The most underrated Dolphins in history?

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  1. Lee2000

    Lee2000 FinHeaven VIP

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    Who are the most underrated Dolphins in history? This can be anyone guys, including special teams. There are several that come to mind for me. Tim Foley had a consistent performance. Irving Fryar improved dramatically with Miami. Don Nottingham was a fan favorite. There are many names that come to mind. Please come up with some of your own.

    Lee2000
     
  2. rafael

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    The first name that comes to mind is Fiedler. He was an avg. QB, but if you listen to many fans (I don't) he was always the worst QB in the league.
     
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    might sound stupid but Larry Czonka...the guy was guarenteed 4-5 yards everytime he touched the ball, no exceptions
     
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    Without a doubt Reggie Roby, best black punter in league history.

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  5. Agua

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    Howard Twilley. Too slow, too short, all he did was make 3rd down conversions, every time. He stated one time, "f I can touch it, I can catch it", and he did. Griese's $ man when the game was on the line.
     
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    Crash Jensen and OJ Mcduffie for their 3rd down conversions. Since we're talking underrated here I would have to throw in the entire No Name defense as well.
     
  7. MarinoEqualsGod

    MarinoEqualsGod The man, the myth, the legend

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    McDuffee never got enough credit around the league as he should have.
     
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    GreenMonster Never con a con man

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    Ed Perry.. Have you seen this guy long-snap.. HOF material..
     
  9. BLUESTIGIDY

    BLUESTIGIDY Too many MC's not enough MICS!

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    McDoufee, Keith Jackson, Mark Duper, Tim Ruddy, and on and on!!!
     
  10. raving

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    Nat Moore - Terry Kirby - Rusty Chambers - Ed Newman -
     
  11. Agua

    Agua Fighting the media, one lie at a time

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    Irving Fryar, Keith Jackson, Mark Duper underrated????? Hardly.

    OJ *maybe* but really there was just one season that *may* have justified his being referred to as "underrated" in the sense of the national media. Among Dolphin fans, he was hyped up to the hilt. He was good, don't get me wrong, but he got recognized for it, at least among Dolphin fans.
     
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    Nat Moore is one. The guy was a great receiver, but the Dolphins didn't throw much early in his career, and he also lost a few years of productivity with David Woodley at QB. But, look at the monster year he had in 1977 when the Dolphins opened up the passing game. And look at how good he was with Marino, late in his career.

    I think Tony Nathan was underrated. The guy was a great receiver out of the backfield, and he averaged 4.8 yards per carry for his career. Shula loved to use multiple RBs, and Tony just never got enough carries to put up big numbers. Look at his 1981 season. 50 catches for 452 yards, and 782 yards rushing (5.3 yards per carry).

    Mercury Morris is also a bit underrated. He was an amazing big play back, averaging 5.1 yards per carry for his career. Look at 1973. He ran for 954 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry with 10 TDs. Again, Shula loved to use multiple RBs, and Kiick and Csonka took carries away from Merc. It's hard to say if Mercury would have held up under the bigger workloads, but it would have been fun to see what would have happened if he had a 250 carry season while in his prime.

    Others who I think were underrated:
    Ed Newman- 4-time Pro Bowler
    Earnie Rhone- leader of the killer B's
    Bob Brudzinski- a great run stuffer
    Steve Towle- a tackling machine, 217 in 1976!
    Vern Den Herder- a very productive player for a very long time
     
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    Tommy Vigirito....the old school Wes Welker. :)
     
  14. MrClean

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    The first name to come to mind before I scrolled down the thread was Earnie Rhone, glad to see a couple of others think of him too. I also agree with Rusty Chambers and Steve Towle. A couple of others I think of off the top of my head are Norm Evans and Mark Dennard.
     
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    The whole "No Name Defense", one of the best Defense of all time and they don`t get enough credit; specially Manny Fernandez, Van Den Herder and **** Anderson . . . .
     
