Dan Marino, former Miami Dolphin quarterback, has been dropped by CBS pre-game show “The NFL Today” after over twelve seasons of football commentary for the popular program. Shannon Sharpe, who played for the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens during his thirteen year NFL career, was also not invited back for the upcoming season after being a fixture on the show for a decade.
CBS chief Sean McManus said in a statement that both Marino and Sharpe are real Hall of Famers, both in front of the cameras and on the field during their NFL careers. He thanked them for their hard work and their dedication to the network and wished them both the best as they leave to pursue other opportunities in their professional careers after football.
These recent events have prompted many to ask what is next for Dan Marino? The most often reported answer is that maybe a front-office job with his old team, the Miami Dolphins, also known as the “Phins” to die-hard fans, would be a good fit. He was briefly a part of the Dolphins front-office about ten years ago when he said yes to an offer from former owner Wayne Huizenga. He quit three weeks later. And just last year in October the Palm Beach Post reported him saying in an interview on CBS that he had always considered a return to football, referring to the success that John Elway has had at Denver.
Marino’s presence in the front-office, in whatever capacity, would bring some star power to the team that has perhaps lost its luster over that past few years. They finished their 2013 season with a disappointing 7 wins and 9 losses. Fans are weary of continued defeats and the recent report on the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying controversy doesn’t make things any better.
As it turns out, CBS may have made things better for one of the most well-known football teams in the NFL today by dropping Dan Marino from their pre-game show. He has over a dozen NFL records still active in Miami Dolphin history. That’s more than the number of games the franchise won last year. He is one of only three players to have their numbers retired by the squad. He shares that honor with fellow quarterback Bob Griese and legendary fullback Larry Cszonka. He is one of the most well-known and popular personalities to play in Miami.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross would have plenty to discuss with Marino about what, exactly, his role would be at the Dolphins. Reports on the 2004 misstep, when Marino was in as Senior Vice President of Football Operations for the team only to be then out again in three weeks, cite the lack of a real job description and the general directionless atmosphere as the primary causes. A role as general manager can also be ruled out as the club recently hired Dennis Hickey into that position.
Being dropped from the NFL Today by CBS, and so no longer having to travel to New York for work, gives Dan Marino time to reflect on an impressive career as a football player and as a sports commentator, but also to consider carefully exactly what he will do next. Joining the front office of his former team might be something Marino is interested in, if only for the simple fact that, with his home as close as it is to the team’s training facility in Davie, his commute will be shorter.
By Brian Ryer