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Miami’s Marshall Plan

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 17, 2010 – 7:29 am

Throughout his 5-year NFL career, WR Brandon Marshall has developed into an elite WR capable of changing games and deserving of special attention from opposing defenses. His ability to dominate the competition manifests itself in his imposing size (6-4, 230 pound) and far above-average speed.

The Miami Dolphins, perceived as a run-happy offense, stepped out of the box a bit this past offseason to acquire Marshall in a move designed to bolster the aerial attack, which is led by 2nd-year starter Chad Henne. But there’s a funny thing about the Dolphins acquisition of Marshall; it might actually aide Miami’s run game as much as it improves the passing attack.

“Yeah, he will probably open up the run game even more,” Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said on Thursday. “It’s hard to play a lot of single coverage now with Brandon Marshall out there. He is a prolific receiver, well accomplished and he’s been to some Pro Bowls so you have to pay attention to him. It will be a challenge for our corners and we’ll have to rise to the occasion. He’s an outstanding receiver and he’ll probably help their run game.

Injuries to Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin along with a trade that sent Benny Sapp to Miami have left the Vikings a bit thin at CB in the early part of the 2010 season. But the Vikings secondary, including 2nd-year CB Asher Allen and 9-year veteran Lito Sheppard, stepped up to play well against the New Orleans Saints pass-happy attack last weekend. Based on the fact that Frazier’s defense held Drew Brees and Co. in check fairly well, it’s reasonable to think Allen, Sheppard and Winfield can do the same to Miami’s air attack.

With all of that said, Sunday’s contest between the Vikings and Dolphins will still come down to the ground game. Click here to read about how and why Sunday’s game will serve as a barometer for Frazier and his defense…


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5 Responses to “Miami’s Marshall Plan”

  1. By soldier1986 on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    honestly are d backs are going to have a hard time covering this guy. not only is he huge, but he’s really fast. well griffin’s back up for sure would have a hard time covering this guy. lol. hopefully though, we can get r done. haha. i know we can do it. if we can keep the saints to only 14 points, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to stop the dolphins

  2. By miko on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    If Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown run the ball all day on us. I think i’m going to have a heart attack. STOP THE RUN. SO THAT WAY WE KNOW WHEN THEY’RE PASSING. COMMON SENSE CHILLY

  3. By miko on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    If Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown run the ball all day on us. I think i’m going to have a heart attack. STOP THE RUN. SO THAT WAY WE KNOW WHEN THEY’RE PASSING. COMMON SENSE CHILLY AND LESLIE

  4. By DolphaninMinnesota on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings are going down this week!! Go Miami Dolphins!!

  5. By Woodboat on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    Come on, Mike. Asher Allen did not play well vs the saints. Maybe well for him, but not good enough. He was beat deep plenty; if Brees didn’t overthrow his receiver, that 14 pts woulda been 28. Brees wasn’t even pressured on 2 throws I recall, just missed an open receiver. If Miami can pass protect and Henne can deliver the ball, Marshall will eat Allens lunch.

    The best chance the VIkes have of stopping them is stuffing Hennes earhole full of turf time and again. Get him nervous, and hopefully his aim will erode. First and foremost, stop that run, though.

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