Former Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino is out at CBS as one generation of ex-athlete TV stars gives way to the next generation.
Recently retired (and future Hall of Fame) tight end Tony Gonzalez will be joining the CBS NFL pregame "The NFL Today" show (Shannon Sharpe also was let go by CBS).
But enough of TV talk.
Let's ask if this isn't the perfect transition for Marino back to the Dolphins in some form. Maybe as a consultant to the team. Maybe in some learning capacity in the front office. Certainly with the hope he can become more, ala John Elway in Denver.
Marino hasn't hid his desire to have some type of affiliation with the Dolphins. Let's get two subjects out of the way:
1. He accepted, then backed out of a front-office job a decade ago. So what? That was a different time in what he wanted to do. It also was a completely messed-up front office, as Dave Wannstedt and Rick Spielman had just switched jobs. I still remember Wannstedt sitting in the back of the news conference when Marino was hired, and being asked what everyone's roles were. "I have no idea,'' he said.
2. This would be a public-relations move. Again, so what? You don't think this team could use someone who could make the franchise smell just a little better?
Do the right thing, Dolphins.
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