There’s an art form to getting away with pass interference — offensive or defensive — in the NFL. Essentially, it’s about not being caught.
So when Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall applied the “Jordan Rule” to Darrelle Revis this week, it was met with some skepticism by the Jets’ four-time Pro Bowl cornerback, who said the 6-foot-4 receiver does his share of pushing off.
OK, so both players break the rules. But what Marshall did accomplish is putting the attention on Revis before Sunday’s matchup.
“He got the Jordan Rule,” Marshall told “NFL Total Access” on Thursday. “I put it out there before the game, so now all eyes are on the refs and that island that we’ll be on this weekend. … Hats off to Darrelle, though. He earned it.”
If there’s any blame to place on Marshall, it might be that he’s too honest. In any case, he didn’t back off his initial take that Revis gets calls.
“They asked me a question about the play, and my first response was that I could have had better technique,” Marshall explained, referring to Revis’ 100-yard interception return for a touchdown on a pass intended for Marshall in Week 6. ”But, with that being said, whenever you’re going against a guy like that, with that big of a name and that much talent, there is a little favoritism.”
Marshall even got some backup from Ravens safety Ed Reed. Sometimes, it just is what it is.
“It’s hard to argue that,” Reed said of Marshall’s take. “They’re not going to call it all the time. Revis is a hell of a cornerback; you can’t take anything away from him. On that particular play, there was a hold.”