Bill also had Dan's # when he was a defensive coordinator under Parcells.
I did a bunch of homework over the summer for some articles I was writing and I was trying to find out just how we wasted 15 years of Dan Marino. (prime, not the end where his fastball was a change up and he started missing games with random injuries)
I found the pattern. After landing Dan in the first round, easily the greatest value pick ever made in Miami history, Shula did NOTHING in the draft outside of getting decent OLineman.
RB in 85, didn't last more than a couple years.
No 1st in 86.
DE in 87, lasted 3 years
DE AGAIN in 88, last 3 years
RB in 89, lasted 3 years (seein the pattern folks?)
OT in 90, best pick made post Dan.
WR in 91, traded after a single game (the ****???!!?!?!?)
DE and CB in 92, decent players, helped, but Dan already past 31 by this time.
WR in 93, OJ McDuffie, possibly the best pick Shula made after Webb in 1990.
DT in 94, wasted until Jimmy got there, then he got useful.
OT in 95, guy lasted 1-2 years in Miami
Those are the FIRST round picks for the Dolphins in the Marino/Shula era. They make me want to ************* kill somebody.
Still not convinced? Watch this.
One of those crap, garbage DE's they took in the late 80's? They took that waste of space over one Thurman Thomas. Who landed in our own God damn division, and spent the next decade ruining our lives. Jim Kelly had Thomas, Reed, Lofton, Bruce Smith, Bennet, all kinds of talent to go out and beat Dan, while we wasted pick, after pick, after pick on nothing.
**** makes me sick lookin at it. Even mediocre drafts would have been enough with a QB like Dan, and receivers like Clayton and Duper. Shula couldn't even do that. He drafted the same positions every year!!!!!! RB, DE, OT, and WR for a decade. And what were the weak points of Miami during those times? Running game, and defense.
Jimmy came in at the end of Dan's career, and in 3 drafts he produced Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor, Sam Madison, Patrick Surtain, and Daryl Gardener. (who paired with Bowens and made them both DOMINANT) Damn near a pro bowler at every spot of the defense, by then Dan was done and it was over. Put that D our there when Dan was 32 and we would have had something.
(Sorry to talk Dan, but I rarely ever do in here, I try to keep it on the current QB crops)