NFL betting handicappers are impressed with quarterback Chad Henne as he enters 2010 in his 2nd season as starter with a new NFL gambling asset in Brandon Marshall.
Marshall arrives in Miami from the Denver Broncos where he frequently clashed with rookie head coach Josh McDaniels last year. Marshall arrives with the reputation of having plenty of talent but also plenty of attitude.
The Dolphins believe the change of venue is what Marshall needs to thrive as a bona fide number one receiver and game breaker.
“We think Brandon is one of those special receivers who changes everything around him,” said Miami head coach Tony Sparano. “I think his approach to the job is tremendous. I really do. As I said before, this guy prepares like a pro, goes hard in practice all the time.”
Marshall has impressive numbers to back up the lofty expectations for him this year. He has averaged 102 catches and 1236 yards with almost 8 touchdowns per season for the past three years. It is that type of production that has raised expectations that Miami can turn a profit with the NFL betting odds this year.
“My job with him is to get it out quickly and let him do the work,” said Henne. “You see how he runs so hard. It doesn’t take much for him to get open and then to do something with the ball on his own.”
That being said there is also the Marshall that has been arrested for assault, domestic violence, driving under the influence of alcohol along with battery and disorderly conduct. He has at times come off as the poster child of what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is attempting to crack down on.
With a $47.5 million contract Marshall is expected to improve Miami’s performance with the NFL betting lines. But there are many skeptics that think it’s not a question of if but when he will have another incident.
For his part Marshall is happy and has high expectations for his team and himself heading into the 2010 NFL betting season.
“This is the first time in four years that I’ve gone into a season or a training camp where I was completely happy,” said Marshall. “I want to compete at the highest level on a consistent basis.”