, but that’s not true basically.”

Bears receivers coach Daryl Drake, at least, has Marshall’s respect.

“He’s been around the position. Coached it for 30 years now, 20-something years. He’s played the position,” Marshall said of Drake. “He’s already helped me a ton already. So I respect coaches a lot but I haven’t really had that — a receiving coach.”

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  1. El Capitan says: Jun 25, 2012 10:28 AM

    I bet the coaches and players there wanted a better teammate Brandon..

  2. titanryan says: Jun 25, 2012 10:30 AM

    Right…i seriously doubt coaching is this guys biggest issue.

  3. billinva says: Jun 25, 2012 10:31 AM

    I’m sure Dolphins fans agree.

  4. tripoint9109 says: Jun 25, 2012 10:32 AM

    Receivers r great,such divas! hi my name is Me and im all about Me . i wanna catch 88 Me balls ina season. score 15 Me touchdowns and score 2 Me touchdowns at SuperBowl ME

  5. louiespoon says: Jun 25, 2012 10:34 AM

    He’s done well on his own…

  6. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Jun 25, 2012 10:36 AM

    I think this idiot has a sign hanging in his bedroom that he sees on the way out every morning that reads something like this:

    “It’s everybody’s fault but mine! I am NOT responsible for my mistakes and shortcomings.”

  7. joetoronto says: Jun 25, 2012 10:38 AM

    Now we know what this guy’s problem has been his whole life, it’s been the coaching.

    Got it.

  8. darthhitman77 says: Jun 25, 2012 10:39 AM

    Megatron > Marshall

    Greg Jennings > Marshall

    Jordy Nelson > Marshall

    Percy Harvin > Marshall

    and that’s just the DIVISION fellas

  9. tebowsafraud says: Jun 25, 2012 10:39 AM

    “I haven’t had a good coach as far as that receiving position since I’ve been in the NFL. . . . As far as technique and someone who understands the game, the last time I had a good receiving coach was DJ McCarthy in college.”

    ——————

    Talk about being clueless! Throwing former coaches and team mates (as he has also) under the bus is a fair warning to his new team. He is about “me me me” and will do the same to you if he has to.

    Now–I don’t want to pretend that Sparano or Josh McDaniels were top level coaches but it’s hard to coach any player “up” that spends as much time in the courts or on IR as Marshall has.

  10. cooklynn17 says: Jun 25, 2012 10:42 AM

    And Tony Sprano most likely would have loved to have a wide receiver with his head screwed on straight, but oh well, that’s the breaks.

  11. rajbais says: Jun 25, 2012 10:42 AM

    Marshall will get ripped for this because Karl Dorrell was coaching players like Rod Smith in Denver and helped Davone Bess get better in Miami.

    Plus, why should his wide receivers coach from Denver not get any credit??

  12. farty5 says: Jun 25, 2012 10:45 AM

    You only ever heard Marshall’s name in connection with whining, legal issues, and other various forms of disappointment.

    Vastly overrated. All the talent from the neck down, none of the brains.

  13. brady100 says: Jun 25, 2012 10:47 AM

    Maybe his parole officer could coach him up…

  14. 34sweetness says: Jun 25, 2012 10:49 AM

    I love the bears and everything about them, but, darryl drake hasn’t really coached up the bears receivers. If he wants better coaching, he won’t get it in Chicago.

  15. r8rsfan says: Jun 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    The only excuse left is the dog ate his homework. He already used the old “slipped on a McDonalds wrapper” line. Buffoon.

  16. 307dubstep says: Jun 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    Brandon Marshals girlfriends want better coaching also. Or to not be beaten.

  17. andrewproughcfe says: Jun 25, 2012 11:05 AM

    I think Marshal has a good point.

    Look at the Steelers:
    WR Coach – Scottie Montgomery – played WR at Duke and for the Panthers, Broncos and Raiders; has been coaching WR’s since 2006

    Past-offensive coordinator – Bruce Arians – played QB at Va Tech, and has been a WR coach at several coaching stops, including from 2004-2006 at Pittsburgh

    Head coach – Mike Tomlin – played WR at William and Mary; coached WR’s at VMI and Arkansas State

    These guys have a lot of WR playing and coaching experience between them, and have done a good job of developing Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders – all 3rd round or later picks. I can see that a staff that did not understand the position would probably not fair as well at developing the young guys.

    By the way, incoming Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley spent 6-7 years as a WR coach in the NFL, so the understanding of the position in Pittsburgh should continue.

