Tim Tebow may have helped the Dolphins sell out their stadium for Sunday’s game, but little do those fans know that they have the privilege of seeing a future Hall of Fame cornerback battle a Pro Bowl wide receiver in an epic dual.
Champ Bailey and Brandon Marshall went up against each other in practice for four years, and come Sunday, they will take their battle to a whole new level.
“I’m sure they’ll see each other a little bit,” John Fox said of the matchup.
Marshall was Mc-traded to the Dolphins when Josh McDaniels decided that his Pro Bowler was expendable. It was no big deal in Bronco Land as Brandon Lloyd took over and made every orange and blue clad fan forget that there was actually another Brandon before him.
This season Marshall is averaging 84.4 yards per game, and has one touchdown.
“There’s no question that he’s a talent,” Fox said. “He’s a big physical guy. He always plays a big target. They utilize him quite a lot in the red area.”
If the only Miami game that you watched was against the New York Jets Monday night, then you saw a completely different Marshall than Fox described. He dropped a surefire touchdown pass and also ran out of bounds when he caught a pass near the sideline that would have easily gone for a touchdown.
Marshall is better off a Dolphin. His off-the-field antics were too much for a Denver team that needed to rid itself of the drama (McDaniels included).
As Bailey and Marshall butt heads down the football field, only one guy will emerge the winner.
With the Broncos pass rush enhanced thanks to Von Miller, Dolphins’ QB Matt Moore certainly won’t have much time to spot Marshall, particularly if he’s covered by Bailey.
The Broncos got rid of a Brandon this week and they will attempt to beat another on Sunday.