Each one has come into a new situation with a new team ready to prove themselves all over again. Each one is talking about big seasons for themselves as well as for their respective teams.
Of course, their situations are different. Marshall will be trying to prove he's every bit of the elite receiver he was brought to Miami to be, while Tomlinson will be trying to disprove all the naysayers by showing he still has some giddy up in his step. Marshall is in his prime, while Tomlinson is at the end of his career. Marshall will be a featured receiver, while Tomlinson will be playing more of a supporting role.
So the question is: Will these players deliver the goods?
Will Marshall play like an elite WR? Will he make the tough catches when the game is on the line? Will his level of play be a difference maker for the Miami Dolphins?
And while no one is expecting LT to lead the league in rushing this season, will he nonetheless meet expectations? Will he be able to gain the yards now that he's behind one of the best offensive lines in the league? Will he show he's still a threat catching out of the backfield?
As far as confidence, the players certainly don't lack it. They seem to have taken a page from Rex Ryan on minimizing expectations.
Here's what Tomlinson had to say as quoted on ESPN's AFC East Blog:
Paolantonio asked if Tomlinson thought he would join Drew Brees and Rodney Harrison as players who left the San Diego Chargers and won a championship.
"I'll win a Super Bowl," Tomlinson replied.
With the Jets?
"Absolutely," Tomlinson added.
And here's what Marshall had to say:
Boston Globe reporter Albert Breer recently interviewed Marshall about playing for a new team after four turbulent seasons with the Denver Broncos.
"It will be the biggest year I've ever had," Marshall said. "As far as wins and production, it's going to be a big, big year. The best year I’ve had so far."
Marshall added a championship is "more than doable."
It certainly should be an interesting season. Personally, I think both players will deliver the goods and I'm looking forward to seeing all 16+ games of it. Of course, only one team can win it all and in that case I'll give LaDainian Tomlinson's team the edge. :)
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