Dolphins-Jets: Silent Byron Maxwell gets last word on Brandon Marshall

Byron Maxwell has turned his season around. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)
Byron Maxwell has turned his season around. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

MIAMI GARDENS–Byron Maxwell heard it all week from Brandon Marshall, a man he’d faced just once in his career prior to this afternoon, and Marshall immediately restarted the conversation when they lined up against each other on the first play of the game.

Marshall complained during the week that Maxwell commits holding on every play, an attack that caught Maxwell by surprise, and opened the day by letting him know everything he intended to do to him. Maxwell said little in return, consistent with his personality, and stayed glued to Marshall throughout Miami‘s 27-23 victory. Marshall finished with six catches for 45 yards and failed to reach the end zone.

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“I don’t say anything, but he was talking,” Maxwell said. “I’m here and I’m focused. I’m locked in. What you say don’t matter, to be honest with you, so let’s go. Nothing’s going to change. I’m gonna still be here.

“It don’t matter what he says. He can say what he wants to say. I’m still gonna be here and do what the coaches ask of me. You can talk all you want. You’re really just blowing hot air, dude. Whatever, though. I’m looking at him like, ‘Whatever.’”

As mystified as Maxwell was by Marshall’s pre-game comments, his constant jawing during play seemed even more pointless.

“I don’t know, I guess he thinks he’s gonna intimidate somebody by talking,” Maxwell said. “I don’t know why he does it, but I’m not doing it.

“I don’t know why he do that. But 11 years is a good career, so it might work for him.”

Marshall’s attack during the week went deeper than just angling at the officials. He praised the Eagles for dumping Maxwell on Miami in an off-season trade and said he was “excited for this match-up” because he believed the Dolphins acquired Maxwell solely to stop him. He added, “I don’t know him, but I don’t like him.”

It was another impressive performance by Maxwell, who struggled so badly in the first month of the season that he was benched in Week 4. He has rebounded and established himself as Miami’s most reliable cornerback.

“I feel really good,” he said. “My confidence is based on wins and what my team is doing. As long as we’re winning, I feel great.”

Marshall, not surprisingly, wasn’t done talking even after the Jets lost.

“He was exactly who I thought he was,” Marshall said of Maxwell. “He’s a holder. He’s a grabber. That’s not how you play football.”

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