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Richard Marshall Adds Versatility for Bolts
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When Richard Marshall was shockingly released by the Miami Dolphins last week, he became a hot commodity on the open market, receiving a lot of attention from several teams
Luckily for the Bolts, the cornerback decided his best move was to become a Charger.
“There are a lot of reasons why I thought this was a good fit,” he said in the locker room after his first practice in San Diego. “I’m closer to home and closer to my family and that feels good, but it’s also a good fit on a good defense.”
As such, the Chargers are happy to have him on board.
“(Marshall’s) a great addition to our football team,” said head coach Mike McCoy. “We are trying to add any player who can help us win football games. There are a lot of coaches who have worked with him whether it was Carolina, Arizona or Miami. So he’ll be a good addition.”
In his first seven years in the league, Marshall recorded 451 tackles, 57 passes defensed, 18 interceptions and seven sacks over his career. Originally a second-round draft pick (58th overall) by the Panthers out of Fresno State in 2006, Marshall spent the first five years of his career in Carolina. His final two years there came under the tutelage of Chargers secondary coach Ron Milus, who held the same position with the Panthers. After leaving Carolina, Marshall spent 2011 with the Arizona Cardinals under the guidance of Chargers Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who was the team’s head coach at the time. Not surprisingly, Milus and Whisenhunt’s presence on the Chargers played a factor in his decision to come to San Diego.
“Them being here did play a role,” Marshall said. “Coach Milus was my cornerback coach in Carolina for two years so we are really familiar with each other. Then Whisenhunt was my head coach when I was with Arizona for one year and coach (Kevin) Spencer was also the special teams coach there, so I know those guys pretty well. They know the type of players they are getting out of me. Coach Milus knows what’s best for me. He knows my strengths and weaknesses so coming here wasn’t only closer to home and my family, but having them here was a big part of it as well.”
Not only does Marshall boast experience of playing at a high level, he is a versatile player capable of playing multiple roles in the secondary.
“I try to learn as much as possible,” he said. “I have had the opportunity to work at several different positions in the secondary with the teams I have been with. The thing with me is once I learn it, I’ll be fine… I mainly played corner but would slide over to nickel. I also played a little safety toward the end of camp (with the Dolphins).”
Most importantly, Marshall is confident in his abilities and believes he will make an impact right away on defense. What he needs to get down first is the language the team uses, and that’s where a player such as Eric Weddle shines as a leader.
“I think I’m good at covering and coming up to make the tackle,” Marshall said. “The most important thing for me right now is to learn the terminology. Things are similar, but the names are different. Having Eric Weddle back there has been good for me. He has already helped me out a lot.”