So far the off-season for Miami Dolphins star WR, Brandon Marshall has been one of controversy. From the stabbing he took from his wife to his refusal to cooperate with the police investigation and through his recovery that has kept him from working out with his teammates in player organized training. So while all that publicity has done little to speak of his readiness for the 2011 season, if there is one, word now has surfaced from the Marshall camp that he is not only healthy but has regained his speed.
A 22.5 MPH speed.
According to Omar Kelly who spoke with FitSpeed, Inc. trainer Matt Gates, Marshall has been running a sub 4.5 40 and is running 22.5 MPH on a treadmill. In 2006 prior to entering the NFL Draft, Marshall was running 19 MPH on the tread.
How this will translate to his game day preparedness will be left to conjecture until the lockout is lifted and Marshall returns to Miami to begin working out with his team. Thus far he has refused due to the legal issues that arose with his wife. Regardless, Marshall is one of the more dynamic WR’s and talents in the NFL and the only thing that really was lacking last season was the inability of he and QB Chad Henne to stay on the same page of the playbook.
Many criticized the play calling of former OC Dan Henning for the lack of offensive production. The offensive play or lack there of by Chad Henne made matter worse and by the end of the season Marshall was stirring up the pot of trouble on the field. One thing is for certain, it will be the task of new OC Brian Daboll to get his unit on the same page and open it up so that Marshall doesn’t melt down as the season progresses. Whether that comes with Henne or a yet to be signed free agent remains to be seen.