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MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 26: Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins shouts during a game against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Mark it down: The average Miami Dolphins will make the playoffs.
"We have a Dolphins team that will be in the playoffs and will contend in the championship game," Marshall said in an interview with Michael Irvin's radio show Tuesday. "This is not a Tim Tebow moment. We have what we need to be a championship team. Guaranteed, from here on out we will compete, we won’t lay down and we’ll make the plays necessary to win the game.”
Marshall is right. This isn't a Tebow moment. The Dolphins don't have Duke, Ole Miss or FAMU on its remaining schedule.
And Marshall isn't Tebow. He has only one touchdown catch after scoring the most lucrative wide receiver contract in NFL history during the off season.
Sure, some fans will love the confidence Marshall has in his new teammates, but very little would hint that Miami is ready for a turn around that will lead to a deep playoff run.
Miami's four losses come against arguably the four best teams in the AFC and they have only beat one team with a winning record. In truth, the Dolphins beat the bad teams and lose to the good ones. That's the mediocre team way.
And when it's time to make winning plays in crunch time, the Dolphins are at their mediocre-est. Marshall has been the leader of the pack in that regard, coming up smallest in the biggest moments.
This wishful thinking playoff run is supposed to start this Sunday at home versus the Tennessee Titans, another team the Dolphins will have to catch and pass to have a shot at the postseason. Mind you, the Dolphins have yet to win in front of the home crowd this season.
Marshall should probably focus more on getting open and catching touchdown passes than spewing guarantees on radio airwaves.
If he wanted to be like Tebow, he could have just stayed in Denver.