Dol­phins are guilty of faulty think­ing at QB

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY AR­MANDO SALGUERO asalguero@mi­ami­her­ald.com

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

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