The Dolphins’ Post-Marino Era

Every quarterback that has started for the Miami Dolphins since Dan Marino retired.

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Dan Marino retired after the 1999 season, and the Miami Dolphins have not had a franchise quarterback ever since. 16 different men have started at quarterback for the Dolphins from 2000-2011, and none of them have been able to make the post-Marino era a happy one for Dolfans.
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Jay Fiedler had the unenviable task of replacing Marino. Despite leading the Dolphins to the playoffs in his first two seasons at the helm, he could never win over the Miami fans, mainly because he wasn't Marino (also because he threw a lot of interceptions - 66 in 62 games). In five seasons, Fiedler compiled a 36-23 record, something which Dolfans would clamor for in the ensuing years.
Damon Huard was Marino's backup in 1999, going 4-1 while Marino nursed an injury that season. That wasn't enough to win the starting job after he retired, so Huard backed up Fiedler. Though he did win one game filling in for an injured Fiedler in 2000, the Dolphins cut him after that season. He ended up landing in New England, where he got to back up Tom Brady and win two Super Bowl rings. Life is funny sometimes.
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Ray Lucas started 6 games for an injured Fiedler in 2002, going 2-4 during a brutal midseason stretch. He holds one team record: most turnovers in one game (4 interceptions and 2 fumbles in a Week 13 loss at Buffalo - his final start as a Dolphin).
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Brian Griese was brought to Miami 2003 to challenge Fiedler for the starting job, but could only get on the field due to (another) Fiedler injury. Going 2-2 in his first 4 (of 5) starts, he managed to accomplish the impossble: The Miami crowd cheered when Fiedler relieved him on a Sunday night against Washington.
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The Dolphins traded a second round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for A. J. Feeley in 2004, and he rewarded them by going 3-5 as a starter that year, with 15 interceptions against 11 touchdowns. Completing only 53% of his passes as a Dolphin, he was later traded to San Diego for a sixth round pick. The Dolphins bought high and sold low on Feeley, a microcosm of the post-Marino era.
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Sage Rosenfels made one start each in 2004 and 2005 thanks to injuries. The Dolphins lost both, and now pretend he never existed.
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Gus Frerotte signed with the Dolphins as a free agent in 2005, guiding the Dolphins to a 9-6 record in his 15 starts. Miami just missed the playoffs that year, but Frerotte is still best known for concussing himself during a touchdown celebration while a member of the Washington Redskins.
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Daunte Culpepper was supposed to be the franchise savior, arriving via trade from the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. But injuries limited him to 4 starts that year (winning only one). Adding insult to injury, the team had a chance to sign free agent Drew Brees that year. Culpepper was eventually released in the summer of 2007.
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Joey Harrington came to Miami via a trade in 2006 to back up Culpepper, but was forced into action after the Dolphins lost Culpepper for the season. The team went 5-6 in his 11 starts.
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Trent Green was brought in to clean up the mess in Miami after the brutal Culpepper-Harrington season, but a concussion in Week 5 effectively ended his tenure with the team. He was eventually placed on injured reserve, and the team released him after the 2007 season.
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Cleo Lemon won only one of his eight career starts with the Dolphins, but since it was a dramatic victory that gave the team its only win in 2007, it was memorable. He was just as mediocre as nearly every other quarterback to don aqua and white since Marino retired, but at least Dolfans have a fond memory of him.
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John Beck was a second-round draft pick who the Dolphins hoped to develop into a long-term starter. But when the Bill Parcells regime shuffled into town after the disastrous 2007 season, he was dropped to third on the depth chart, then released in 2009. He made four starts for the Dolphins, losing all of them.
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Chad Pennington fell out of the sky when the New York Jets cut him during 2008 training camp after signing Brett Favre. He led the Dolphins to their only playoff berth and division title since 2001, but sadly, he was as durable as a 57-year-old man. After separating his shoulder in the third game of the 2009 season, he would only make one more start for the Dolphins, hurting his shoulder on the first snap and potentially ending his career. The Dolphins went 12-8 in his 20 starts, not including a loss in his only playoff outing.
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Selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Henne stepped into the starting role in 2009 following Pennington's injury. He would be Miami's regular starter for nearly three seasons, but could only muster a 13-18 record and threw more interceptions than touchdowns (37-31). The Dolphins let Henne leave via free agency after the 2011 season.
Tyler Thigpen started one game for the Dolphins in 2010, taking over for an injured Henne. The result: a 16-0 shutout against Chicago.
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After Chad Henne suffered a season-ending injury in Week 4 of the 2011 season, Matt Moore took over and guided 0-4 Miami to a 6-6 finish.
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Miami selected Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill with the 8th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the first time the team drafted a passer in the first round since taking Marino in 1983. He was officially named the team's starter three weeks before the 2012 season, making him the 17th Dolphins starting quarterback since Marino retired. The Dolphins went 7-9 in his rookie campaign.
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