Dan Marino on Suck for Luck: "That's Just Ridiculous"

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Suck for Luck fever has struck the Miami Dolphins fan base in part because the team hasn't had a decent pigskin slinger since Dan Marino. Yeah, well, Marino thinks purposely tanking for the number one pick in the next NFL draft is "ridiculous." Perhaps he has a point. He was far from a number one pick himself.

Marino was on Joe Rose's show on WQAM this morning and was asked about the campaign.

"You got to win games," Marino replied. "That's what your job is -- that's the franchise. You don't go out there trying to lose games. That's just ridiculous. If that does happen, then you look at who's the best possible player.

"Usually, if you can get a franchise-type quarterback that's going to be around for ten years, that's probably what direction you should go," he continued. "But you're not going to know that for quite awhile, and you might not even know Andrew Luck -- what's going to happen with him during the season."

The man does have a point. Who really knows if Luck would pan out or if he'll remain healthy. For every quality QB who's selected first overall, like a Manning or an Elway, there's also a JaMarcus Russel and a Tim Couch. Then there's your surprise superstars like Brett Favre and Tom Brady who weren't selected anywhere near the first round.

The Dolphins certainly didn't have to, uh, play "lame-ino" for Marino. They were defending AFC champs when they selected him 27th overall, and of the five QBs picked before him, only John Elway had a career in the same league.

The Dolphins certainly have a lot of other problems to contend with as well -- starting with coaching, perhaps including the general manager position, and extending elsewhere on the field to positions such as running back. Of course, all of that means the team will likely find itself with a high draft pick regardless, though we might have to settle for limping toward Landry or bungling for Barkley.

But as Marino points out, the franchise's job is to win games, not number one picks, and regardless of whether we win the Luck sweepstakes, there's still a hell of a lot the team must do to reach Marino-era greatness.

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Alex Pittman
Alex Pittman

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LouSanis
LouSanis

Of course Marino cannot openly advocate losing on purpose. It opens up the possibility of gambling issues. Still it doesn't change the fact that Sparanus, Jeff the drunk Ireland, and Ross the clueless Boss must be gone by season's end.

Cjac1
Cjac1

Miami just needs coaching to know how to use the talent they have. and biggest problem is obviously the quarterback. Henne is not an elite quarterback and it takes one to win in this league. As far as the rest of the offense we have good weapons just draft a good quarterback or find someone who can!

Nick
Nick

Ok, I am personly on this suck for luck campaign, and I keep hearing the same thing to defend that this is a stupid idea and that is " what if luck stays?" People if he stays we draft a great defenive player! we can do what the Lions did, we are just like them before they go all them first round picks. We just need a GM and Coach who can judge talent better! and stop making Miami the rest home of Ex-Dallas talent! WAKE UP MANAGMENT!

Lester_eece
Lester_eece

nope we just grab landry jones he will be imo as good as andrew luck 1a  ,,,  landry jones 1b

Trevpac16
Trevpac16

Unfortunately I don't believe that we need to try and lose games on purpose to get Andrew Luck. We do just fine trying to win games! Suck for Luck time! Hopefully we end up with Dan Marino Lite.

James O
James O

Thumbs Up to this! haha.

James O
James O

I 100% agree with Dan Marino here. It is absolutely absurd for a franchise to purposely lose games in order to get one unproven player. Let's say Miami did purposely tank this year, then the end of the season comes around and--oops, Andrew Luck decided to stay in Stanford. Anyone who says we should purposely loose games (yes, I am a Miami Dol-Fan) has no true football experience at any level. That is why they are calling the shots and not any of us. That is why all we can do is comment on these stupid articles. Do I want Luck, yes. But no need to loose games in order to get him. If we really want him we can trade up for him.

D-FAN
D-FAN

why would he stay in stanford?? he is gonna be the #1pick, he is not going to risk getting injured in college. SUCK FOR LUCK ALL DAY. or its gonna be lose more with moore...

C Me
C Me

Dan, you have been my icon forever.  I began as a Dolphin fan very young when the team enjoyed success..... I was thrilled when you became our greatest QB.  But I have to disagree here.  You, yourself, only fell to 27th because of unfounded and nasty rumors.  If they never existed you'd have gone top 10, top 5; certainly ahead of all those other QBs selected ahead of you (other than probably Elway).  Yes, as a professional PLAYER you go out there and do your best to always win.  But where does the organization come in to providing the goal for the present and more so... the FUTURE???  This team is not getting better.  In fact, it got worse.  We haven't be relevant since you last played.

That isn't just a coincidence.

Yes, the players need to do their jobs... but the organization needs to override in this situation and make it that we get that franchise QB we haven't had since you retired.  It isn't about the present... it's about the FUTURE and bringing this once great franchise back into the prominence and excitement it should possess and provide.

Melody Mackey
Melody Mackey

Don't agree at all with this article. Times have changed the need for a pure passing qb is more and more evident Carolina gave up two of their top picks in the draft to get Jimmy Clausen and Cam Newton and they think they found one in Newton. They aren't afraid to pull the trigger and neither should us Fin Fans! Suck for Luck! Don't let these media types fool ya! And Daniel Thomas was showing signs of life in that Cleveland game before he got injured. So, not worried about the run.

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