I remember reading an article earlier this year on this site stating that the Dan Marino era was the most depressing era to be a Dolphin's fan because they never won the Superbowl with him. I still am amazed at that concept, especially since 3/4 of the way through the 2011 season our Coach got fired.
Since Marino left there have been a few memorable highs, a lot of mediocre times, and too many lows to count. The 2008 team I thought was fun to watch. From 1983 until His retirement, the Dolphins were fun to watch. Yes, there were some ugly times during 13's career, but never did I ever think the Coach has got to go or that we were the worst organization in football---never.
And, yes, we never won the Superbowl with him, but I never stopped wanting to watch the team 5 games into the season. How many times has that happened since he retired? I rarely thought we were ever out of a game. You cry because we didn't win with him and therefore 13's time is depressing because it was potential never fulfilled? At least we had potential, then. What are we now, a rebuilding team inside of a rebuilt team looking still to be rebuilt again?
I'm not saying the Marino era was perfect and all I ever wanted out of my football team, but it certainly was more exciting and hopeful than the post-Marino era. I've been a fan since the early days and can tell you it did hurt for us not to win with him, but let's get some perspective----we were respected and feared throughout most of his career. When have the Dolphins been consistently respected and feared since he retired? And I don't mean for just a season or two.
The most depressing Dolphin era, undoubtedly, for me, has been the post-Marino era because the Dolphins have been toothless blunders lost at sea. And, I find it difficult to read or listen to Dolphin's fans who somehow can accept the times after Marino as being better than the Marino years. I just don't get it. Perhaps those happy with the post-Marino era, can explain it to me, because at least during the Marino years, I may not have been in Heaven, but at least I was happy.