But, what did he do? He did draft some great players. He did inspire me to reconsider my hair style. And, he did inspire Wayne H. to force Coach Shula into retirement. He also brought us Wanny. He did allow #13 to hand the ball off to one of the worst YPC RB's to ever gain over a 1,000 yards.
I remember being so angry at him for handcuffing Marino. And, when it was all said and done I realized that Jimmy Johnson should have traded Marino as his first move running the Dolphins. Not because I wanted JJ to trade Marino, but because the team that JJ created didn't require #13's services and he could have gotten a lot for Marino, then.
I'm glad he didn't trade him, but I remember thinking that JJ was all ego and no walk. I believe he wanted to trade him, but couldn't pull the trigger. Marino was bigger in Miami than Johnson and he would have never left the city alive if he had traded #13.
Yes, Marino was in the twilight of his career, this I know, but he still had a live arm and when they protected him and created moving pockets, he was very effective. But, JJ didn't really give him too many weapons and the playcalling was miserable.
Jimmy promised something he couldn't keep and, in doing so, he cost Shula his job and instead of building a team around Marino, he built a team that didn't utilize his strengths. The running game that JJ wanted so desperately never appeared and we just kept banging our heads against the wall and left #13 in 3rd and 9 and 3rd and 7 and we all know how that ends if it happens consistently.
Yes, Jimmy drafted some great players and our defense grew to be very, very respectable. But, he didn't manage both sides of the ball and that left our offense predictable and ugly.
So, if you haven't guessed it, Jimmy Johnson is my least favorite Dolphin head coach and no other coach is close. So, tell me, who was your least favorite head coach and why?