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Dan Marino on M&M: Peyton Manning ‘doesn’t have to prove another thing to anybody’

01.16.14 at 11:04 am ET
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CBS Sports NFL analyst Dan Marino checked in with Mut & Merloni on Thursday to preview Sunday’s AFC championship game and compare Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

“It’s so hard to say that there’s a difference,” Marino said of the two quarterbacks. “I think they have a different style in how they throw the football a little bit. But they’re both guys that can call good no-huddle, run it at the line of scrimmage. Peyton Manning‘s like the coordinator out there, and Brady’s been that way, too. And he’s been able to adjust. Like this year, as far as Tom is concerned, what he’s been able to do with young guys and new receivers and kind of changing the offenses, it’s maybe one of the best [seasons] he’s ever had. You’ve got to give him a lot of credit for adapting to the situations over the years.

“They’re both very similar in the same respect. Because they both can do it all. They’re pocket passers, they don’t run around much, very similar to the way I played. I have nothing but respect for both of them.”

Manning is 4-10 all-time against Brady, including 1-2 in the postseason, and has come under criticism for only winning one Super Bowl despite having a number of talented teams. However, Marino said Manning’s legacy is safe.

“The pressure is going to be there regardless,” Marino said. “He’s already won. I personally think he doesn’t have to prove another thing to anybody. Who he’s trying to prove it to is himself. He’s already won a Super Bowl, he’s been in another one, he just broke every single-season passing record there is possible — 55 touchdowns. But the amazing thing to me is that he’s actually doing this at 37 years old, and off four neck surgeries, and he missed the whole year [in 2011]. That’s more impressive I think in some ways than even winning a Super Bowl.”

During a studio discussion this past Sunday involving Marino, CBS panelist Shannon Sharpe said a player can’t be considered one of the best ever if he hasn’t won a championship. Marino is recognized as one of the all-time greats, but he was not able to quarterback the Dolphins to a championship during his 17-year career.

“What does Shannon know?” Marino joked. “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about anyway.

“I’m not offended by it, because it’s really the feeling that I would have had,” Marino continued. “That’s the thing. I’ve done every other thing you could possibly do as a quarterback. And for me to walk off the field on a Sunday and know that I had won a championship, what that feels like, that’s what I missed. That’s what I wasn’t able to accomplish.

“And yeah, do I think about it sometimes? Yeah. Especially when I’m watching the Super Bowl. When you watch the Super Bowl you think about it and wonder what that would have felt like. But it’s not going to change my life at all, as far as me personally. But yeah, you do think about that, for sure.”

Added Marino: “That’s part of life. I’ve got to deal with it.”

Bill Belichick, who was interviewed by Marino colleague Bill Cowher last week, has not won a championship since the Patriots were penalized for taping the signals of opposing coaches in 2007.

“That does put a black eye on it a little bit — you’ve got to be honest about it,” Marino said. “They were penalized for it, they moved on. He’s done a lot of great things before that and a lot of great things afterwards.”

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