The Miami Dolphins, based in the Miami Metropolitan area, is a professional American Football team that plays as one of the four teams in the AFC East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Currently owned by Stephen M Ross, the Miami Dolphins is the oldest professional sports team in the state of Florida. They play their home games at the Hard Rock Stadium in the northern suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida. Out of all of its fellow division teams, this is the only one that wasn’t originally a charter member of the old American Football League (AFL) – the earlier rivals of the NFL. The Dolphins, alongside the Atlanta Falcons, was also one of the first football teams based in the southeast.
The Miami Dolphins were founded in 1965 by Joe Robbie, attorney-politician and the actor-comedian Danny Thomas. They played their first season in the AFL in 1966 and were the first professional football team in that region since the Miami Seahawks, who played in the All-America Football Conference twenty years previous – and then went on to become the Baltimore Colts.
They reached their first Super Bowl in Super Bowl VI but lost out to the Dallas Cowboys. However, the next year they achieved the league’s only perfect season, winning all fourteen of their regular-season games then and topped it off by winning all three playoff games then winning the Super Bowl. Although they were the third team to manage the perfect season, it was the first to do so after the AFL/NFL merger. They won the Super Bowl the following season – and this made them the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls and only the second team to win back-to-back Super Bowls. They went on to appear in Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XIX but lost both times.
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For nearly all of their early seasons, the Miami Dolphins were coached by Don Shula – who, in terms of games won, has been one of the most successful head coaches in the history of professional football. Under the guidance of Shula, they only posted 2 losing records out of 26 seasons. Between 1983 and 1999, their star quarterback, Dan Marino became one of the best passers ever in the sport, breaking several league passers records in his career. He led his team to five division wins, ten playoffs and an appearance in Super Bowl XIX in 1998 – the season before he retired.
Ten years later, in 2008, the Miami Dolphins were the first team in NFL history to win the division title and reach the playoffs with a league’s worst 1-15 record. It was in that year that the team beat the New England Patriots on the road, using the Wildcat offense gimmick, which was the first time the Patriots had lost in the regular-season since December 2016 (another loss to the Dolphins). This was also the last year that the team has managed to win the AFC East division title. They brought in a new Head Coach, Brian Flores in 2019, but he was relieved of his duties at the start of 2022.
The Miami Dolphins Player Personnel
- Owner: Stephen M. Ross
- Chairman: Stephen M. Ross
- CEO: Tom Garfinkel
- Head Coach: –
- General Manager: Chris Grier
The Miami Dolphins Main Rivalries
The Miami Dolphins main rivals in the NFL are:
The Buffalo Bills
The Dolphins and Buffalo Bills have been rivals for a long time. During the 1970s, the rivalry was pretty one-sided in favor of the Dolphins – who won all 20 games in that decade. However, in the 1980s and 1990s after the signing of the Bills starting quarterback, Jim Kelly, things started to change. Although both teams were considered dominant in that era, it was the Bills that managed to gain the advantage – and dominated the Dolphins in their four playoff matches in the nineties. The only playoff game won by the Dolphins was after Jim Kelly retired.
In the 2000s, the division saw the rise of Patriot signing Tom Brady – and the retirement of Jim Kelly and Dolphin’s star Dan Marino – and their rivalry faded into insignificance. However, the two teams are still intense and some former Dolphins players have headed over to the Bills roster including Chris Hogan, Charles Clay and Dan Carpenter.
The New England Patriots
During the seventies and nineties, it was the Dolphins that was the dominant team. However, this is not to say that there weren’t some memorable moments – such as the Snowplow game. Things started to turn around when Tom Brady signed as quarterback for the Patriots – and from then on, the Patriots have dominated not just the division, but the entire AFC. Although the Dolphins proved a more challenging opponent than either the Bills or Jets in the 2000s, they didn’t break the team’s power. They did win some memorable games though, including the Miracle in Miami – and the Night that Courage Wore Orange in 2004, where the Dolphins came from 2-11 to win 28-29 to beat the defending Super Bowl champions – handing them the second defeat of the season.
