The Dolphins are the only current AFC East team that was not a charter member of the division, joining the AFL as an expansion franchise in 1966. The Dolphins never won more than five games in a season under original coach George Wilson, but immediately became an
Amazingly, the Dolphins haven’t reached the Super Bowl since 1984. Shula is the only coach in franchise history to take the team to the big game. Shula left the Dolphins in 1995 and in 2016.
After Don Shula departed, the Dolphins tried to follow a similar formula by luring a former NFC Super Bowl-winning coach to South Beach in the form of Jimmy Johnson and for a time, it looked as if it would work.
Johnson and his successor Dave Wannstedt took Miami to five straight playoff appearances from 1997-2001, but the Dolphins could never get to the AFC title game and eventually began to backslide. Miami hasn’t won a playoff game since 2000 and the Dolphins haven’t played in the postseason since 2008, but they’ve suffered five double-digit losing campaigns since 2004, including a franchise-worst 1-15 season in 2007.
Adam Gase will become the 10th coach since Shula and his hoping fortunes change during his reign.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only unbeaten Super Bowl champion, going 17-0, closing out perfection with a 14-7 triumph over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
But did you know that the Dolphins also began their existence with a perfect play? Opening their inaugural AFL campaign in 1966 by playing host to the Oakland Raiders, Joe Auer gathered in the opening kickoff from the Raiders’ Mike Eischeid and rambled all the way for a touchdown.
The Dolphins and the 1967 New Orleans Saints remain the only teams in league history to begin their first game by returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
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Miami Dolphins Game Schedule
The Miami Dolphins game schedule is listed here and it’s hard to fathom the Dolphins being able to improve much, if at all, on their 6-10 mark they posted during the 2015 season.
Miami Dolphins Standings Today
This is where you will see where the Miami Dolphins are situated in the current AFC East standings. It’s best, to find them more quickly, to start at the bottom and work your way up.
The Dolphins have finished higher than third in the division just twice in the past decade and that includes a trio of last-place finishes, which was where Miami ended up following a 6-10 mark in 2015. Opening on the road against two of the last three Super Bowl winners – the Seahawks and the Patriots – is no way to get the new regime off to a good start.
Miami hasn’t enjoyed a winning road record since going 6-2 away from home in 2010.
|1||New England Patriots||16||14||2||441||250||0.875|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||16||12||4||389||311||0.750|
|6||New York Giants||16||11||5||310||284||0.688|
|8||Green Bay Packers||16||10||6||432||388||0.625|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||9||7||354||369||0.563|
|22||New Orleans Saints||16||7||9||469||454||0.438|
|26||New York Jets||16||5||11||275||409||0.313|
|27||San Diego Chargers||16||5||11||410||423||0.313|
|28||Los Angeles Rams||16||4||12||224||394||0.250|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||14||309||480||0.125|
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Certainly they will need significant uptick on offense to make any forward progress. In 2015 the Dolphins ranked 27th in the league in points per game (19.4) 26th in total offense (331.7 yards), 23rd in rushing yardage (93.5) and 19th in passing yardage (238.2).
Miami was one of just one of seven NFL teams that failed to run 1,000 offensive plays from scrimmage.
When the Dolphins were winning Super Bowls in the 1970s, they were backed by what became known as the no-name defense, a bunch of undistinguished individuals who came together as a group to be most effective stoppers of both the run and the pass, allowing the fewest points in the NFL during their perfect 1972 campaign.
There are some names on Miami’s current defense, most notably defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, owner of a six-year, $114,375,00 contract. What these Dolphins don’t have a handle on is defense.
They finished 28th in rush defense (126.2 yards per game), 21st in pass defense (250.0) and 25th in overall defense (376.2) during the 2015 season, allowing an average of 24.3 points per game. The Dolphins coughed up at least 20 points in 10 of 16 games, five times alllowing more than 30 and once giving up 40.
In their Super Bowl years, the Dolphins had Bob Griese at the helm. When Dan Marino showed up in Miami, he was simply the most productive quarterback the NFL had ever seen. Today, the Dolphins have Ryan Tannehill under center and clearly while he’s the center of attention, Tannehill is often the center of controversy.
On paper it certainly looks good. In 2015 Tannehill became just the fourth QB in NFL history to throw for over 3,000 yards in each of his first four seasons. Selected eighth overall in the 2012 NFL draft, Tannehill was the first quarterback taken in the opening round of the draft by the Dolphins since Marino in 1983.
While some of his numbers look good, Tannehill grades out in the middle of the pack in terms of QB rating. His analytics are also poor, and there is serious question whether he has the goods to lead a team to success.