Dan Marino could be returning to the Dolphins. For what would be his third tour.
A few years after ending his Hall of Fame playing career, Marino had a shot of espresso with the team in an executive role for which he wasn’t suited.
Amid speculation that Marino, whose stint with CBS ended earlier this year, will return to the front office, owner Stephen Ross has acknowledged that discussions on a reunion will occur.
Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Ross acknowledged at last week’s league meetings that he’ll talk to Marino about a job, but that Ross has “no idea” what it will entail.
Whatever it entails, it probably shouldn’t entail whatever it entailed the last time around, because Marino quickly decided it didn’t fit with his skills or desires. He perhaps could best serve either as an ambassador for a team that desperately needs to strengthen its bond with Miami or as a peacemaker for a front office that has been awash of late in dysfunction.
Regardless of the specifics, it’s important both for Marino and the Dolphins that the third stint goes more like his first one — and less like his second.