5. Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill is not only the current starting QB for the Dolphins but, arguably, the most polarizing players in franchise history. While he ranks 3rd in passing yards and boasts an impressive 106-66 TD/INT ratio, the fact that he has only led the Dolphins to one playoff appearance so far impedes him from moving up higher on this list at this time.
(For those that say Matt Moore is responsible for last season’s playoff appearance, I counter that Bob Griese and Earl Morrall both got credit for the 1972 season.)
4. Jay Fiedler
Perhaps the most ‘underrated’ quarterback on this list, Fiedler is 4th in team history in passing yards (11,040), touchdowns (66) and wins (36). Fiedler also led the Dolphins to the playoffs in two of his five years as starter; including the last playoff victory for the team in 2000.
3. Earl Morrall
While Morrall spent five seasons with the team, it was his preservation of the Dolphins “perfect season” in 1972 that will forever etch him in the minds and hearts of Dolphins fans forever. Despite his subpar numbers, statistically, Morrall is #1 in winning percentage as a Dolphins starter (11-1 or 91.6%)
2. Bob Griese
Drafted 4th overall in 1967, Griese went on to be the starting QB for 13 straight years (1967-79). He ranks second in wins (92), passing yards (25,092) and touchdowns (192). While Marino is undoubtedly the team leader in every statistical category, for those that value winning above all else, there are some that will point to Griese’s 2 Super Bowl titles and view him as the best quarterback in team history.
1. Dan Marino
The statistics speak for themselves.
10 playoff appearances
1 Super Bowl appearance
Marino retired as one of the most prolific passers in NFL history; a Super Bowl victory being the only goal he failed to achieve.
Okay, Dolphins fans, what do you think of the list? I expect there will be much debate over these rankings.
Who got left out?
Who should have been higher?
Who should have been lower?
*Thank you to readers for pointing out my error about Marino’s stats.