Marshall One Frustrated Man

He hasn't lost it yet, but Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall made no effort to hide his frustration Sunday after coming up short yet again against an elite opponent. Marshall had called Sunday's game a "defining moment," so he was admittedly ticked at the Dolphins' 26-10 loss at Baltimore.

"I think it's obvious right now we can't beat the great teams," Marshall said. "We can't beat the good teams. We just shoot ourselves in the foot when we're on a big stage."

With Tennessee up next at home on Sunday, the Dolphins dropped back to .500 halfway through their season. They have defeated just one team that currently has a winning record (Green Bay), and their four wins have come against teams with a combined 10-21 (.323) record.

In their losses, the Dolphins have faced four teams with a combined 23-8 (.742) mark.

"Now there's some frustration," Marshall said. "This is the fourth good team that we've gone up against. It just wasn't good enough."

The Titans, now featuring Randy Moss and coming off a bye week of their own (as the Ravens were), will be another one of those good teams, joining previous Dolphins tormentors from Pittsburgh, New England and New York (Jets).

None of that will change if the Dolphins don't find more ways to get the ball to the Marshall, who was held to a season-low 30 receiving yards on five catches while being targeted just eight times. The $50 million weapon was held to two catches for 8 yards after halftime, but declined several opportunities to question the play-calling of offensive coordinator Dan Henning or the conservative overall philosophy of his new team.

"It's my first year here," Marshall said, "and Coach Henning and Coach (Tony) Sparano's formula for winning may be a bit different than where I come from, and I'm fine with that."

Marshall should be used to it. He never made the playoffs with the Broncos, either. In fact, he's never been a key contributor to a winning NFL team, unless you count the 20 catches he made as a rookie on a 9-7 Denver team that missed the postseason.

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