Today, Jacoby Brissett becomes the 23rd quarterback to start a game since Dan Marino retired after the 1999 season. Below is the complete list of quarterbacks to start for the Dolphins since then:
I was shooting for Dolphin Digest at the time, and we had a seat on the team plane. The league scheduled us @ Seattle for the wild card round, and then for the first game the following Saturday for the divisional round. We arrived home at 2am Monday morning after the Seattle game, and the team had to prepare for the 14-2 Jaguars in essentially four days.
The Jaguars, who finished the 1999 regular-season 14-2, led 24-0 after the 1st quarter and 41-7 at halftime. Their dominance was total, out gaining the Dolphins in total yards 520-131, forced seven turnovers, and out gained Miami on the ground 257 yards to 21 yards.
Head coach Jimmy Johnson pulled Marino during the 3rd quarter. It would be the final appearance of his career. Marino finished 11-25 for 95 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. It was also Johnson’s last game of his career.
Ironically, Jay Fiedler (7-11, 172 yards, two touchdowns for Jacksonville) would become Marino’s successor as starter for Miami in 2000. Fiedler guided the Dolphins to a 23-17 overtime win over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the wild card round that season, Miami’s last playoff win.