Miami Super Bowl features a couple of Dolphins-style quarterbacks

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It’s fitting the Super Bowl LIV will be played in Miami. The quarterbacks of the two teams that qualified for the game currently are playing like a pair of Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterbacks once did.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is, obviously, Dan Marino. Like Marino, Mahomes is facing the 49ers in the Super Bowl to cap his second season as a starter. Marino lost to San Francisco, and he never made it back to another Super Bowl.

But Mahomes is even more dangerous than Marino, all due respect to one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Although none have matched Marino’s rocket-fast release, Mahomes’ ability to throw with velocity and accuracy from any body position, platform, and arm angle creates the same effect: The ball is out before anyone even realizes it.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is Bob Griese, who won a pair of Super Bowls without breaking a sweat (and while at times wearing glasses). In Super Bowl VII, he threw 11 passes. In Super Bowl VIII, Griese threw only seven times. (He threw five times in the 1972 AFC title game, and six the next year.)

Garoppolo had 19 throws in the divisional round win over the Vikings, a game that included a stretch of 16 straight running plays. On Sunday, Garoppolo attempted only eight passes.

The clash of styles will make for an even more compelling Super Bowl. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan keeps doing what works, even if it means running the ball over and over and over (and over) again. The Chiefs are the opposite, with Mahomes fueling the offense via his arm — and by leading the Chiefs in rushing in each of the Chiefs’ two postseason wins.

46 responses to “Miami Super Bowl features a couple of Dolphins-style quarterbacks

  1. I’ll cheer for the 9ers for this game. Since the Pats and Brady can’t get it this year, I’ll cheer for Garoppolo

  2. I attended Super Bowl XIX.
    All the hype leading up to the game was about Marino and the Dolphins passing attack being
    unstoppable.
    Well the Niners defense sure put a tremendous stop to their offense.

    Sure Mahomes is more mobile than Marino but I get the feeling history will repeat itself.

  3. “But Mahomes is even more dangerous than Marino, all due respect to one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Although none have matched Marino’s rocket-fast release, Mahomes’ ability to throw with velocity and accuracy from any body position, platform, and arm angle creates the same effect: The ball is out before anyone even realizes it.”

    With all due respect to your analysis, Marino played in an era where dancing around and throwing like Mahomes (whom I love) would have got you killed back when defensive players enjoyed and were allowed to punish a QB doing such things.

  4. Jimmy G has proven numerous times that he can play at a high level throwing it 30 to 40 times a game. He just hasn’t had to these playoffs cause the ground game has been unstoppable. Anyone who is thinking the chiefs can stop the Niners by stopping the run game will be proven sorely mistaken.

  5. Brady was also a game manager in his first SB. Big Ben too. But Jimmy G will likely have to do more in the SB because I don’t think the defense is going to completely shut down Mahomes. If he does, it would be more than Brady did in his first SB.

  6. Jimmy G. is playing like another Super Bowl quarterback: Tom Brady, not Bob Griese. Griese was a game manager, just like Troy Aikman. Jimmy G. has shown that he can win a shootout when he beat New Orleans in the Big Easy. Griese cannot win a shootout like that. He did not have the skill set to do that. One good thing about Jimmy G. is that he does not insist on throwing the football even if it is not needed. In contrast, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Peyton Manning and even Aaron Rodgers, just love to throw the football. They do not care about clock management, unlike Jimmy G.

  7. Mahomes is great and I am a fan but please stop with the comparison to Dan Marino. At least Marino played 17 years and shattered records in an era with different rules. Let Mahomes endure and make his own legacy.

  8. I think too much is being made of how little the Niners threw the ball in the last two games. I doubt they planned it that way, but more took advantage of how little resistance they met (especially by the pack). There were enough regular season games with a passing focus when other teams stopped the run to suggest that the team is not so much run focused alone as it is focused on what works in a given situation and flexible enough to take advantage of it.

  9. NFL (Niners Football League) says:
    January 20, 2020 at 11:39 am
    Jimmy G has proven numerous times that he can play at a high level throwing it 30 to 40 times a game. He just hasn’t had to these playoffs cause the ground game has been unstoppable. Anyone who is thinking the chiefs can stop the Niners by stopping the run game will be proven sorely mistaken.
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    You might want to ask Derrick Henry how good the Chiefs are at stopping the run.

  10. All the talk about the QBs when both teams have so much more to offer. Being a qb involves much more than throwing the ball. We hear so many times that a coach has to simplify a playbook for a qb. Not for these guys Both of these QBs are smart and more than capable of running a crisp offense and doing what’s asked of them.

  11. AndyReidsMustache says:
    January 20, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    NFL (Niners Football League) says:
    January 20, 2020 at 11:39 am
    Jimmy G has proven numerous times that he can play at a high level throwing it 30 to 40 times a game. He just hasn’t had to these playoffs cause the ground game has been unstoppable. Anyone who is thinking the chiefs can stop the Niners by stopping the run game will be proven sorely mistaken.
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    You might want to ask Derrick Henry how good the Chiefs are at stopping the run.

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    lol

    The Chiefs offense and top helped the Chiefs D. Clearly, SFs D is better than Tenn’s.

    uh oh

  12. Observations from a longtime fan: the bottom line to success defensively, very simply, is to try to take away what the other teams do best. The Chiefs are best when Mahomes is able to run around and either pass through the chaos he creates, or by his running. The Niners likely will try to contain Mahomes in the pocket and collapse it on him with their front four. Paradoxically, Mahomes does not throw well when forced to stand in the pocket and find his third or fourth receiver. On the other side, the Chiefs must stop the Niners run game. It doesn’t guarantee success if they do, but it gives them a better chance if they do. Having attended the 48-46 shootout in December, Garoppolo can thrive in the passing game, but the Chiefs have to take away what the Niners do best (pound the ball on the ground) and try to force some turnovers. I think the Niners should and will win, but nothing is a given.

