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Miami Dolphins: Why They Have Struggled Since Dan Marino’s Retirement

June 25, 2011   ·   Mark Smith   ·   Jump to comments

Since the beginning of the post-Marino era, the Miami Dolphins have struggled.
Since Dan Marino retired after the 1999 season, Miami has made the playoffs just three times, finished with six losing records, and started 15 different quarterbacks.
Eleven seasons later, the 'Fins still haven’t found a franchise quarterback, or even a consistent, dependable one. Chad Henne was supposed to be the guy, but his 13-14 record keeps me skeptical of how well he will play next season, whenever that will be.
One single decision by Miami’s front office during the 2006 offseason changed the course of NFL history. Two star quarterbacks were on the free agent/trade market, both coming off serious injuries. The Dolphins decided to acquire the player who’d torn three knee ligaments instead of the one recovering from a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Daunte Culpeper moved to Miami and promptly disappointed every Miami fan. His 1-3 record after four games would be all his...

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