Brandon Marshall says it was Devin Smith he got "into it" with

Brandon Marshall clarified his comments on the player that he "got into it" with on Sunday

FLORHAM PARK: Brandon Marshall has always been one to wear his emotions on his sleeves. When he's happy, all will know he's happy. When he's upset, well, many will feel his displeasure, too. 

Speaking Tuesday during his appearance on 'Inside the NFL,' Marshall spoke of how he "got into it" with one of his teammates in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots. On Wednesday, Marshall identified that teammate as rookie wideout Devin Smith, and also go into what exactly led to the outburst.

"At the receiver position, communication is always key," Marshall said. "So, time was ticking down, trying to figure out who's on and off the ball, we got it all squared away. We'll start communicating better moving forward." 

After the Jets recovered an onside kick to set the team up at the New England 49 with 14 seconds to play and down seven points, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick fired a pass 12 yards down the field and to Eric Decker. Decker made the grab, then fell to the ground. With the clock ticking down, and no timeouts, Fitzpatrick hurried the Jets to the line to spike the ball. 

The team got set, well sort of, and clocked it with still a second left. It looked as if the Jets would have one last shot at the end zone. That was until a yellow hanky was seen on the field. 

Marshall had failed to get set before Fitzpatrick snapped it. The result was not only a five-yard penalty, but also a 10-second runoff. The game was over, and Marshall was seen yelling at Smith as he walked near the line. 

"It's just high emotions," Marshall said. "You lose a game like that, there's a lot of emotion and sometimes you just need time to cool off. That happens every Sunday on every sideline. (Smith) was saying, 'Hey, it's clear I'm on the ball,' and I was saying, 'I see that, but we just gotta communicate.'

"I've been in the league a long time. There's a certain way I'm used to doing things, and a certain way he's used to doing things. It's good to be able to talk through things."

Marshall said he and Smith continued to discuss the play not only on the field, but in the locker room after the game. The big-bodied wideout assured all is ok between he and the rookie. 

"We're definitely looking forward to (Smith) stepping up and making plays," Marshall said. "We need him. And I'm excited to see what he does moving forward because he's a very talented guy."


Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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