  18. latenightroach says: Jun 25, 2012 11:22 AM

    He needs to blame someone besides himself for all of his dropped passes in the endzone.

  19. niubears says: Jun 25, 2012 11:25 AM

    Five straight 1,000 yd seasons.. at least 80 catches in all of those seasons too.

    Might as well continue to not receive coaching advice. Seems to be working.

  20. deadeye says: Jun 25, 2012 11:31 AM

    Upon further reflection, Brandon Marshall is right. All those dropped TD passes are the coaches’ fault.

    Thankfully this guy is now Chicago’s problem.

  21. 69finfan says: Jun 25, 2012 11:33 AM

    Brandon Marshall wanted better teammates, better QB’s, better coaching, better girlfiends, better wives, better lawyers, better weather, better stadium, blah…blah…blah. The Dolphins wanted and paid you to take care of your side of the street and be a good teammate and catch passes when they were thrown to you and not lead the league in dropped TD’s. Every time BM speaks it is always someone elses fault, never his. When you point the finger at someone or something else you have 3 pointing back at yourself you POS.

  22. tebowsafraud says: Jun 25, 2012 11:45 AM

    In the NFL, talent triumphs over everything. Bad attitudes, legal entanglements, killing dogs–it’s all forgotten if you have enough talent.

    The fact that not one, but TWO teams ran him out of town suggests his talent is not what folks may think it is.

  23. smackingfools says: Jun 25, 2012 11:52 AM

    They told you to use 2 hands and that didn’t work.

  24. bchapman2011 says: Jun 25, 2012 11:59 AM

    He had me until he said that the Denver coaches failed him as well. Brandon when it is everybody’s fault except your own, you sometimes have to look within. Did you ever think for a second that you might be uncoachable?

  25. jaydog76 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:01 PM

    Why dog the guy for what might be the truth? There have been countless articles about tackling not being taught. Who says the same isn’t happening in other positions. Just because this is NFL flag football, it doesn’t mean they know everything.

  26. larryboodry says: Jun 25, 2012 12:03 PM

    He obviously hasn’t missed all the coaching he apparently never got, maybe this is a good thing…That said, he should have kept his opinions in this case – true or not – to himself.

  27. niubears says: Jun 25, 2012 12:04 PM

    Those dropped TD passes still wouldn’t have done anything to help the Dolphins win.

  28. Akula says: Jun 25, 2012 12:12 PM

    On behalf of Pats fans I would say we were quite happy with the coaches the Dolphins had.

  29. thayer57 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:19 PM

    Megatron is better. Saying Jennings, Nelson and Harvin are better isn’t even rational.

  30. gordyb7 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:20 PM

    He might be the most talented veteran receiver Chicago has acquired since Roy Williams.

  31. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 25, 2012 12:29 PM

    thayer57 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:19 PM

    Megatron is better. Saying Jennings, Nelson and Harvin are better isn’t even rational.

    ———————————————

    Give me Nelson over Marshall. Dude is a beast.

    Marshall: 81 for 1,214 and 6
    Nelson: 68 for 1263 and 15

    Nelson had more yards, more than twice the TDs…and it took 13 less reception to do it.

  32. nepaseahawk says: Jun 25, 2012 12:33 PM

    that and…..some chicks to slap around ….and for the cops to stop arresting him. good luck bears

  33. niubears says: Jun 25, 2012 12:34 PM

    Give me Nelson over Marshall. Dude is a beast.

    Marshall: 81 for 1,214 and 6
    Nelson: 68 for 1263 and 15

    Nelson had more yards, more than twice the TDs…and it took 13 less reception to do it.

    ———————————————————–

    Completely different offense dude. Can’t compare stats and say one is better when you have Aaron Rodgers throwing you a ball compared to whatever bum Miami had.

    Nelson is good, but that was only one year. Until he does it on a consistent basis like Marshall has, you can’t say Nelson is better.

  34. thayer57 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:34 PM

    Who was throwing to Marshall and who was throwing to Nelson? Might have had something to do with it.

  35. nygdriveforfive says: Jun 25, 2012 12:40 PM

    @ darthhitman77

    B Marshall is a top ten wr in the league. The only wr on your beloved Packer team that you can even debate is a good as Marshall is Jennings. Not a Bears fan but Marshall is going to eat up your secondary bringing back memories of what Hakeem Nicks did to you in the playoffs.

