Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame Dan MarinoMay 29, 2021
Hi, I'm Brian Kenny and welcome to ESPN Classics The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame a series that takes a fresh look at sports personalities who are remembered largely for their mistakes, controversial moments or decisions On this show, we'll examine why one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history is often criticized for never winning a Super Bowl. Other advertisers haven't been as stigmatized, but Dan Marino was coached by Don Shula and Jimmie Johnson, who between them won four Super Bowls. Dan, before we begin our countdown of the
reasonswhy you can't
blameMarino for not winning a Super Bowl, let's take a look back at the brilliant career of the 17-year-old. the greatest pastor i am live Dan was so awesome you know he's such a big strong handsome guy and then that quick release and tight spiral you knew you had something special on your hands right then and there.
Before I went to watch the practice, Dan would hypnotize you. We know the beauty of the ball that comes out. You couldn't look away like a pure passer. He was the best Harris burrito to pitch. Look at you and his eyes were a little bit clearer than the home run played a lot of inaudible and you just think a guy that's like in the 1983 NFL Draft five quarterbacks were drafted before him and Moreno said about showing them those five franchises what they had. failed after passing 420 touchdowns as a rookie broke records in his sophomore year throwing for 48 touchdowns 12 more than the previous mark and for over 5,000 yards when the 1984 season began the expectations were that this team could go to the Super Bowl because we had the best young quarterback in the NFL early on and we had one-on-one matchups.
We knew we could win. We felt we could score anyone. We witnessed greatness at its highest level. I was blessed with this God who had been placed behind center and couldn't lose because he was doing things we'd never seen before fueled by Marino's passing assault the Dolphins went 14 and 2 in 1984 they didn't miss a beat in the conference playoffs crowned for a 45–28 victory over Pittsburgh in which Marino topped his 400 21 yards and four touchdowns, both AFC Championship game records. twice and they fired him four times and the 49ers wrecked 38 16 when they lost to the 49ers as much as we should have at that point and then I felt like he was going to come back at some point no I'm not going to play this game but Marino never actually came back in the last four seasons of the 1980s the Dolphins failed to make the playoffs d then over the next six years they went three and four in the postseason including zero and three against Buffalo finally after two, three or four years they learned which is fine, just force him to throw shallow, take away the deep stuff that made him any of the quarterbacks and he would eventually make a mistake in his first four years, Marino averaged thirty-six touchdown passes a season, but for the rest of his career that number dropped to 21 after the 1995 season ended in a one-sided loss in the wild card game. coach Don Shula finished his 26-year tenure with Miami his successor Jimmie Johnson said the days of reliance on the Dolphins in the past are coming to an end I think Jimmie Johnson was frustrated by Dan Marino in the sense that Dan and he became a detriment to his team with the number of interceptions he had thrown, Johnson was unable to reverse the trend on the Dolphins, the playoff frustrations continued, as did Marino's declining productivity in 1999 for the first time in his career. perceptions outnumbered his touchdowns 17 to 12 he was running out of time and patients whose questions are tough you work hard all week and lose a game like that three points for two seconds that's all toughness Moreno had a hard time feeling the fact and this was all compounded by bands and media asking him how he felt about it, that's the perception because the media gives you that perception like ma quarterback and that will always be there, you never outdo yourself or the media mind and say you win a Super Bowl Marino's latest grab for the elusive ring ended in embarrassment a 62-7 flogging by Jacksonville in the second round of the 1999 playoffs was a shell of himself passing for a paltry 95 yards and throwing two persistent interceptions for Danbury his first pass is intercepted by the time he got it the first completion it was the second quarter and his career really it had ended in Marino was easily a first-ballot hall of famer in 2005 bringing Canton the most passing records of his NFL career.
One unwavering blemish on his portfolio was that while he had won 61% of his regular season starts, he had won only 44% of his playoff games and there was the unsettling issue of the missing. sounds like, you look at someone like Tom Brady or where these guys had ways of inspiring their teammates to go a little further than who they were. I don't think we didn't have that ability. I'm not a big fan of Dan Marino. he's a hall of fame passer and pitcher he just didn't win his quarterback is responsible for winning not passing he didn't feature a lot of stats and provided a lot of excitement for a lot of people but i got this and got another one at home in the drawer and that's what counts and that's something I'll always regret not knowing what it feels like, there's no question about it, I think every time people talk about it, it's going to be one of the first things they'll say, well not you You can't win the big one no matter how well you play there's always one question you know are you really the best are you really good enough Dan Marino's legacy won't be what it should be simply because he went over 17 in Super Bowls that's the conventional wisdom behind as to why Dan Marino has been
blamed for never winning the Super Bowl when you said all the major passing records of your career and still come up empty handed, it's hard to point the finger at blame elsewhere , but before we begin our countdown of the
reasonswhy Marino isn't at fault, here are several arguments that weren't.
