Remember when the Miami Dolphins had Larry Csonka, Bob Griese and the no-name defense which dominated the NFL? OK, maybe you’re not that old. Remember when the Dolphins were the NFL’s passing fancies behind the aerial circus over which Dan Marino was the ringmaster? OK, maybe you’re not that old. Remember the last time the Dolphins were AFC East champions? OK, that was in 2008 and that’s already eight years ago. The bottom line here is that no one fears the fin any longer because, quite frankly, there’s little to fear.
Unless of course, you happen to be a fan of the team. Then you can expect to be in for another long fall, both in terms of the season of the year and Miami’s season on the gridiron.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only Super Bowl champion in NFL history to go undefeated, rolling to a perfect 17-0 record that season, culminating in their 14-7 verdict over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
A quarter-century later, the Dolphins near did the mirror image of perfection, coming perilously close to putting their names alongside the 0-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers of 1976 and the 0-16 Detroit Lions of 2008.
In 2007, the same season that the New England Patriots went 16-0 to win the AFC East, the Dolphins stumbled across the finish line 1-15. Miami’s only win was a 22-16 Week 15 overtime decision over the Baltimore Ravens when Greg Camarillo caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Cleo Lemon, Camarillo’s first NFL TD. On the previous drive, Ravens kicker Matt Stover was wide left on a 44-yard field goal attempt. That was how close the Dolphins came to going 0-16.
Since Tony Sparano guided the Miami Dolphins to their most recent playoff appearance via an 11-5 season and an AFC East title in 2008, the Dolphins have deep-sixed head coaches just like Tony Soprano used to rid himself of rival mobsters.
Adam Gase, the newest Miami head coach, will be the fifth man placed in charge of the Dolphins’ fortunes since 2011. The former offensive co-ordinator of the Chicago Bears is viewed as an up-and-coaching coaching star and just the man to get the Dolphins swimming in the right direction again, but isn’t that what everyone said would happen in 2015 when the Dolphins threw a $114-million contract at free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh?
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Miami Dolphins Regular Season Schedule
Right here is where you will find the Miami Dolphins game schedule and it doesn’t figure to be a pretty start for the Dolphins under new coach Adam Gase.
Miami opens with road dates against two of the last three Super Bowl champions, travelling to Seattle to meet the 12th man and the Seahawks in Week 1, followed by a trip into Foxborough, Mass. to face AFC East rivals the New England Patriots, where the Dolphins haven’t won since 2008.
After a home date versus the Cleveland Browns, the Dolphins pack their bags again and are off to face another 2015 playoff team, facing the Cincinnati Bengals in the jungle. On top of that, it’s a short week with a Thursday night game in Cincinnati.
Sure sounds a lot like a 1-3 start to the season for Miami.
What Are The Miami Dolphins Standings
This is where you’ll discover where the Miami Dolphins are located in the AFC East standings and it’s a fairly safe bet that it won’t be a pretty picture.
As much as there’s bubling excitement that things will be different in 2016 under new head coach Adam Gase, anticipating the turnaround to be instantaneuous for the floundering Dolphins is way too optimistic. Remember, this is a team that hasn’t enjoyed a winning season since 2008 and has experienced only two winning campaigns since 2004.
As bad as the Dolphins were in going 6-10 during the 2105 season, there were even worse off in the oddsmakers books, going 5-11 against the spread. Miami was also 7-9 in the over/under and both numbers were the worst posted by any AFC East team.
|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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What’s wrong with Miami Dolphins? Where do we start? They stink when they have the ball. They stink when the other team has the ball.
This is a team that in 2015 ranked 27th in the NFL in offensive yards gained (331.69) and 25th overall in defensive yards allowed (376.19) per game. On the attack – to use the word attack loosely – the Dolphins were 27th in rushing (93.38 yards) and 17th in passing (238.31 yards). In scoring offense they ranked 27th, just 19.38 points per game.
Defensively, the Dolphins threw all that cash at defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to clog up the middle, yet allowed the 26th-most rushing yardage in the league (126.19 yards), an average of four yards per cary. The Dolphins were 21st overall in pass defense (250.00 yards) but why would a team throw against Miami when they are able to rush the ball with impunity?
Amazingly, despite these horrid defensive numbers, the Dolphins were only 18th in the NFL, allowing 24.31 points per game.
There are football people who will tell you that Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is vastly underrated. And there are and equal number of football people who will tell you that Tannehill is vastly overrated. For example, CBS Sports rated Tanneill the 21st best starting quarterback in the NFL.
Looking inside his numbers, there are some impressive totals. He’s thrown for at least 24 touchdowns in each of the past three seasons and in the last two campaigns, has tossed twice as many TDs as interceptions. But you can’t overlook the fact that Tannehill’s QB rating of 88.7 was 34th best in the NFL, though you have to blame some of that on the weak pass protection he was afforded. Pro Football Focus rated the Miami offensive line 31st in the NFL.
Gase plans to give Tannehill more freedom at the line of scrimmage than he got in the team’s previous offensive scheme, in which he was forbidden from calling audibles. Recently-retired Super Bowl champions quarterback Peyton Manning, who played under Gase in Denver, came to the Dolphins facility in the spring to tutor Tannehill in Gase’s offense.