PITTSBURGH, SEPT. 30 -- The quarterback, adapting to a ball-control style offense, recovered from one of the worst games of his career to direct three long scoring drives. He hit short passes, long ones and used his running game to eat up yards and the clock today.

Bubby Brister finally adjusting to Pittsburgh's new offense? No. It was Dan Marino and it was Miami Dolphins 28, Steelers 6.

Looking right at home in Miami's revamped attack, Marino returned to his home city to jump-start the Dolphins' offense. But Brister's new-look offense still isn't going anywhere. The Steelers (1-3) are still without an offensive touchdown this season.

Sammie Smith ran for two touchdowns as Miami (3-1) outgained the Steelers by 229 yards to 27 in taking a 21-3 halftime lead. Miami had a 16-1 first-half edge in first downs.

Jim Jensen, who had only two catches in three games, made two important third-down receptions on the Dolphins' first scoring drive. And Jensen's 31-yard completion to Ferrell Edmunds, the ex-Maryland tight end, on a fake punt keyed another first-half touchdown thrust.

"This offense is fine with me," said Marino. "I want to get back to the Super Bowl. When the long plays are there, we'll still take a chance. We were able to execute the third downs, and that was the key."

The Steelers' offense finished with only 160 yards and managed only Gary Anderson's fifth and sixth field goals of the season. Pittsburgh avoided a first-half shutout when defensive end Aaron Jones intercepted Marino's tipped pass, setting up Anderson's 46-yard kick with five seconds left.

"It got to the point where you could hear {Steelers offensive players} arguing with each other," Dolphins safety Louis Oliver said. "The running backs were barking at the line, and Bubby was telling his line, 'C'mon, protect me.' That gives you the okay to tee off on them."

Brister was intercepted twice by Tim McKyer and once by Eric Kumerow and was sacked four times before being replaced by Rick Strom as the Steelers' offense -- under new coordinator Joe Walton -- continued its longest slump in Coach Chuck Noll's 22-season tenure.

Don Shula improved to 9-5 against Noll in a matchup of the NFL's two winningest active coaches.

Asked about the loud booing, Brister said: "If I were in the stands I'd boo too. There's something to boo about."