Count the Dolphins’ greatest quarterback among those who think it’s time for another great quarterback in Miami.
Dan Marino said today that he’s delighted at the idea of Peyton Manning landing with the Dolphins, and he believes his old team would be a good fit as Manning’s new team.
“There’s great tradition there. We’ve had a couple off years but believe me, they’ll be back,” Marino told the Associated Press. “It’s a great franchise and they’ll get it turned around.”
Marino also made a good point about what kind of player Manning is, responding to the talk in some circles that Manning needs to land on a team with the right offensive system: If Manning is 100 percent healthy and the same player he was before last year’s neck surgeries, he doesn’t need to land in the right offensive system. He’ll make any offense the right system. The system will become the Peyton Manning system.
“I think he fits with anybody,” Marino said. “He’s one of the best to ever play the game at that position. So wherever he ends up playing, if he’s healthy, which is going to be important to Peyton, I’m sure he wants to go out there and play at a high level. Wherever he plays, he’ll be a huge impact for that team.”
Marino said he doesn’t plan to call Manning because he thinks Manning can make his own decision. It wouldn’t be surprising, however, if Dolphins owner Stephen Ross were to ask Marino to make the call: Manning has said Marino was his favorite quarterback growing up, and as the Dolphins try hard to woo Manning, a call from his childhood hero couldn’t hurt.