To make the cut, we call them the best of the rest, the 1984 49ers in just their second NFL season. Marino came up short in Super Bowl 19. He had to face a dynasty in the making. They have to win the Superbowl against the 49ers in The Tanna 49ers in their heyday and after their heyday they are as good as any team that has ever played in this league in the 49ers percussion Marino watched a surgeon at work Montana throwing those short catch-and-run spirals of his 24 completions in an MVP performance, seven went to Roger Craig from the backfield for four touchdowns, his linebackers couldn't keep up with Roger Craig every time he came out, he fell behind one of those linebackers and San Francisco exposed him to a better one.
Of the rest of the injuries in the 1990s, Marino rarely played without pain His knees went under the surgeon's knife repeatedly He had hip problems He tore his Achilles tendon and this past season suffered a cervical nerve injury The injury in the neck it was a tough injury for him both physically and psychologically because this is the first injury he has had in his career that affected his arm he couldn't throw the ball the way he wanted we are counting the top five reasons why he couldn't you can blame Dan Marino for never winning a welcome back Super Bowl without further ado let's get straight to our countdown reason number five replacing the Marx Brothers in Marino's first ten seasons he threw 290 touchdown passes and nearly half of they went to the d dynamic duo known as the Marx Brothers Mark Clayton and Mark Cooper Super Bowl in the sense that we lost some Marx Brothers and then go he lost what never had anything close to it to do again for myself since Marino lost his Road Runners in 1993 Clayton the free Agent went to Green Bay and Duper was mowing down training camp other guys would come and play with you more than with Mike when the Marx brothers are here where they were here for years and years and Danny had the opportunity to develop us. for a forward in the 1984 season when Marino set the record book on fire Clayton caught 18 touchdown passes his first of four years in double figures but after the departure of the Marx Brothers Marino never had a receiver with more than eight touchdowns in a season they went out and got mark ingram and he failed they went out and waited for tony martin to emerge and it wasn't the dauphin instead a parade of many veterans that came in after that but no one that replaced super and clayton as the favorite target one reason why four to go here is reason number four the Dolphins defense from 1984 to 1997 the Miami defense ranked in the bottom half of the league twelve times office ticket selling defense winning Super Bowls you can't stop anybody you're not going to to be simple, since the shootings tended to be fatal for Moreno and Miami.
For example, in 21 losses to the Bills between 1987 and 1999, the Dolphins gave up 29 points per game while being intimidated for 177 rushing yards on a defensive end. off the ball they were constantly trying to find their one or two or three or four stars but it wasn't built on a foundation of doubt look at their draft picks they had John Bo and Eric in the corner oh there's a whole defensive cattle call. bus through the first six to eight years of his career that really defined the fact that he wasn't going to get ranked Miami's defensive deficiencies were glaringly apparent in a 31-14 loss to New England in the Cup 1985 AFC champions modern game the Patriots rushed 59 times for 255 yards controlling the clock for 40 minutes and keeping Marino chained to the bench for his career it all comes down to four words the defenses were terrible everyone expected the defense to come to that level that could win a championship and never came.
We're counting down the top five reasons why you can't blame Dan Marino for never winning a Super Bowl. Our first two reasons got you if not. Here's reason number three: Jimmy Johnson, the architect of the Dallas dynasty. from the 1990s came out of retirement to succeed Don Shula he was going to be the one to fill out Marino's resume finally someone will give you a chance to win a championship everyone believed in Jimmy you would buy into the show and That It's the way you have to see it. Johnson's mind was set on leaving Miami because of their reliance on the Merino and he emphasized the running game, but when that failed offensive coordinator Gary Stevens, a holdover from the Shul. a regime was hanged by johnson they think what he realizes he had made a mistake he had the gary stevens file and he had the four things down to
marino's throat and it was for me the beginning of the end for the two of them Jimmy emasculated Dan by depriving him of audible eyes to meet in Dan's lab to score at the line of scrimmage I was a big part of his game Howard Schnellenberger called him asking Mozart to play the piano with one hand tied behind his back , despite the rift between the two, Marino actually talked Johnson out of retiring after the 1998 season, the truce was temporary, however soon the team town fractured, Dan is our quarterback As a starter, we've been inconsistent in that position, but we feel that way. we can make it better, he quits the job, give me the news and i mean, you know the paper is going dark one day after a while.
