Marshall Meets The Press

Brandon Marshall met with the South Florida media on Thursday in a press conference set up by his agent. The Dolphins' new wide receiver smiled quite a bit as he talked about how excited he is at coming home to Florida and starting with a "clean slate."

Here is what Marshall had to say:

Q: Can you talk about your reaction to the trade?

Marshall: "I don't think you guys will understand. It's an amazing feeling, my whole family is ecstatic. I've been in Orlando since little boy, born in Pittsburgh. I'm a Florida boy. The No. 1 thing is hopefully my production stays the same, continue to play well on the field. And also continue to do amazing things in the community. I think this is a great place to imbed myself in the community, where my words can actually mean something and help others."

Q. Can you walk us through when you find out a trade could happen?

Marshall: It was unreal. I didn't understand what was going on, I just sat back and kind of let it all happen on it's own. I didn't force anything. I was excited when it happened."

Were you surprised you were traded to the Dolphins considering Miami didn't seem like a potential destination earlier in the offseason?

Marshall: "I wasn't surprised. Going through this process there's a few places you may be able to pick from the go. It's all about the best fit. I think this is the best fit for me personally and professionally."

Q. What did Bill Parcells tell you when you guys spoke?

Marshall: "Bascially let's win some games. The message here is team first. I'm going to embed myself in that locker room and continue to get to know the guys. I worked out today with some of the guys and they welcomed with with opens arms. It's a great locker room. I'm just glad I'm here."

Q. Have you had a chance to meet with Chad Henne?

Marshall: "We talked today. We actually were supposed to go to lunch, but I'm here with you guys. But I plan on starting that relationship really, really soon."

Q. Do you recall the first time you spoke to the Dolphins and how many times you talked with them?

Marshall: "A few phone conversations, myself and Coach (Tony Sparano) and Bill Parcells and my agent, we just went through the process and let everything play itself out."

Q. Did the Dolphins talk to you about your past problems?

Marshall: "The Dophins did their due diligence, that's why I'm here. They got a chance to hopefully see what kind of guy I am."

Q. What kind of assurances did you give them?

Marshall: "Basically I told them who I am, they did their research. It just worked out for the best."

Q. So what kind of guy are you?

Marshall: "I'm fun, I love to have fun. I love to compete on the field. I play with a lot of emotion, a lot of passion. This game means a lot to me. It's more than just money.I play this game not just to be another guy on the field or another guy in the NFL. I play this game to be one of the best, one of the greats. With that comes with responsibility. Early on I made my mistakes and worked through those things. I continue to look myself in the mirror and continue to better myself. I'm excited about my future. The past is exactly what it is, the past. I'm here in a great locker room, great organization, great team, great coaches and the only thing I can do now is continue to get better."

Q. What do you know about Coach Sparano?

Marshall: "My type of coach, my type of guy. Of course I'm a fan of this sport. I watch Coach on the sideline get all red sometimes and just fiery. That's the kind of coach guys like myself want to play for. At the end of the day when it gets a little sticky, it's fourth quarter, you'd be willing to run through the wall for those types of coaches. He expects a lot, he expects you to put team first. It's all about winning here. I'm just excited to be part of this team."

Q. Are you ready for the rivalries in the AFC East?

Marshall: "I'm going to compete, I'm definitely going to compete. This is probably one of the most competitive divisions in all of football. I'm excited to be in this division on this team. I'm going to embrace it."

Q. How close to you think the Dolphins are from being a contender?

Marshall: "I remember two years ago when Dolphins came up to Mile High, it probably had to be one of the most frustrating games for me. That defense, man, had me playing chess out there. It was more of mental game for me. I feel like my presence on the offensive side will help guys, we'll help each other get better and push each other and compete and win some games."

Q. Can you guarantee the Dolphins you won't let them down?

Marshall: "My past is exactly what it is, the past. I've made my mistakes. But me being 26 now, I may be young to some, but now I'm considered a veteran in the NFL. I think with my my experiences in the past I can bring some of that into this locker room and help the younger guys and lean on the guys in the locker room that have been through some things and are great leaders."

Q. How good does it feel to have the new contract?

Marshall: "At the end of the day if you're not playing this game for the love or the passion, you won't be productive. You'll be miserable. As you can see when you turn on the film you can see I play with a lot of passion, a lot of emotion. I love this game. I cry over this game. It's a lot of ups and downs. But this is our jobs and you would love to have that chance to secure your family and have that stability. But at the end of the day I play because I want to have my name in the books at the end of the day and win lot of games."

Q. Can you give us a timeline on how the trade materialized?

Marshall: "I can't put an exact timeline on everything. We had a few phone conversations, my agent had a few phone conversations. We felt like this was the place for me."

Q. How long did the process take?

Marshall: Through the process you hear a lot of things. You're never sure what's going on. Once I signed my tender things happened really quick. I'm happy, I'm excited and ready to get on the field now."

Q. What did you think of the Dolphins' workout today?

Marshall: "They work, they work. In Denver, Rich Tuten the program they had was great. He was tough. Here's the same. It's a little different here how they do things. You look at this year, four weeks before the program started they had 45 to 50 guys working out. Guys just love to be together. Guys just love to work out together. I'm going to be one of those guys."