  16. MarinoEqualsGod

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    This is just a question, and I don't believe it to be true, but couldn't you say that Dan Marino is/was underrated because some people don't put him up there with Montana because of the super bowl thing? I think it's ludacris, but it happens.
     
  17. Agua

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    I think it's ludicrous anyone would think Marino is underrated.
     
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    I just said that :tongue:
     
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    I agree. Add a few more to that list:

    John Offerdahl, Bernie Parmelee, Marc Higgs, Keith Byars, Ron Heller, Louis Oliver, Reggie Roby and Marc Dixon
     
  20. rafael

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    Well, a local radio station in Sacramento was doing a top 5 list of the best QBs and Marino wasn't on it. He didn't even make their honorable mention. IMO they are underrating him.
     
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    I would have to say Flipper, now that was one smart dolphin.
     
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    Bryan Cox played well for us I loved his emotion just didnt like the stupid penalties.
     
  23. raving

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    After some thought...The most underrated player in Dolphin history? Earl
    Morrall! And here is why - 17-0 and he started at least 9 games + 2 playoff victories and never made a peep when Griese came back and stole his glory.
     
  24. LarryFinFan

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    Crash Jensen....he helped keep defenses off of the qbs since during his tenure we had no running game to speak of..
     
  25. LarryFinFan

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    Glenn Blackwood was another...As a DB he held the defense together in the backfield. He was the only decent DB we had at that time. He did a good job of covering up when the CBs made mistakes...
     
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    I will agree with that. Earl has my vote.
     
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    i have to go with jensen as well
     
  28. Lee2000

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    Earl and Don Strock are in the top 10 of underrated

    And Nathan isn't far behind. Tony Nathan was the team player.

    Lee2000
     
  29. Prakk

    Prakk We're the Fanchise

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    He got us there.

    Larry Seiple. Mr. Everyposition. His play alone may be responsible for us being in a Super Bowl.
     
  30. unifiedtheory

    unifiedtheory Thank you #54...

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    John Offerdahl: Yes he made the Pro Bowl all the time but people never really knew how good the guy was.

    Tim Bowens: I know some of you are saying "what?" If you want your answer about why I think he is underrated just look at our run defense last year without him...that is the only reason I think I need.

    To the poster who listed Louis Oliver....I say WHAT?!?! The guy was a big hitter but he could'nt cover anybody. If anything he was a little overrated.
     
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    nathan, jensen, strock, larry gordon, mark brown, nat moore, duriel harris, jay brophy
    just a few
     
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    brock marion never got enough credit for how he played as a dolphin. he was in a backfield that consisted of sam madison and patrick surtain. i think he should of got a lil more credit
     
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    unifiedtheory Thank you #54...

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    I'd like to add one more name.

    Dwight Stephenson. He is not talked about often enough as what he was...the best center to ever play the sport.
     
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    mark higgs...HIGGY
     
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    The whole no name defense. Every one of tham was great!
     
  36. Prakk

    Prakk We're the Fanchise

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    Dwight underrated?

    All true, and Marino was never quite as good after our "shut down" center left the game. But underrated? He was widely considered to be the best at his position during his time, and possibly the best ever.
     
  37. Joneal7

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    right now...Derrick Pope
     
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    Prakk We're the Fanchise

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    I win

    I mentioned Larry Seiple, no comment. Doesn't anyone remember how many positions he played? Running back, Tight End, Punter (mostly) and I think he could spell Griese at quarterback and was a passable DB, my memory fails on the last two and I don't recall ever seeing him in the game in those last two roles. Larry only made the brainiest gutsiest play in Dolphin History, made it work, and put us in the Super Bowl to give us a chance at that championship undefeated season. Based on these things alone, I think the award goes to Larry, because no one remembered him.
     
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    john offerdahl or however you spell it.
     
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    Jon Giesler, the guy never gave up sacks and was just a real solid all around player. Don McNeal was also a player who was as good a corner as there was at the time.
     

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