  13. Comparing Mahomes to Marino is just foolish. A much better comparison would be Fran Tarkenton. This kid is unstoppable and this game will be over by halftime if they can handle Joey Bosa.

  14. Jimmy G. stats: 21-5 as starter, 67.5% completion rate, 44TDs, 21 interceptions, 165.4 passing yards per game (250.2 yards/game as a 49er), QB rating 100.0, 2-0 in playoff games

    Bob Griese stats: 92-56-3 as starter, 56.2 completion rate, 192TDs, 172 interceptions, 155.9 passing yards per game. QB rating 77.1, 6-5 in playoff games

    Jimmy G is much better than Bob Griese in every single category.

  15. Marino was more of a true-form kind of QB, whereas Mahomes style is more Harry Houdini than form. The mind-bending twist to the Chiefs is Houdini’s supporting cast that fits his style to a tee. Call it fate, fortune, or constellation, the Chiefs !!! are a dream machine that is nearly impossible to beat.

  16. You guys do know that Jimmy threw more TDs than Rodgers during the regular season, right?

    The knucklehead “analysts” don’t give facts, just opinion

  17. How often does the high powered offense win these games? It seems rare. The ’99 Rams and who else?

  18. johnnyshotwingsauces says:
    January 20, 2020 at 12:52 pm
    Comparing Mahomes to Marino is just foolish. A much better comparison would be Fran Tarkenton. This kid is unstoppable and this game will be over by halftime if they can handle Joey Bosa.

    If you’re going to bless us all with your expert analysis, maybe get the right Bosa on the right team first.

  19. drewpweiner says:
    January 20, 2020 at 11:28 am
    Lol. That’s two games. He’s thrown plenty of passes for big yards when he needed to.

    Which is the same as saying “that’s two games.” If you seriously think he is anything more than a game manager you don’t watch the game.

  20. pbdisciple says:
    January 20, 2020 at 11:30 am
    Any QB in league would take Griese’s 3 trips to the SB, 2 Ws, and HOF bust
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    It’s hard for some to understand but usually when your starting qb goes down for over half the season, a team will typically rely on the run.

  21. I’m enjoying reading the comments from the Jimmy G apologists. The reality is that the coach is well aware of his knack for interceptions and was never going to take that chance with the running game clicking.

  22. Hard to imagine either of these teams being out of the game at any point – SF doesn’t look like it could get blown out, and KC look like they are never unable to catch up. Hopefully that will make for a great Super Bowl (unlike the mostly-tepid championship games).

  23. Comparing Patrick Mahomes to Dan Marino or Jimmy Garoppolo to Bob Griese isn’t a fair comparison. The rules now compared to then go out of their way to protect the QB. QBs today would think twice about scrambling or running if there weren’t rules in place to keep them from getting hit.

  24. With both team’s offensive weapons it’s going to be a high scoring SB. Probably like the SF-Saints game during the season! Exciting! Not a field goal contest!

  25. Now that my team’s out of it I’m free on Sunday’s…. I’m anxious for a four day weekend getaway over superbowl weekend….

  26. It’s a pretty even match up and only one team will come away happy.

    I think KC have much more to lose in this one. Reid not winning a Super Bowl again. Mahomes having a shot last year and this year and not getting it done. Won’t be a great narrative.

    If SF lose, it would not be catastrophic, but I do think they may not quite as good next year and will have a very competitive division for sure.

    The Super Bowl loss hangover is going to ding one of these two teams.

  27. Something that is often missed out when analyzing Mahomes is he’s pretty good at limiting turnovers too. Mind says 49ers win it with Shanahan’s offensive plan & 49ers’ D-line but with Mahomes’s quick strike capability, you never know. Looking forward to watching it as a neutral.

  28. You’re underestimating Jimmy G. He throws as often as he needs to. When they played New Orleans AT NEW ORLEANS, Drew Brees was on his game, and threw New Orleans to 46 points. And when the Niners saw they were going to have to out-QB Brees to win, that’s exactly what Garoppolo did. Threw for more yards, more points, and with a higher QB rating than Brees. The Niners won 48-46. If throwing is what the Niners need to do to beat KC, that’s what they’ll do. Everybody’s talking the Niner run game…. but I expect a shootout. And Garoppolo will be every bit up to it.

  29. Not minimizing Mahomes but if you put Jimmy G, Lamar, Josh Allen or even Tannehill with Hill, Kelce and Sammy Watkins alone with a good run in back, they will look great too.

  30. andymannfl says:
    January 20, 2020 at 11:30 am
    “But Mahomes is even more dangerous than Marino, all due respect to one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Although none have matched Marino’s rocket-fast release, Mahomes’ ability to throw with velocity and accuracy from any body position, platform, and arm angle creates the same effect: The ball is out before anyone even realizes it.”

    With all due respect to your analysis, Marino played in an era where dancing around and throwing like Mahomes (whom I love) would have got you killed back when defensive players enjoyed and were allowed to punish a QB doing such things.

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    With all due respect but Fran Tarkenton and Roger the dodge Staubach would like to say something with you

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