It would not be Dolphins-Jets week if there was not a little bit of public feuding between the two teams heading into their final meeting of the season. Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall stepped to the plate, accusing Jets CB Darrelle Revis of getting unfair treatment from referees on Wednesday.
Marshall thinks Revis gets a little too much leeway regarding contact with receivers, saying Wednesday that Revis benefited from a push-off on an interception made in their first meeting this season.
"You know what my technique could have been better," he said when asked about the play, "but at the same time I think they gave him the 'Jordan Rule.'" In the first quarter of that game, the Dolphins were in the red zone, but Revis intercepted a Matt Moore pass intended for Marshall and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead. Miami would only score 3 more points that night, while the Jets cruised to a 24-6 victory.
"[If] you get a little close to Michael Jordan they are going to call a foul, it works that way in football," Marshall explained. "Some guys you know they are scared to throw the flag on and [Revis] may be getting that rule."
Marshall went so far as to assert that a less regarded corner would have been flagged on that play "nine times out of ten."
"I am one of the faces of football, but it’s not as big as Darrelle’s, so when they have to pick, they pick Darrelle."
In his fifth season, Revis is widely regarded as the top cornerback in the NFL. He was named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl earlier this week.
Revis thinks Marshall protests too much, though. He said Thursday, "[Marshall] is a good receiver; he pushes off."
"Both sides do things all the time," he added. "There's a lot of holding out there. There's a lot of pushing off out there."
Indeed, it would be more surprising if two all-star players didn't accuse each other of breaking the rules. When it comes to receivers and cornerbacks, the greatest ones are usually those who can get around the rules every so often.
Regardless, the absence of former Dolphins LB Channing Crowder had us worried that the Dolphins would not get in as much trash talk with their most hated rivals this season. Thankfully Marshall filled Crowder's shoes, giving the fans a little bit of drama to entertain them before the Dolphins close up shop and head into the offseason.