Get ready to put it in the books Dolphins fans. Just 12 more games to lose and Stanford QB Andrew Luck is all yours. Then, you can do all the comparing you want to Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and John Elway, the former having played for the Dolphins and the latter having attended college at Stanford.
Miami, despite an above average defense this year, is off to a 0-4 start, and QB Chad Henne is out for the year with a separated left shoulder. The rest of the season doesn't seem too hopeful with Matt Moore starting either. He has more interceptions (18) than touchdowns (16) in his entire career.
Miami is definitely in the running for Luck, who is the top quarterback in college football this year. His resume is impressive.
- As a redshirt freshman, Luck set a Stanford freshman passing record with 2,575 yards, 13 touchdowns (the most for a freshman since 1991) and 354 rushing yards, the most for a Stanford quarterback since 1966.
- Luck earned freshman All-America honors from several national organizations and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team by others. Scout.com named him national freshman of the year.
- In 2010, as a sophomore, Luck really broke out as a star. He led Stanford to an 11-1 regular season record and a No. 5 ranking in the national polls, setting a new school record for wins and conference victories (eight).
- After the 2010 season, Luck was the runner-up, behind Cam Newton, in voting for the Heisman Trophy and was also a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback award and the Maxwell Award for player of the year (both won by Newton).
- Luck set new Stanford records for rushing yards (453), touchdown passes (32) and total offense (3,791), as well as the single season record for completion percentage (70.7). He led Stanford to the No. 4 BCS ranking and played in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech, leading the Cardinal to a 40-12 rout. Luck was named MVP with four touchdown passes.
The St. Louis Rams (1-3), the Indianapolis Colts (0-4), and the Minnesota Vikings (0-4) are all off to bad starts this season, but they all have commitments to QBs-Sam Bradford, Peyton Manning, and Donovan McNabb respectively. If you consider some other bad teams, too, like the Denver Broncos and the Jacksonville Jaguars, they also have commitments to QBs, yet, as a whole, they are better.
Therefore, the one team besides the Dolphins to keep an eye in is the Kansas City Chiefs. They've lost RB Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry, and tight end Tony Moeaki -- all breakout players -- for the year. If the Dolphins show resiliency, despite a tough schedule ahead, the Chiefs can creep up from behind and draft Luck to replace QB disappointment Matt Cassel.
With all this said, we all know one thing for certain. Andrew Luck will be the number one overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. If you had to give a percentage on where, it would probably be 80 percent Dolphins right now. But, with all the talented teams this season, that could change in an instant.
Luck is smart and physically gifted enough to step into whatever franchise accepts him and produce quickly. You can bet Marino and Elway will be proud and excited to watch him in the future.