NFL Mocks recently picked every team’s greatest villain in history as for the New York Jets, it was an easy decision.
For well throughout a decade, there was one particular quarterback that always balled out whenever it came to facing the New York Jets. He was so efficient and clutch against the team, he’s easily considered one of the greatest villains of the franchise.
Quarterback Dan Marino had a prolific career filled with many playoff appearances and a plethora of wins with the Miami Dolphins. Whenever it came to facing the Jets, Marino always put on a clinic and made sure the defense knew who they were dealing with.
When it comes to the history of the Jets, they’ve faced a lot of great quarterbacks, coaches, and players but Marino made his very own category of making an example of the Jets year in, year out. Besides Tom Brady who might earn this title in a few years from now, Marino at this point in time is easily the greatest villain that always had a one up on the Jets. He played so great against them, they never stood a chance when he was throwing touchdowns left and right.
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NFL Mocks recently made a slideshow breaking down every team’s greatest villain which is a must-read, regardless of your team allegiance. In an article written by Erik Lambert of NFL Mocks, here’s what he said about why Marino will always be known as the greatest villain in Jets history:
Just look at the stats for an idea of how much Marino loved to play New York. In his career, he threw for 8,651 yards and 72 touchdowns against them. Both were the highest numbers he had against any one team. There were times where it appeared like he was toying with them and in truth he probably was. He was that good.
Ouch! Talk about the numbers behind the madness as that’s just a small glimpse of what Marino bought to every game against the Jets. Of course, the biggest memory that still haunts fans to this very day was the infamous “fake spike” that Marino pulled off to score a touchdown against an unsuspecting Jets defense.
Thanks to Marino and everything he brought to the table, he was a big reason why the Jets were on the outside looking in throughout the early 1980s for well over a decade. His elite play under center limited anything the Jets could do within the AFC East throughout his reign of terror.