Q. What do you plan to do over the next few weeks?

Marshall: "I plan on wasting no time bettering myself and establishing myself on this team and embedding myself in this community. I think that's a big part of this whole deal. It's a responsibility that I also have to be out in the community of Dade County and Broward County and wherever else I can get to just to work with kids and whoever else may listen to me, listen to my story."

Q. Can you possibly improve on the numbers you've put over the last three years?

Marshall: "In the past there's a lot of things I didn't focus on that this offseason I will. I can reach that potential, maximize everything that's in me. I plan on this year being the best year I've had so far. I'm just excited. You look at the guys I have around me. I think it's going to be a really productive year for all of us."

Q. Bill Parcells has worked with high-profile, sometimes difficult, receivers in the past; did you talk to him about that?

Marshall: "Well, this may shock you guys, but I'm no prima donna. I like to get dirty. I'm going to get in there and mix it up a little bit. I just don't want to catch a lot of balls; I'll do whatever, if it's hitting the D-end or cracking back on a linebacker. Mr. Parcells is the type of guy that if you bust your butt and do your job, you'll get along just fine with him."

Did they ask you if you're a diva receiver, and how would you answer that question?

Marshall: "Not at all. If you just turn on film and see the way I play the game and how I approach the game, you wouldn't see that on film. The term ‘diva receiver,' honestly, you want my opinion? I don't know ... for me, receiver is the only position where you can ask for the ball. If you're a quarterback, you have the ball every play. Running back, you're going to get your 15 to 25 carries a game. Offensive linemen are blocking; without them, we don't move. But receiver is the only position you can ask for the ball, so a lot of times you guys associate a guy asking for the ball with being a diva."

Q. Did you ever ask for the ball in Denver?

Marshall: "Nah, I never had that problem and it won't start now. I'm the guy that's going to work within the offense and do what the coaches tell me and do what's needed. I'm not going to be on the sideline asking for the ball ... even though I want the ball."

Q. You said you're not a diva, but you certainly seem to have personality?

Marshall: "Yes, I do have personality. We're going to have fun down here."

Q. Davone Bess has said he won't give up number 15; is he just trying to drive his price up?

Marshall: "I haven't thought about that yet. Fifteen is the number I had for the past four years, but that's his number. I'm coming into his locker room and the only numbers I'm worried about now is the number of wins we're going to get next year. I'll be fine with 87 or any other number ... I'm not sure what number is open, so whatever number is open."

So Bess won't be able to run up the price?

Marshall: "I'm just worried about the number of wins. The jersey number will come later."

Q. Have you thought about the notion that with one more slip-up you could be facing a long suspension?

Marshall: "Not at all. I'll say it again, the past is the past. This moment now is a moment where I'm just going to embrace it and take advantage of this opportunity. I'm just excited. I'm excited that I'm here. I have a clean slate and I'm on a new team."

Q. What have you learned from the past?

Marshall: "To be more patient, to think things through and, probably the biggest thing, to be more of a professional on the field and off the field at all times. A lot of times, you're a character when you're in the NFL or in the NBA or playing a professional sport. What you see isn't always what you get. Having that spotlight on you at all times you always have to make the right decisions and say the right things, and that's something I've learned. This comes with a lot of responsibility."

Q. Could you have gone back to Denver if a trade hadn't been worked out or did you need to be traded?

Marshall: "No, I mean, last year people said the same thing but we got through the season fine, even though we had our ups and downs. Josh and I got along great. My teammates, they were great and I love them. Guys like Ryan Clady and Elvis Dumervil, Ryan Harris and Tony Scheffler, those guys were great to me and I will truly miss them."

Q. How do you feel about being the face of the franchise?

Marshall: "Are you appointing me the face of the franchise? It's easy for me. I've been playing football since I was 6 years old. I think I was born with a football in my hand and as long as I continue to do the right things off the field and stay on the track, this positive track that I'm on, the production and things that I'll do on the field is just a habit to me."

Q. How much family do you still have in Orlando?

Marshall: "Ton of people. It may not be blood relatives, but I have a lot of family ... I have a huge family here in Florida and a lot of friends."

Q. Are you ready to visit Revis Island, and what do you make of the other great wide receivers in the AFC East?

Marshall: "Starting with Revis Island, I'm not sure where that is. Revis, he's a friend of mine. Where is Revis Island? Hopefully, I'll visit there soon."

Q. What has marriage been like and how has your new wife (Michi) helped you settle down?

Marshall: "Michi, she's amazing. For me, in this short period of time, she's probably responsible for the most growth in. I came into our relationship with a lot of baggage from before, but she's just amazing. She taught me what true love is and what life is all about, and I'm thankful for her and her family and I'm looking forward to our future."

Q. What about the AFC East receivers?

Marshall: "Yeah, they're pretty good."

Q. Where do you rank in that group?

Marshall: "I've always thought that I was in a league of my own. My goal is to be No. 1. Am I that now? No. But with work and dedication, I'll get there and hopefully it'll be this year. I want to be the best receiver to play this game and the best receiver that's playing it now."

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