  36. CKL says: Jun 25, 2012 12:45 PM

    You know what’s funny about his complaint about having no coaches who played the position? Josh McDaniels played WR in college, after his HS stint as a QB.

  37. broncobrewer says: Jun 25, 2012 12:46 PM

    Wasn’t Rod Smith helping coach you in Denver? Isn’t he considered one of the best undrafted WR ever to play the game.

  38. spfripp says: Jun 25, 2012 12:49 PM

    So what he is saying that while in the NFL he never was coached on how to catch a ball. SMH

  39. 305fan says: Jun 25, 2012 12:57 PM

    Miami wanted better ball catching ability from Brandon Marshall, but that did not workout so well either. I glad the headcase is gone.

  40. beefbus says: Jun 25, 2012 1:08 PM

    If catching 80+ balls, 1,200+ yards and 10+ TDs are problems. Then, the Bears certainly have a great problem on their hands!

    Oh, Miami sucks and have sucked for some time now. No good players to really mention (maybe Wake and what’s his face CB), so him ripping the coaching has some merit.

  41. youdownwithjpp says: Jun 25, 2012 1:18 PM

    Hakeem Nicks > B. Marshall

  42. frankdatank23 says: Jun 25, 2012 1:23 PM

    “Hey Brandon, your supposed to CATCH the football ” is how i’d start coaching him.

  43. jcampol says: Jun 25, 2012 1:32 PM

    so him ripping the coaching has some merit.

    Ill give you that because the Dolphins coaches have been nothing short of incompetent, but when you lead the league in dropped td passes you cant really blame the coaches. Catching the ball is on the receiver. Basically until you can do everything as perfect as can be don’t go around blaming other people for your lack of success.

  44. orthomarine says: Jun 25, 2012 1:38 PM

    -OR-

    He could have actually caught the ball in the red zone….

  45. tannethrill says: Jun 25, 2012 1:58 PM

    Even if this was the case the fact that he’s vocalizing it proves he still doesn’t get it. There’s a fine line between explaining an issue and making an excuse.

    That sounds like an excuse and frankly a poor one. Even if someone else is to blame on something it doesn’t mean you should stoop to their level and throw them under the bus. Maybe after his career is over it’s okay to talk about this stuff but not when you’re alienating your current position coach who now thinks he’s going to get thrown under the bus when BM inevitably acts like BM.

  46. brutus9448 says: Jun 25, 2012 2:13 PM

    this guy was cancer in denver, cancer in miami and will be cancer in chicago. Someone constantly has a “me” first atittude will ruin any team oriented game. That was the problem in miami. iF he didn’t get 20 balls thrown his way during the game he’ll pout and throw a hissy fit.

  47. johnpierrebeatz says: Jun 25, 2012 2:18 PM

    Everyone is acting like Brandon Marshall sucked, in, Miami.. hmmm, the guy was on an underachieving team, with a bad qb, and pretty much not a lot, of run Support… Yet he still managed to achieve 1000, receiving yards last year! he did his, part. he just didn’t have any help. And for that train, Miami, sucked!

  48. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 25, 2012 2:32 PM

    Niubears said: (re: Marshall vs Nelson)

    Completely different offense dude. Can’t compare stats and say one is better when you have Aaron Rodgers throwing you a ball compared to whatever bum Miami had.

    Nelson is good, but that was only one year. Until he does it on a consistent basis like Marshall has, you can’t say Nelson is better.

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    thayer57 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:34 PM

    Who was throwing to Marshall and who was throwing to Nelson? Might have had something to do with it.

    —————————————-

    Fair points, but you must also consider that Marshall was the only viable receiver on the Dolphins, whereas Nelson had to compete for balls with Jennings, Jones, Driver and Finley.

  49. tannethrill says: Jun 25, 2012 2:40 PM

    The problem johnpierrebeatz is that BM knew that to be the case when he agreed to the trade that sent him there and made him a very rich man.

    You can either contribute to the problem or be a part of the solution. I think we all know the choice BM routinely makes.

    At the core his values suck and he has no integrity or word left to his name.

  50. spfripp says: Jun 25, 2012 2:46 PM

    johnpierrebeatz says:
    Jun 25, 2012 2:18 PM
    Everyone is acting like Brandon Marshall sucked, in, Miami.. hmmm, the guy was on an underachieving team, with a bad qb, and pretty much not a lot, of run Support… Yet he still managed to achieve 1000, receiving yards last year! he did his, part. he just didn’t have any help. And for that train, Miami, sucked!

