With all this qb talk, what made MARINO slip so far?

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  1. TheFallOfTroy54

    TheFallOfTroy54 Starter

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    i never really thought about it, but for those of you that know or were around, what made marino slip so far in the draft? why wasnt he a top 5 pick? just curious

    oh and after watchin Leinart again today, im sold on that he sucks, Drew Olson though, for some odd reason i like the guy
     
  2. Prjman

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    First post in a while, so Hi Ya'll...

    As I recall, Marino slipped in the draft because there were rumors of drug use.

    Prjman
     
  3. Dolfan984

    Dolfan984 A True Fan

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    so-so senior year, had drug rumors too I believe
     
  4. Celtkin

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    Yep, that was it.
     
  5. B-LO BABY

    B-LO BABY BUFFALO SOLDIER

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    I think that there were some unfounded rumors that he was into coke and that he was difficult to coach.

    Bet the Jets, who took Ken O'Brien and the Chiefs, who took Todd Blackledge, were kicking themselves for the next decade about missing out on Marino.
     
  6. MiamiMan147

    MiamiMan147 I'm a Rocket Man

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    There were also 5 other QB's that were considered top prospects (Elway and Kelly among them.) Since there were some doubts about him, he lasted till the 27th pick where any other year he doesn't make it out of the top 10.
     
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    i believe he had knee injuries too to coincide with the drug use.....
     
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    Anyone who saw the cannon that Dan Marino displayed in college can't be amazed at all the passing records he established in the NFL. What is surprising is that five teams thought they were selecting a better quarterback than Marino in the 1983 draft. With the Miami Dolphins picking late in the first round, they didn't even work out Marino, part of the Quarterback Class of '83 that is recognized as the finest in history. Coach Don Shula didn't give the University of Pittsburgh quarterback much thought. "I never dreamed we'd get a shot at him," he said. [​IMG] [size=-2]Dan Marino had one of the greatest seasons ever in 1984.[/size]


    But when he still was available at No. 27, Shula picked Marino, disregarding the rumors of his drug use (never proven) and his throwing more interceptions (23) than touchdown passes (17) in his senior season. "When he was there," Shula said, "I wasn't about to let him get away."


    With his golden arm and lightning-quick release, Marino became the most prolific passer in NFL history - the all-time leader in touchdown passes (420), yardage (61,367), completions (4,967) and attempts (83,58) when he retired on March 13, 2000 after 17 seasons. The 6-foot-4 quarterback set up in the pocket and dared defenses to stop him.


    "You were basically at Dan's mercy," said Ronnie Lott, the Hall of Fame defensive back. "All the great ones see the game so quickly that when everybody else is running around like a chicken with his head cut off, they know exactly where they want to go with the ball. It's like they see everything in slow motion."


    In his second season in the league, No. 13 made it look like a game of two-hand touch. Two records he set were especially staggering: 48 touchdown passes and 5,084 yards...


    Link:

    http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016179.html
     
  9. cnc66

    cnc66 wiley veteran bad spelur

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    It was rumoured Danny was snortin' coke on the party circuit.
     
  10. TheFallOfTroy54

    TheFallOfTroy54 Starter

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    damn he had 23 ints and 17 tds his senior year? wow, thats terrible
     
  11. rothshunger

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    I thought everyone was doing coke in 82 :rofl3:
     
  12. Dolfan984

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    A lot of the better Pitts plays graduated a year before Marino. He was real good his junior year.
     
  13. dolfan_101

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    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    Never heard anything about injuries playing a part in it before
     
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    popularwar Perennial All-Pro

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    I never heard of drug rumors for Marino.

    I feel so young.
     
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    Yeah, the team was a real party bunch his senior year. And Marino got tagged as the poster child, even though his teammates to this day say he didn't partake. That was the biggest reason, along with his subpar senior year.

    His mechanics were always considered unorthodox. But Jackie Sherril told him best. "Don't ever let anyone change the way you throw the ball". :)
     
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    I was waiting for someone to state the reality of the times about that.
     
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    We went into this in another thread, but there were two big reasons Dan dropped to us - and then some minor ones.

    The two big ones were 1) His senior year was a let down and many questioned his mechanics, thinking they had gotten off track or that he had always had bad mechanics.... they were unorthodox.

    2) There were rumors that the USFL wanted to make Dan their prime-time hero. Some teams, particularly the money-tight teams, were afraid that the USFL was going to throw them into a bidding war for Dan if they drafted him and that he would end up costing too much.

    Most coaches/personnel guys willing to talk about it give different reasons. But those were the biggest.

    I think anyone who says they didn't draft Dan because of drug rumors is covering for their blunder. If makes them look much better if they tell you that than they tell you they thought he wasn't worth it.
     
  19. campeonaso

    campeonaso Seasoned Veteran

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    i was just about to say that exact same thing
     
  20. jlfin

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    Rumors of drug use and a low Wonderlic score scared many teams off.
     
  21. rafael

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    There were 3 main reasons.

    First his senior year was horrible. His wrs graduated and his stats sufferred. He forced a lot of throws (reading defenses was never his strength). People questioned his mechanics. They were unique and unorthodox.

    Second there were the coke rumors.

    Third his wonderlich score was terrible. Combine that with a player forcing passes and people wondered if he was smart enough to figure out NFL defenses.

    After his junior year he was the #2 prospect behind Elway. After his senior year he definately dropped behind Kelly on everybody's board and behind Blackledge on some. The Ken O'Brien pick by the Jets came out of left field.
     
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    The Pittsburgh Steelers would have had 8 or 9 rings now had they drafted Marino...their loss was our gain. :)

    Dan Marino....Best Ever!!!!
     
  23. Mike13

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    Thats exactly it.
     
  24. GridIronKing34

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    Aaaand Miami was the place for him to go?! :lol:
     
  25. Marino13fanboy1

    Marino13fanboy1 Legend in his own mind

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    I'm wondering how his wonderlic score was so low. He wasn't a dummy.
     

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