Over the years, the Miami Dolphins have had some great teams. They’ve also been known for their passing game which of course hinges on quarterback play. Making a mark in the NFL as a rookie is tough though. Here are the top five passing days by a Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback.
#5 – 1987 – Kyle Mackey
In the strike shortened 1987 NFL season, Kyle Mackey would start three games for Miami. In a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets, Mackey would complete 26 of 55 passes (a record number of attempts for a Dolphins rookie) for 298 yards and two touchdowns. He also had five interceptions on the day though.
#4 – 1983 – Dan Marino
In a 30-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams, Dan Marino would complete 25 of 38 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns.
#3 – 1966 – John Stofa
In the final game of the 1966 season, rookie quarterback John Stofa would complete 27 of 38 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns in a 29-28 win over the Houston Oilers. This would make him the first rookie quarterback to ever have a 300 yard game for the Dolphins.
#2 – 1983 – Dan Marino
In week six of the 1983 season, Dan Marino and the Dolphins would come up short against the Buffalo Bills, losing 38-35. Marino though would complete 19 of 29 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns, the best rookie passing day in team history at that time.
#1 – 2012 – Ryan Tannehill
In his fourth career game, rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 26 of 41 passes for 431 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Cardinals. This set the team record for passing yards in a game, breaking the previous mark by over 100 yards.