To date, these teams have met 113 times and the Dolphins have won 59 times to the Patriots 54. Their first game was in November 1966 and this also resulted in a win for the Dolphins. The longest winning streak also belongs to the Dolphins with 9 consecutive victories between 1989-1993.
The New York Jets
The rivalry between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets is probably the most bitter of all. There is a lot of anger from the Dolphins fans to the Jets based around the number of New York City-folk that relocate to South Florida – and that is coupled with the Jet’s cocky attitude.
Unlike some of the other rivalries, this is one that has been much more consistent throughout the years. They have produced some very memorable moments – such as Dan Marino’s fake spike and the time when Vinny Testaverde led the Jets to an impressive Monday Night Football comeback. It was also intensified when the Dolphins signed former jets quarterback, Chad Pennington – who led them to a divisional win. They have also faced off in the 1982 AFC Championships, which was won by the Dolphins who went on to appear in Super Bowl XVII against the Washington Redskins.
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Miami Dolphins Nicknames
- The No-Name Defense – the nickname given to the team’s defense in the 1970s
- The Killer Bees Defense – the nickname given to the defense in the 1980s
To date, the Miami Dolphins won 2 consecutive Super Bowl Championships:
- 1972: Super Bowl VII
- 1973: Super Bowl VIII
NFL/NFC Conference Championships
In the Miami Dolphins franchise history, they have won the AFC Conference Championships five times:
The Miami Dolphins NFL team has won 13 AFC East division titles:
Playoff Berth Appearances
The Miami Dolphins clinched NFC playoff spots 23 times since they were first established:
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2016.
Miami Dolphins Home Fields
Since they were first created, the Miami Dolphins have had two home fields:
- The Miami Orange Bowl between 1966 and 1986
- Hard Rock Stadium from 1987 until present
Miami Dolphins Pro Football Hall of Famers
There are nine players who have spent the majority of their career with the Dolphins that have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The starred players have spent a part of their career with the Dolphins but have been placed in the Hall of Fame primarily based on their role in another team.
- No. Player Position Dates Induction
- 42 Paul Warfield WR 1970–1974 1983
- 39 Larry Csonka FB 1968–1974, 1979 1987
- 62 Jim Langer C 1970–1979 1987
- 12 Bob Griese QB 1967–1980 1990
- 66 Larry Little G 1969–1980 1993
- 57 Dwight Stephenson C 1980–1987 1998
- 85 Nick Buoniconti LB 1969–1974, 1976 2001
- 13 Dan Marino QB 1983–1999 2005
- 34 Thurman Thomas* RB 2000 2007
- 88 Cris Carter* WR 2002 2013
- 55 Junior Seau* LB 2003–2005 2015
- 99 Jason Taylor DE 1997–2007,
- . 2009 & 2011 2017
Coaches and Contributors
- Name Position Seasons Inducted
- Don Shula Head Coach 1970–1995 1997
- Bill Parcells Executive VP of Football Ops 2008–2010 2013
- Bobby Beathard Director of Player Personnel 1972–1977 2018
- Jimmy Johnson Head Coach 1996–1999 2020
- George Young Director of Personnel 1975–1978 2020
Miami Dolphins Most Valuable Player Awards
Here are all the Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP) received by Miami Dolphins players:
- Season Player Position
- 1973 OJ Simpson RB
- 1991 Thurman Thomas RB
Miami Dolphins FAQs
What Are the Odds of the Dolphins Winning the Super Bowl?
This depends on what bookmakers you look at – and the odds will change as the season progresses. To look for the available odds choose a betting site that offers features such as live streaming, audio gallery, promo and bonus offers etc. Click on Super Bowl, menu, teams and look for the Dolphins. You can choose between all sorts of bets such as Moneyline, Totals, Against the Spread and more.
The odds will be based on their current form, so keep on top of it to see if it’s a value bet. Look at their Instagram, Twitter, Facebook pages, gamepass games insights, check out Dolphins news in the Miami Herald etc. Look through location network news, pause – decide whether or not the odds fairly represent the chance of the Dolphins winning.
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