I came across two good pieces that I wanted to share. They are both about the performance of QBs and their teams in the postseason. And Marino is a significant part of both because he is an interesting case on the subject of QB performance relative to the outcome of the game. This is going to be long but I think worth your time. The first piece is here. The author looked at every drive of 24 QBs during the postseason over the last 30 years. I encourage you to read all of his explanations and disclaimers. All I want to do is highlight Marino's numbers and compare them to the rest of the list. The first chart starts with the amount of points scored per drive. Marino averaged 1.79 points per drive, which is in the lower half of the group. He averaged .141 turnovers per drive, which is 3rd highest. And his average starting field position is 30.56, which is in the lower half of the list. That doesn't really tell us a whole lot about Marino or the other QBs' performances. Many other factors are affecting how often a drive results in points, how many turnovers occur, and where on the field the offense gets the ball. But it does tell us that on the whole Marino's offenses weren't scoring as much as offenses led by other top tier QBs, and they were turning the ball over more frequently. The average number of yards a drive that resulted in a TD covered for Marino was 63. That's right in the middle of the list. When a drive resulted in a TD, the average point margin of the game was -4.41, meaning that the Dolphins were losing by an average of 4.41 points when they scored a TD. That was the second worst margin on the list. The % of total drives Marino started in which the team was losing is 62.44, which is 3rd on the list. He also started the 3rd fewest drives in which the game was tied and when the team was in the lead. Marino also has the highest % of drives in which his team was down by 3 or more scores with 23.41. The author points out that the average for the 3 score deficit is 8.5%. Dan is tied for the 3rd most INTs per drive and threw them at midfield on average. The average score when he threw a pick was -11.04, meaning that the team was losing by an average of 11 points when he threw a pick. The team was losing 79% of the time when the pick happened and winning 16.7% of the time. 41.7% of his INTs came when they were losing by 3 or more scores. 33.3% came down by one score. And he threw no picks during the 4th quarter while the team was either tied or losing by only one score. These numbers tell us what we have all been saying for years during arguments about Marino's lack of postseason success, that he was often put in difficult situations which caused him to play poorly or below his great standards. The second piece further reinforces that point by looking at the amount of support each QB got from his team and the effect of that support on the outcome of the game. This piece was actually started by an argument about Marino with one person making the familiar argument that Marino often lacked any run support. It turns out that not only did he lack help from his own running game, he also lacked run support from his own defense. Since this thread is long enough you can go read the explanation of how he did it. But essentially he combined the difference in rushing yards for both teams and combined it with the amount of points the QB's team gave up to calculate the amount of support the QB got from his team. Based on that calculation he came up with the number of games the QB could be expected to win. Out of Marino's 18 playoff games he could have been expected to win 30% of them, or about 5. He won 8 games, which is 44.4% of the total games he played. He won every game he could be expected to win and even one game that was labeled as difficult. He came really close to winning an impossible game, which was the 94 San Diego game. To sum all of this data up, it seems like the running game and defense that Marino played with often times did not play well enough to put Dan in the best position to win games, or at least in a position better than his piers. I don't want to make too much of these stats because this is a team game and its unfair to attribute too much to any one player or unit. But all of these numbers seem to suggest that there really is something to the argument us Fins fans have been making all along. And now when we are called Marino apologists we can point to hard data that at least begin to point in the direction towards backing up our claims.