Where Was Marino’s Defense?

15 Feb

A bit of a quiet time for current Dolphins news, so how about some good old fashioned hindsight griping before your Tuesday drive home?

Dan Marino spent ten of his seventeen years in the NFL with Miami’s defense ranked in the bottom half of the league. We went back to look at those seven years when the Dolphins fielded an above average defense. Not necessarily a great defense, mind you. Just one that kicked and scraped its way into the top half of the overall rankings.

This happened seven times in Dan’s career, 83-85, 90, 92, 95, and 98. In those seasons the SoFlo Sea Mammals fielded, on average, the 7th ranked defense in the NFL.  Dan Marino’s record during those seasons? An incredible 81-35. That’s only five losses a year on average, including the playoffs.

Again, we all know Dan Marino held up his end of the bargain for the duration of his incredible career. But imagine how much damage he might have done if the Sea Mammals had shown some consistency on the defensive side of the ball.

Thanks again, Dan, for leaving it all on the field.

"Do you guys deliver nose tackles?"



















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4 Responses to “Where Was Marino’s Defense?”

  1. Rich in Toronto February 16, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    Great story. I did some digging this year to see how Marino’s defenses and running game compared to the other ‘great qbs’. I took it one step further and felt that the defense had to finish in the top 10 in both points and yards (b/c if the defense is giving up a lot of yards, the qb is on the sideline). With the running game, was there someone or at least a strategy in place to take the pressure off the qb? Here are the results:

    Top 10 Defense (Pts & Yrds) 3
    Top 10 Rushing (Yrds) 0
    1,000 Yrd RB 1

    Farve Elway Manning Montana Brady Kelly
    5 5 2 8 4 3
    4 7 1 7 2 9
    12 8 9 4 3 8

    Funny that Brady and Manning are the only ones that come close, but there careers aren’t done yet, so they still have time to play for some great teams. I’d really love to see some of these qbs play on some of the garbage teams that Miami had during Marino’s years…

    • dodgeguy February 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

      yeah and what alot of people don’t realize is those #s are scewed because when marino was slingin’ it he might be up 21-3 @ the half and the other team bails on it’s gameplan and throws with him and we get the cheap picks which makes us look good on paper. just like when san fran whipped us in 84 the D was ranked 4th overall, because of dan.they really were never that good. all the good teams could keep him on the sidelines and eat clock ’cause we couldn’t stop a nosebleed rushing wise.look at what buffalo did to us all the time…they called joe robbie rich stadium south, ’cause thermal would run through at least 7 arm tackles on the way to about 185 yds a game. i could go on.

  2. dodgeguy February 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    dan in reality never had better than a 20th ranked D in all his 17 seasons except maybe once or twice when cox coleman oliver and those guys were around. we actually had 4 probowlers on one D team at the same time!BUT AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT dan’s achilles went and we never really recouped from that time.he’s the only guy who the opposing D’s knew what we were doin’ and still could do nuttin’ about it! that’s a q.b. he should be ranked ahead of most of the q.b.’s in the 100 greatest PLAYERS of all time.those guys should be ashamed of themselves, they know it’s a team sport when it comes to superbowls and not the individual! DAMN NOW I’M PISSED! sorry for ramblin’ (we) all know how great he really was!!

    • Dan Ewen February 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

      Here’s a killer stat. In Dan Marino’s playoff exits, our D allowed 34ppg and we ran for an average of 51 total yards. Are you freakin’ kidding me?

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