Dolphins are guilty of faulty thinking at QB
The Dolphins lost Super Bowl XVII in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 30, 1983, and that was a bitter disappointment for coach Don Shula because for nearly a decade his plucky team had been trying to recapture the glory of the 1970s without success.
But despite the disappointment, Shula believed his team could soon return because his defense was young and he had a 24-year-old quarterback in David Woodley, who a couple of seasons earlier had broken the team rookie record for completions in a season.
Things were looking up for the Dolphins.
But in less than three months — on April 26, 1983 — Shula selected a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft.
He had Woodley who was young and promising. He had Don Strock who at the time was perhaps the NFL’s best backup quarterback. The Dolphins had a solid quarterback situation.
But Shula reached for greatness when he selected Dan Marino with the 27th selection of the first round.
Shula decided the promise of