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Published on 10/21/2011 at Fri Oct 21 23:11.
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Marshall and Bailey have mutual respect for each other as talented athletes. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

During the first four seasons of his career, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall earned two Pro Bowl invitations while playing for the Denver Broncos.

While in Denver (2006-2009), Marshall matched up against Broncos ten-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey in practice nearly every day.  “Probably a thousand times,” chuckled Bailey when asked how many times he lined up against Marshall in practice.

“The frustrating part is, I think I taught him a little bit.  He’s a great player, he’s grown up a lot and matured,” said Bailey on Friday afternoon.

On Sunday afternoon in South Florida, Bailey and Marshall will face off for the first time in a real game.

“I know what type of player he is and how much passion he plays with,” said Bailey.  “When you know a guy loves the game, you want to go against that guy.”

Bailey has matched up well against big-name receivers in seasons past, holding Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe to a combined one catch for six yards in two games last season (12/5, 12/12).  Marshall on the other hand hasn’t fared particularly well against top tier cornerbacks in recent weeks, having his high and low moments last Monday when matched up against New York’s Darrell Revis.

Sunday’s game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast on CBS in ten States across the country.  Bailey and Marshall will be a match up to keep an eye on, as each player’s familiarity with each other will probably play a role in their performances.

Marshall is listed as “probable” to play Sunday on the Dolphins’ injury report.  I for one hope he does play, I’d love to see if Bailey can shut him down.

  • Mike Birtwistle

    You mean there’s more people than just Tebow playing this Sunday??

  • dbroncs24/7

    I’m so sick of the Revis kool-aid, yes he is very talented but Marshall was  burning him he had six catches for over a hundred yards. The only two good plays I saw Revis have on Marshall was an illegal contact interception and a batted ball in the end zone that should have been thrown a lot higher to a 6’5 reciever 

  • areferee

    Looking ahead:

    For Broncos’ fans that lean a little toward “Anti-Tebowism”, a quote from “The Snake”, regarding Tim Tebow, courtesy of the Denver Post and Jeff Legwold:

         “I just hope people realize there is the
    need for some patience, you know?” Plummer said. “As long as the team
    plays for him, he’ll be fine; as long as those guys are thinking if
    there’s a pick or something, that’s OK, he’ll get it the next time.”

    Whether or not it happens in Miami or at home, or during some other game, this is good advice for the fans as well as Tebow’s teammates.  For a player who is effectively still a rookie, he deserves our patience.  Most of us gave Kyle Orton the better part of two year’s worth.

  • Jon

    Revis shut him down when it mattered, near the endzone. And that was not illegal contact, Marshall stumbled into him.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. However, while we are probably not playing for the #1 pick even if Tebow sucks, I’d take Robert Griffin even if Tebow looks good. 

  • areferee

    Has RG3 declared his intentions for 2012?

  • King

    Why?  If Tebow is ripping it up, that’s insanity. 

  • 5280

    Dbronc is on point!!! Jon what game were you watching. Revis got worked! That pick six was sooooooo pass interference it ain’t even funny. And That ball that Marshall dropped in the end zone had NOTHING to do with revis. He got handled on that play and Marshall simply dropped the ball. I’m so sick of people being on revises balls, it’s ridiculous. When a receiver puts 109 yards on you you got worked, and it doesn’t really matter what the argument is. Marshall killed himself in that game when it came to touchdowns and revis had no part in that. Marshall just needs to work on his hands near the goal line. In an interview on a new York radio station revis was asked about that PI and he flipped about it. He knows he got away with murder on that play and he knows he got worked. The dolphins had no other receivers, no running game, and a second string horrible QB and Marshall still put 109 yards on revis. Think about it. Give Marshall a decent team and a good QB and he’d probably make revis cry like a bitch every time he plays him. I really can’t wait to see if Bailey can shut down Marshall, because I think if he can, that should prove that revis isn’t as good as Bailey. The reason Marshall became such a good physical WR is because of what Bailey has taught him. I can’t wait to see the pupil go against the teacher.

  • Tanner Shurtz

    Where’s the love for Landry?

    What about wait a year and get Barkley?

  • Jon

    5280, I’ve played receiver and cornerback (and tight end, safety, defensive end and outside linebacker), and I have no allegiance to Revis or the Jets.

    I said that Marshall had his high and low moments in the game, his high was getting some catches and racking up yards. His low was what it’s always been, not scoring. That’s what matters in football, touchdowns, not yards (just as Kyle Orton).

    Even when he was in Denver, Marshall had three 100, 1,000 yard seasons but he’s only had 2, 7, 6, 10, 3, 1 touchdowns in his career.  Randy Moss scored 21 touchdowns in one season. Marshall has scored 29 in five (going on six) seasons.

    I respect Marshall as a talented guy that can make great catches and big plays, but Revis owned him where it mattered — near the redzone. There’s no if’s or but’s about it.

    As for the PI, Marshall slipped and stumbled into Revis and Revis held him up and tossed him out of the way. Then Revis intercepted the ball. That’s not a penalty.

    And if you think it should have been holding, jerseys grabs like that happen on every single play.  If every little jersey tug’n go was called we’d have a penalty on every play and a very long football game.

    You are probably right that Revis is overrated, but you can’t deny he is a great cornerback — just as I can’t deny Marshall is a great receiver. But, Marshall scored 0 points on Monday.


  • Anonymous

    You know there’s a reply feature, right?  

  • Anonymous

    Champ is going to OWN Marshall.   

  • Anonymous

    I would say that goes for the fans that lean towards worship as well.  

  • NDSarahU

    Guys!  Tebow to EDecker at least twice today?!/games/6caa899d-9f46-402b-b77f-3ded57ae49d8

  • Anonymous

    “Ripping it up” and looking good are two different things. If Teebs looks like he has really improved by the end of the year and is ripping it up of course there is no reason to draft a QB. RG3 might be a better prospect than Luck though so if he is available, I’d take him unless Tebow really shows something special by year end.

  • Anonymous

    No not yet but I hope he does. That kid is exciting and where he is this year as compared to last year is incredible!

  • Anonymous

    Landry makes a lot of Cutler like mistakes. Why wait a year to draft your QB that will need to learn for 2 – 3 years? That just sets the team back another year. If Barkley is available this year fine, but we can’t wait a year for him if Tebow isn’t our guy.

  • Anonymous

    Julius Thomas is out, bummer….

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