The most difficult task in the NFL is the replacement of a successful, long established and much loved quarterback. ItÆs not an easy thing to prepare for: the last thing an aging star wants to see is a young college player looking over his shoulder as he tries to eke out what remains of his career, often with new personnel around him and declining physical prowess. For evidence of the problem, look no further than Miami. For season after season, from 1984 until 1999, Dan Marino dominated the leagueÆs passing statistics, linking up with excellent receivers like Mark Clayton and Mark Duper. Miami never won the Super Bowl, but they were a perennial playoff team. When he finally hung up his shoulder pads it was an end of an era in more ways than one. During the decade that just ended, the Do ...
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