DAVIE — Dan Marino is special advisor to the President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins.
But according to one Dolphins quarterback, he’s been involved in quarterback meetings — every day.
With the blessing of course of coach Adam Gase and his assistants, Marino, a Dolphins legend, has been lending direct assistantance to Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, T.J. Yates and Brandon Doughty.
“He’s there every day. Every day. The whole year,” Doughty said. “He’s been there every day. He hasn’t been around the last week or so because of the holiday. He’s usually in there every meeting, watching film with us, grinding it out. He understands our offense, which is crazy. So, really, honestly, he’s a huge help. He’s somebody you can easily talk to.”
This is Marino’s third season in the Dolphins’ front office.
Marino, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, played in 242 games with 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns.
“My first time in the room, I’m like, ‘Is that Dan Marino?'” Yates said. “It’s been great.”
Gase says Marino is an excellent sounding board for the quarterbacks, offering great perspective.
Gase also revealed he enjoys watching film with Marino.
“The way he saw it was special,” said Gase, adding that Marino is in no way overbearing.
One thing Marino often believes is that a quarterback can connect on any seam route that’s close to being open. Gase joked that Marino could make the throws others may not find so easy.
“It’s big,” Doughty said. “Not only is Marino one of the better quarterbacks to ever play the game, but he’s a great guy. He’s easy to talk to. He’s someone that you can just kind of pick at his mind at any time. He really does. He brings a lot to the table. He has things that he sees out there from just playing. The experience of seeing things. Of where to put your eyes and things like that. It’s a blessing, especially with him being my quarterback, growing up, it’s been kind of cool, it’s really cool.”
Doughty, who grew up in Davie, home of the Dolphins’ training camp, said he wasn’t sure how to address Marino at first.
“At first you’re like, ‘Holy cow, I’m in here with Dan Marino, this is pretty sweet.'” Doughty said. “He said to call him Dan. I tried to call him Mr. Marino. He’s like, ‘Mr. Marino? Sir? Who you talking to man?’ It was cool.”
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