Dan Marino on M&M: ‘It’s tough for anyone to make judgment’ on Dolphins situation
|11.12.13 at 3:07 pm ET|
Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Jonathan Martin–Richie Incognito drama surrounding the Dolphins, as well as the performance of Tom Brady this season.
The accusations of hazing and bullying of Martin by Incognito is one of the biggest stories of this NFL season and has put a cloud over the entire Miami organization.
“I think it’s just frustrating for a lot of fans and everything, the way everything came about,” said Marino, who was named by the team to an advisory panel to help deal with the matter. “When I look at it, in some ways, I know as much as you guys do about it, because … there’s been a lot of speculation. Hopefully the one thing that I think is important is I saw [Dolphins owner Stephen] Ross on TV, and he’s committed to getting to the bottom of it and committed to fixing it and making things right. That’s the most important thing.
“If you’re not a player in that locker room, it’s tough for anyone to make judgment on it. Until they really get to the bottom of it — the NFL is investigating — it’s hard to make a legitimate comment on it, it really is.”
Not only has the story been a horrible PR scenario for the Dolphins, but it has also negatively impacted the team on the field, as the absence of Martin and Incognito, who was suspended on Nov. 4, have weakened an already faulty offensive line. In their first game since the issue was made public, the Dolphins lost to the previously winless Buccaneers on Monday night.
“When you look at it, you want to be balanced offensively as much as you can, and they’ve been struggling running the football, which makes it hard, especially on a young quarterback,” Marino said. “The fact that they have lost two of their linemen and now are replacing them with two other linemen that weren’t starters — but they were in the game, they did have a chance to win it, but at the same time, you got to make plays when you have to make them, no matter what the circumstances are.”
Brady had his best game of the season during the Patriots’ last game on Nov. 3 against the Steelers, as the two-time MVP threw for a season-high 432 yards with four touchdowns. Brady’s dominant performance was a far cry from his mostly subpar production this year, as he has had to deal with a young receiver corps and injuries to targets such as Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola.
“It’s difficult, because you have to go through that learning curve again,” Marino said. “Especially when you’ve got young players and you’re a veteran like Tom Brady and getting them to know and think like you think and what you’re seeing on film and what you’re seeing in a game … and that’s all part of a process that goes on. Sitting in meetings and talking to the young guys, letting them understand what — as a player, as a quarterback, a veteran guy — what you’re looking for and what you’re trying to get out of them.
“I give him a lot of credit, I really do, because he’s had some tough games this year where you could see that it could be frustrating. The bottom line is that they’re winning.”