In his weekly podcast for Dolphins.com, the Hall of Fame QB provides his commentary on Saints QB Drew Brees breaking his single-season passing yardage record this week; a record that Marino set in a tremendous 1984 season for the Dolphins. Also, don’t miss Marino’s preview of Sunday’s game against the Jets and what his motivation for the game would be if he was playing.
Here are some of the interesting comments from number 13:
Question – ‘Drew Brees on Monday night against the Falcons, 27 years later, breaks the single-season passing yard record that you’ve held for all this time….What went through your mind as you were watching that game last night?’
Dan Marino- “I kind of figured that there was a pretty good chance he was going to break it on Monday Night. At the end of the game you could tell they wanted to because they were still throwing the ball even though they had a 22 point lead with a couple minutes left in the game. They wanted to take care of that and kind of get it out of the way so they can start thinking about other things, you know playoffs and what they were going to do there. What was going through my mind? I think about our ‘84 team and the guys that were on that team that were so special like Duper, Clayton, Dwight Stephenson, and Tony Nathan. Just some great, great players and what we accomplished that year kind of set a trend for where the game was going. For that thing to last 27 years is pretty incredible, we did some pretty darn special stuff that we should all be proud of.”
Question – ‘Sean Payton actually went out of his way to talk about you and the greatness of your career….Very classy responses from the head coach and quarterback of the Saints.’
Dan Marino – “No doubt, I’ve known Drew and Sean for quite a while now. Drew has been the consummate pro at that position and he’s been through a lot in his career, he’s been down where people thought he wasn’t going to be back and now he’s back and he’s one of the best players in the league, without a doubt. Sean Payton has been a Super Bowl coach and knows what it takes to play that position and what that position has to go through on a daily basis and a yearly basis and the work that goes in. So he understands and respects that quarterback position and what Drew Brees was able to accomplish. They’re classy guys.”
Question – ‘You mentioned they were throwing at the end of the game, to just get the record taken care of. The Falcons, especially some of the defensive backs came out at the end of the game and were a little upset. But as you said, they’re just trying to move on so it can stop being a distraction.’
Dan Marino – “Well, there’s two ways of looking at it, I can understand why at that point that they’re doing it maybe because maybe (the Saints) wanted to get (the record) and get it taken care of. Years ago, probably Coach Shula would have taken me out of the game because (to not) risk injury for the playoffs. Two different ways of looking at it, but now that (the record is broken) he’s a guy that’s worked hard, has put himself in the position to break the record and now next week the (Saints) game next week (may not mean much) so they take care of (the record) right off of the bat.
Question- ‘You broke the record in just your second year in the league. That is just incredible! You think about Brees, and Brady and all the years they have played with these rules and haven’t been able to break it up until know. You were obviously a more knowledgeable quarterback later in your career, but the fact that your broke the record in just your second year is simply remarkable.’
Dan Marino – “Thank you! …That year we broke records, but also we broke them in a big way. It wasn’t just me that was doing it. Mark Clayton broke the touchdown record. We broke the completions, yards, and touchdowns for passing, all that stuff. That’s something you look back on; no group of guys have ever done that in one particular year, and that’s what makes it so much more special.”
Question- “Dolphins and the Jets Sunday at Sunlife Stadium; season finale for the Dolphins and hopefully for the Jets also. If the Jets lose, they cannot make the playoffs. The fans are always pumped up for Dolphins vs. Jets as you can imagine. I’ve asked a couple of the players and coaches and they have all said is it’s about us and not them. Is that just something you say as a player or coach? Do they recognize the excitement of being able to knock the Jets out of the playoffs?”
Dan Marino – “No, I would have said differently. I would say, and I’ve been in it before, I would say ‘if we’re not going (to the playoffs) then let’s not let them go.’ It would mean something to me as a Dolphin players know that we beat the Jets at home to end their playoff hopes. That’s important.”
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