I became the distraction the day after that humiliating 62-7 playoff loss to Jacksonville in Janua. ry from 2000 Johnson retired saying he wanted to spend more time with his family after the death of his mother the Dolphins never made it out of the second round of the playoffs during his four year tenure when Sheila was there it was all about marina when Jim Jimmy Johnson came into that trade, so towards the end, I mean there's no running games of poor receivers and a coach that didn't necessarily believe in him, there was no way that Dan, who's going to use that, we've started to trade from opinion, if not take a look. in reason number two the Buffalo Bills were the immovable object of Miami in the last 13 seasons of Marino two bills one 21 of 30 games against the Dolphins they reached four Super Bowls in a row I remember once when the Buffalo Bills dominated the Miami Dolphins and Reno was very, very frustrated and he looked up to me and said look at his roster look at our roster you can see what I'm talking about it was a team we needed to beat in those years and they had a great football team they were just the team you know better than us against the bills between 1987 and 1999 Marino through 39 touchdown passes but also 36 interceptions in those late season games played in cold wind the last buffalo Marino had six when they got here even though the winds were swirling they would have to live and die on Dan Marino's arm at the time they couldTo lean too heavily on him, the Bills had an all-season man in Thurman Thomas, who represented perhaps the most formidable barrier between Marino and the Super Bowl, the all-around running back. tormented Miami for over 2,800 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns Thurman Thomas became the symbol for exposing them all and for frustrating Marina who wouldn't go into the Super Bowl from three playoff losses to the bills in the None of the Moreno eras were more mortifying than Miami's twenty-nine to ten loss in the 1992 AFC Championship game in their own warm backyard.
At the end of the day, the Buffalo Bills had a team made for the season, the Miami Dolphins. they had a team made to highlight the reels in the regular season but not in the postseason people say how much are the bills to blame for Marino not making it to some of those Super Bowls he'll blame that top five reasons countdown Why Dan Marino Can't Be Blamed For Never Winning A Super Bowl Here's Recap Number Five Replacing The Marx Brothers Marino Never Had Wide Receivers And Cla's Number yton for Dolphins defense was consistently inferior number three Jimmy Johnson the man who followed a legend alienated Marino number two the Buffalo Bills dominated the Dolphins welcome back to the top five reasons you can't blame Dan Marino for never winning a super bowl you've seen the reasons 5 to 2 now this is the number one reason you should fire the Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback the Dolphins put Marino down Don Shula not I was unreasonably in love with the flashing arm of quarterbacks and I thought it would be enough a Moreno was throwing so was Plan B and Plan C Marino is the equivalent of footballs to crack, you know what I mean, you start smoking it you can't stop you have to get him to keep it t throwing the ball I think Coach Shula realized their strength was when they do it once in a while I think Don Shula used the Marino's greatness as a crutch and everyone who followed the Dolphins thought the band would elevate all of Marino to greatness all the time came at a crippling price with no offensive balance during the quarterback's 17-year career, the Dolphins They led the league in passing five times, but their running game averaged a rating of just twenty seconds.
When you have a quarterback like Dan Marino, weaknesses come from the philosophy and they only get exposed in big games and tough times. The Dolphins always paid lip service to the running game, but their actions never matched his words. We used to laugh when we heard that every year we are committed to the running game. the running game they never had a running game and we knew if it came to that it would go down to number thirteen when it came down to the offensive level we thought that c He could run the ball and make amazing or quick plays really give him a chance a lot of times during Marino's tenure the Dolphins drafted 25 running backs only one Reem abdul-jabbar rushed for 1,000 yards in a single season there were so many high hopes in running back troy stratford between franklin wouldn't want bennett one after one they came tried and left in at one point probably the best broker was bernie parmalee and he was a guy they found when i was working for ups and then they decided that we were going to go with dan
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I'm sure Dan Marino would have been in another Super Bowl and would have won a Super Bowl the Dolphins. actually could have had Terrell Davis, the running back who helped John Elway win the Super Bowl, was one of several games Miami threw in the draft among the others Emmitt Smith Thurman Thomas Bo Jackson Herschel Walker a and Curtis Martin sometimes you need to run it to take the pressure off what I think we didn't have is the guy you could count on like Eggman and Smith you had a picture of Smith for the Miami offense with Dan Marino you would have to say his chances of the The way the ball would soon have risen in history have shown that quarterbacks with infinitely more modest credentials and backed by balanced attacks have won what eluded Marino all those years.
Look at Trent Dilfer in 2000 with the Ravens. if you ever put more, we know, but a team that had the Ravens defense with a 1200 you like back, could have one, two or three in a row. I couldn't get my balance back and said we need you to help. our defense and to help Dan make the most of his ability so you know I failed in that regard they had the biggest weapon in the NFL for 15 years and they really screwed it up it should have been the 49ers it could have been the Giants winning multiple Super Bowls at that t In football, I don't care how good a player is individually and Marino is a great example, if you place too much importance on your quarterback and live and die with them, you're going to die a lot more than live , Well, there you have it. are the top five reasons you can't blame Dan Marino for never winning a Super Bowl, we can't get him a Lombardi Trophy, but maybe we've helped silence the critics and let his legacy live on as one of the greats all-time NFL quarterbacks.
I'm Brian Kenny thanks for joining us
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