As we know by now, Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter has a weekly habit of picking out his "huckleberry" before every game, and assigning himself the duty of making that players life a living hell for three hours on Sunday afternoons. Sometimes it's a running back, sometimes it's a kicker, sometimes it's guys like Broncos Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall, as was the case on Sunday.
If Porter plays for your team, and his antics are paying dividends on the field, it can be hilarious and comedy gold. If he's not playing for your team, it grates on your ears like those Toyota saved by zero commercials. Only worse.
Marshall, the explosive Broncos receiver, was held to just two catches on Sunday -- not counting the long touchdown pass that was called back on a penalty, of course -- and Porter thinks he knows why: voices in his head! And because he's soft, or something.
"He's one of those guys that if he don't get the ball in the first two series in the first quarter, he's out of it," Porter said. "He had 18 catches in a game before. So he's not used to going the whole first half with no balls. We got in his head and he pretty much was done. I didn't get inside his head, we just were talkin'. He got in his own head. He was done," Porter said. "He's one of those soft receivers, where he has to have the ball all the time. If he don't get it, he's going to mope and cry. He did it to himself."
Porter always brings his A-game in the trash-talking department, and in recent years he hasn't really signed the extensive checks his mouth has been willing to write. That's all changed this year. With his sack today, Porter has already matched his career-high (10.5) and is pretty much a slam dunk to set a new personal best. He's also forced three fumbles, while recovering four. I'm pretty sure I speak for a large majority of football fans when I say, Man ... didn't see that coming.
Meanwhile, back to Marshall and the Broncos for a minute. He wasn't exactly thrilled with the play of his teams offense -- or defense -- on Sunday, and didn't exactly sugarcoat his thoughts as he channeled his inner-T.O.
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"When the quarterback sees 1-high or cover-1 (coverage), he's got to be on the same page as me and get the ball to me," Marshall said. "But it's a team game, and oh, well." Asked about Denver's inability to make Miami pay for stacking the line with eight men in the box - the Dolphins held the Broncos to 14 yards on 12 carries - Marshall took shots at both his offense and defense. "I mean, when I look at it, it's common sense. If I was a receiver going against our defense and they're stacking the box and we're playing a 1-high defense and eight in the box, and the DBs are 10 yards off of me, I'm going to catch 10, 12 balls a game," Marshall fumed.
He then went on to give tips to the Broncos secondary on how to cover some guy that he couldn't name (Greg Camarillo). It's common sense, guys. Common sense!
"It's simple. Tighten up the coverage and just play ball. It's simple. It's real simple. They don't need to be 10 yards off. Tighten it up. You see they don't do that against us. The reason why is because a receiver will kill them. I don't even know the name of that receiver. Don't know it."
What's-his-face (Camarillo) caught 11 passes for Miami, by the way.
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