Omar Kelly, the Miami Dolphins beat writer for the Sun Sentinel is known for controversial comments and opinions. He also has a part time radio gig on the weekends where him and Brent Grimes wife, Miko Grimes host a radio show. Both are also known for being overly critical of current Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Yesterday afternoon Omar tweeted a series of controversial tweets-
People always make excuses for Dan Marino not winning a title. Hogwash. He wasn't good enough. How many Super Bowls did he get to?— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) July 12, 2015
You folks make a valid point. Thurman-Jim Kelly Bills were amazing. But if Marino couldn't beat them & they never won a SB...how dope is he?— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) July 12, 2015
Marino propped up South Florida's lone pro sports franchise for 15-years in an era when all he had was Phins & Canes. BUT what did he win?— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) July 12, 2015
You Dan Marino fanatics are technically saying Marino would throw for 437 yds per game in today's NFL. Word?! Really?! Romanticizing again?— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) July 12, 2015
To me, greatness is identified by what your peers think. Defenders FEAR Tom Brady. He'll eat your heart. Same goes for Dan Marino.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) July 13, 2015
Just cause I believe that Tom Brady has a greater legacy, had a better career than Dan Marino isn't an insult to Marino. Just MY OPINION.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) July 13, 2015
You Dolphins fans probably don't like that opinion for two reasons. 1. You hate Brady & Patriots 2. Romanticize Dan Marino...but tough titty— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) July 13, 2015
"@rob_amidon: I believe if Marino was the Fins QB now they could win the SB"" probably, but if my aunt had testicles she'd be my uncle.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) July 13, 2015
The tweets of course set off a mini fire storm among the Dolphins faithful including current radio broadcaster and former Miami Dolphins tight end Joe Rose who called his tweet "A stupid ass tweet!" and went on to say-
"Seriously. And anyone that gets on you, you deserve it. And I like Omar but this is a dumb one. This Dan Marino not winning a title hogwash he wasn't good enough, you make it sound — and maybe you don't know, he was clutch, he was accurate. And yeah I get he only went to one Super Bowl — Super Bowl 19 — and you can fall back on that, but it's really a weak tweet though when you just go back to a Super Bowl when you talk about this guy throwing the football."
"And I got to see it up close and part of some of the unbelievable two-minute drills to come back and beat people and things that he did on the road with the fake spike."
"The thing Aaron Rodgers did to us, he did to the Jets on the road and stuff like that happened all the time..."
"A guy that could make all the throws", "was accurate, was clutch, by the way had a pair of basketballs on him like you've never seen. I've never had a guy ever, to this day, still the most aggressive — 4th and 3, perfect time in the huddle to go over the top... It's just like this is still coming up, man? Here we are getting ready for another year of Tannehill and he brings out some tweet taking a shot at Marino's career. You're better than that, Omar. You're better than that! You've got to be better than that!".
Most Dolphins fans believe that Marino would have won multiple titles if he had only a better team surrounding him. Over Marino's time at the helm of the offense the team rarely had a decent running game and often had a very questionable defense. Others, like Omar, obviously believe that the fault falls at the feet of Marino.
Where do you fall? Dan Marino seemed to reach every height in his career, broke multiple NFL records, was a first ballot hall of fame inductee, NFL MVP, has his own statue in front of the stadium where he played and yet not a single NFL title on his resume. Is Omar right? did Marino need to do more to insure the team win more titles or was it those around him that were lacking in those 17 seasons?