Monday, August 08, 2005

The Marino Myth?

When comparing Young to Marino, Dolphin fans may quickly point out how Marino had no support. This article from last year investigates this claim and argues that Marino didn't have it so bad. Careful reading this in South Florida; this article could get you arrested. Some highlights from the article:
  • These DollFans are weak and disoriented. It’s easy to beat them into a fetal ball. Tell them that Marino, the greatest player in Miami history, is an overrated fraud. With any luck, they’ll have an instant apoplectic seizure. If not, they may fight back like a desperate rat trapped in a corner.
  • He holds records in every meaningful career and single-season statistical category. But he never got it done in crunch time, and his failure to win a Super Bowl is a black mark in Miami history. Marino is, quite simply, the greatest player in North American sports never to win a championship....DollFans have created an entire Mythology of Marino to explain this failure. They say he had no defense, no running game, no supporting cast. It sounds good on paper, but it’s just not true.
  • Marino joined Miami at a time when it had a reputation of being the best ground team in football. In fact, the year before Marino was drafted, the Dolphins made it all the way to the Super Bowl on the strength of a great running game and great defense....It would be disingenuous to say that the Dolphins were a great running team later in Marino’s career. Of course, much of that can be attributed to too few rushing attempts and a misguided faith placed in Marino’s arm.
  • In his 17-year career, Marino played with 55 players named to the Pro Bowl.
  • If any quarterback in NFL history walked into an ideal situation in which to win a Super Bowl, it was Dan Marino.
  • In fact, Marino threw at least one interception in 13 of his 18 career playoff games. He threw two or more interceptions 10 times. The Dolphins went just 1-9 in those 10 Marino multi-interception playoff games....So, DollFans, if you're looking for a reason why Miami never won a Super Bowl in the 1980s or 90s, look no further than the faded Dan Marino poster still taped to the ceiling over your bed.

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