Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
According to NBC News 6 and other media reports, Dan Marino has accepted a job with the Miami Dolphins. His title will be Special Advisor and will report to owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel.
We reported back in January that Marino had been in talks with the Dolphins about returning to the organization. After his release from his CBS contract, things appeared to be headed in the right direction but nothing ever came of it. Now, the timing is right and Marino is back with the organization that he was the face of for decades as the team's quarterback.
The move is expected to be officially announced next week. It is expected that Marino will be the eyes and ears of the organization. This makes sense as he has no ties to anyone in the building and his status doesn't necessarily hinge on whether or not the Dolphins fail or succeed on the field. Instead, he will be the person in South Florida who lets Ross and Garfinkel know exactly what is going on without holding any favoritism towards one person or another. This move also lets Marino talk to them in confidence without any hidden agendas, which you may find from someone whose job status hinges on the performance of the team on the field.
I would also assume that Marino will have some influence in staff decisions in terms of the head coach and general manager. While he won't have the final say, he will be a key player in determining the status of Joe Philbin and Dennis Hickey after the season, especially if they don't make the playoffs.
If Marino continues in the organization, he can definitely work his way up the ladder and it's not crazy to say that he can be a John Elway type within the next five years. This is a great move for the Miami Dolphins and one that should pay dividends for years to come.