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Dan Marino Joins Dolphins as Special Advisor
Let's start with the good news:
As Dan the Man himself stated on Twitter, Marino is back with the Dolphins. The story was originally reported last Saturday night by WTVJ NBC6 then confirmed the following day by both Marino himself in the tweet above as well as by a press release by the Dolphins.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Marino will be a special advisor to owner Stephen Ross.
This is a move that means more long term to the Dolphins than today. But does Marino want to slide into the John Elway role at the end of the season if the Dolphins falter? Is he willing to put in the work needed to do it? He wasn't in 2004, so what has changed in the last 10 years?
Dolphins Seem Hopeful Mike Pouncey Will Return Soon
Earlier this week, Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel reported that Mike Pouncey went in for an evaluation of his surgically repaired hip with the hopes of being medically cleared to return this week.
Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reported that he wasn't cleared. However, the Dolphins "are encouraged by his progress from hip surgery."
Jackson also reports that no decision has been made yet on whether to put Pouncey on the PUP list, which tells me that the Dolphins are hopeful that their Pro Bowl center will return soon.
This preseason, we've seen Miami's offensive line progress by leaps and bounds into a somewhat decent unit. Adding Pouncey to the mix pushes them over the top toward the territory of being good.
Some Within Dolphins Organization are Concerned About Ryan Tannehill
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported earlier this week that some within the Dolphins organization are concerned with Ryan Tannehill's advancement, with Cole stating:
In talking to people within the organization, they view him very uncomfortably, because they know he's got the athletic ability, and they believe it will eventually come out, they're just getting a little impatient with when that's going to happen.
This comes after what was perhaps Tannehill's worst game of the preseason against the Cowboys, a game where I gave him a D due to his poor performance.
Of course, just because I said his performance was bad for one game doesn't mean I'm ready to give up on the idea of Tannehill as starting quarterback. As I've stated many times, he is the best quarterback on the roster, and he gives the Dolphins the best chance of making the playoffs.
In the same way, just because some within the Dolphins organization are concerned doesn't mean it's time to write him off either. It is possible to be concerned with Tannehill's play and not write him off forever.
This is a make-or-break season for Tannehill, as well as head coach Joe Philbin. The two will forever be intertwined in Miami (unless Tannehill has an excellent season while the rest of the Dolphins falter, which I actually see being a great possibility).
Odds are whoever is concerned with Tannehill at this point is someone whose job is on the line this season, but that doesn't mean it's wrong to be concerned.