Posted: 8:04 pm Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Dan Marino still interested in Dolphins front office job; John Offerdahl doesn’t know if Marino is up for it
By Andrew Abramson
Dan Marino, who served as the Dolphins senior VP of football operations for three weeks in 2004 before stepping down, would consider coming back to the front office.
Marino, in an interview with the CBS NFL crew, said, “I always think about getting back involved in football.”
“You see John Elway, how successful he is,” said Marino of the Broncos QB-turned-executive who lured Peyton Manning to Denver. “It’s something you look at. Maybe I’ll consider it.”
But former Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl, speaking on the Big O show on AM 640 Sports, doubted that Marino could have an immediate successful transition.
“It’s one thing you go to high school, play four years in college, make the pros, get to be the starter, Pro Bowl, Hall of Fame, and you’ve earned your stripes up there,” Offerdahl said. “Being an executive in a big time league wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for him to get involved with, maybe a pinky in the game and learn. But for him to be an executive, I don’t think he’s up for it. It would be a lot easier for him to take a couple lessons first.”
In the CBS interview, Marino also talked about the Dolphins three-game losing skid and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
“Ryan Tannehill, the problems he had last year are starting to creep in a little bit,” Marino said. “Some of them — the third down passing, having trouble in the red zone, just making plays when they have to have it. There are times offensively when you make certain plays to put the game away or win the game and they just have to be more consistent.”
Marino said he wants to see more consistency from Tannehill and he wants the Dolphins to continue surrounding Tannehill with weapons.
When asked if newly acquired left tackle Bryant McKinnie will make a difference, Marino said “I hope so.”
“If you’re looking at some of the problem they’ve had it has been in pass protection, and it’s not just the offensive line,” Marino said. “Sometimes their backs have had some issues as far as picking up blitzes and stuff. I’d say it’s going to help. Obviously they know what some of their issues are if they’re going to trade for a guy.”