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CBS Punts Marino Off "NFL Today"

 
CBS Punts Marino Off

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino will not be on the CBS "NFL Today" pre-game show next season. 

The network is saying goodbye to Dan, along with Shannon Sharpe, to make room for newly retired tight end Tony Gonzalez and likely a retired defensive player to join the rest of the cast.

It's not just me.  There is real speculation among Dolphins' fans that our team's former star QB may be interested in joining the front office, now that his television gig is gone.  There have been several reports in recent months that he may actually have some interest. 

There were comments made during an interview with CBS Sports late last season in which Dan insinuated that the success of fellow Class of '83 member John Elway with Denver during his post-playing days make him think about getting "back involved in football."  He even said "Maybe I'll consider it."  

In this Miami Herald article, the president of CBS Sports is quoted as saying Marino's departure was a "collaborative" decision and that the Hall of Famer wanted to pursue other professional opportunities, though Sean McManus said he didn't know any specifics.  

Jason Taylor is even weighing in.  In this Palm Beach Post article, he says with the Fins in a public relations nightmare over the "bullying scandal", the best answer to fix that would be to bring in Dan Marino to the front office. 

The questions are:

1) What job could be appointed to Marino, since the team just hired a new GM, who is expected to be in charge of all player personnel decisions?

2) Is Marino really interested?  He turned down a job with the Fins' front office back in 2004, after accepting it for about three weeks.

3) Are the Dolphins interested?  There has been no comment at this time, but the two parties did discuss the potential two years ago.  After that, neither Marino nor the Fins went further with the matter.  Of course, at that time Dan was gainfully employed.4) Would Marino excel at a position in which he is helping to pick talent?  Has he done anything to prove that he is able to do that? 

Joel Malkin

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