22 Jul 2005
After the 1999 season, Jimmy Johnson made it clear to Dan Marino that it was time to move on, and the Dolphins would have their first new quarterback since Marino himself was a rookie. Marino was coming off his worst season but wasn't entirely ready to leave, and he considered a public offer from Dennis Green to join the Vikings.
That much is old news. What's interesting is to learn today that the Steelers wanted the Pittsburgh native to play one more year with them. Bill Cowher called, but Marino declined the offer.
For the Vikings, it turns out that they were better off having Marino turn them down -- Daunte Culpepper was ready to go. But for the Steelers, missing out on Marino might have cost them a run at the Super Bowl. They had talent all over the place in 2000 except at quarterback, where Kent Graham and Kordell Stewart shared duties.
Anyway, it's fun to speculate. So you tell me: What would have happened if Marino had joined the Steelers?
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