    ____________________________________

    In 2010 Bess had better numbers then he did and I am a firm believer that both Henne and Moore force a lot of balls his way just to keep him from complaining. I will also add that 6 dropped TD passes is unheard of. Oh and BTW he had a lot of run support. Guess you have not heard that Bush ran over a 1000 yards this past season. Know your facts. Many of those drops came in clutch situations. He was part of the problem and not a solution.

  51. jaykubs says: Jun 25, 2012 3:10 PM

    Not sure what he leads more in right now: Dropped Touchdowns, or flubbed excuses.

  52. fraleyr says: Jun 25, 2012 3:17 PM

    does this guy realize he was traded for next to nothing? does this guy watch espn? every loud mouth reciever makes his rounds then gets that last trade where a team gives next to nothing for them then they keep running their mouths. lol if he dont shut up and just produce he’s done in the nfl.

  53. larryboodry says: Jun 25, 2012 3:48 PM

    @tebowsafraud:

    You end your post by saying ”…it’s hard to coach any player ‘up’.. that spends as much time in the courts or on IR as Marshall has.”

    IR? Really? In his six NFL seasons Marshall has started 15, 16, 15, 15, 14, and 16 games…And in the last five seasons playing FT, he has caught over 1oo passes 3 times, and over 80 passes each of the two years he supposedly sucked in Miami.

    I did not see him play last year, so I can’t say anything regarding his 6 supposed RZ drops in Miami, except that I don’t see that happening much with the Bears…If it does, the fans will turn on him, and I’m sure Cutler will get in his face as well. I personally think ‘Cutler-to-Marshall…Touchdown!’ will be a common call this year.

    Go Bears!

  54. jcampol says: Jun 25, 2012 3:56 PM

    johnpierrebeatz says:
    Jun 25, 2012 2:18 PM
    Everyone is acting like Brandon Marshall sucked, in, Miami.. hmmm, the guy was on an underachieving team, with a bad qb, and pretty much not a lot, of run Support… Yet he still managed to achieve 1000, receiving yards last year! he did his, part. he just didn’t have any help. And for that train, Miami, sucked!

    ____________________________________

    The problem wasn’t that he sucked it’s that he wasn’t an elite receiver like he was brought in to be. Fitzgerald had better/similar numbers to Marshall with less talent all the way around, especially qb. But also didn’t drop 8 tds (most or all of which decided those games) or cry about his qb and coaches after the season. He was payed to be a difference maker and fell way short of that, and then decided to bash the team from the top down on the way out. He has all the talent in the world but can’t seem to realize he has big flaws in his game he needs to fix before he points fingers. I’m a Dolphin fan and hated to see him go but he was definitely not worth the money he was being payed(see Jordy Nelson argument above)

  55. larryboodry says: Jun 25, 2012 3:57 PM

    gordyb7 says:

    He might be the most talented veteran receiver Chicago has acquired since Roy Williams.
    ______________________

    Heck, Roy Williams wasn’t even the most talented veteran receiver the Bears acquired since Roy Williams.

  56. finbukake says: Jun 25, 2012 3:58 PM

    If you sign a $40 million contract you are expected to already be a professional. WTF would he need coaching on? Maybe some coaching on not dropping TD passes. Good riddance, everywhere he goes misery follows.

  57. sampulls says: Jun 25, 2012 7:01 PM

    Love the drama he is going to bring to the Bears.
    Who is raising these kids?

  58. beefbus says: Jun 25, 2012 7:35 PM

    “The problem johnpierrebeatz is that BM knew that to be the case when he agreed to the trade that sent him there and made him a very rich man.

    You can either contribute to the problem or be a part of the solution. I think we all know the choice BM routinely makes.

    At the core his values suck and he has no integrity or word left to his name.”

    @Tannethrill-

    He does have a well known personality disorder, so not everything he does should be judged like someone without his disease. It shouldn’t be used as an excuse for everything, but certainly worth noting.

  59. cornersss says: Jun 25, 2012 10:30 PM

    Marshal always talks up his current teams players and coaches.

    Anybody really think Marshal doesn’t have veteran wr’s to help him if he wants? I just dont think hes been receptive, or even thought he needed more work, not the coaching wasnt there.

  60. chi01town says: Jun 27, 2012 10:44 PM

    Marshall’s personal life is on him but on the football field he is a big time game changer an in the north there are NO shut down corner backs. Cutler & Marshall will light up defensive secondarys all over the division

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