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|Stadium:||Hard Rock Stadium|
|Colours:||Aqua, orange & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Larry Csonka, Bob Griese, Paul Warfield, Dwight Stephenson, Zach Thomas, Larry Little, Bob Kuechenberg, Bill Stanfill & Richmond Webb|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||None|
|Rivals:||Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets & Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Legends:||Bob Griese, Earl Morrall, Paul Warfield, Nat Moore, Mark Clayton, Norm Evans, Bruce Hardy, Keith Sims, Jim Mandich & Bruce Hardy|
|Retired Numbers:||12, 13 & 39|
|Super Bowl Championships:||2: 1972 & 1973|
|Conference Championships:||5: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1982 & 1984|
|1st 2021 Draft Pick:||#6 – Jaylen Waddle (traded from Philadelphia Eagles)|
|2021 Power Ranking:||9|
The Miami Dolphins may be undergoing a rebuild as they aim to breed youth and head to the playoffs after a four year hiatus, but how their fans wish they would be back to the glory days. Established in 1966 under Joseph Robbie, the Dolphins didn’t take long to reach the ultimate goal, in fact it took only six years, the fastest to reach that goal by any expansion franchise.
However, their first few years in the American Football League (before they merged with the NFL) were a struggle as coach Geore Wilosn (who coached the team from 1966-1969) led them to a 15-39-2 win-loss-tie record, including ending the Dolphins first season with a 4-10 record.
For most of the 60s, it could be seen as seasons to forget, as they managed to win three games in 1969 and they finished bottom in the AFL Eastern division. However, despite winning three games in Wilson’s last year there were positive signs that they were at least heading in the right direction by bleeding youth into the team.
Ahead of the 1967, 1968 and 1969 seasons Wilosn introduced future Hall of Famers Bob Griese in 1967, Larry Csonka in 1968 and Larry Little in 1969, and soon enough they would be an integral part of Miami Dolphins folklore.
After an underwhelming first few seasons by coach Wilson, the Dolphins decided to act swiftly as they signed Don Shula as coach from 1970 to 1995, and it took only two years before he left his mark for the Dolphins.
The 1972 season is one to be stuck with Miami Dolphins fans for years to come. One of the reasons it is so heavily remembered for is the Dolphins endured a perfect season which included a Super Bowl win when they defeated Washington Redskins 14-7, as they ended their season with a 17-0 win loss record, with safety Jake Scott claiming the Super Bowl MVP.
There was no sign of a hangover the following year either as they went back-to-back as they claimed Super Bowl VIII over the Minnesota VIkings defeating them 24-7, with fullback Larry Csonka claiming the Super Bowl MVP.
The following year left a huge void that the Dolphins needed to fill as numerous star players left the NFL to play in the World Football League, which included Dolphins Csonka and Jim Kiick as well as Paul Warfield.
Since then the Dolphins have never really hit the highs of claiming a Super Bowl however, they did reach the NFL’s biggest game twice since their victory in 1973 as they made it to Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XIX, losing to Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers respectively.
They came close a year later but fell at the final hurdle losing the conference championship to the New England Patriots. Throughout much of the 90s and early 2000s the Dolphins were a regular attendee in the postseason as they only managed to miss the playoffs three times.
During that time they only managed to get as far as the division rounds and even some wildcard playoffs, whereas they never got close to another Super Bowl appearance. After enduring one of their worst seasons in 2007 where they managed one win, the Dolphins responded when they won 11 games to make it the playoffs in 2008, ending a seven year postseason drought, but lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the wildcard playoffs.
Much like the period between 2001 and 2007, the Dolphins had to wait further seven years to make it to their most recent playoff appearance in 2016, where once again they crashed out in the wildcard playoffs losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Dolphins are currently in the midst of a rebuild headlined by quarterback Joseph Rosen who was taken at pick #10 in the 2018 NFL draft as he aims to better the Dolphins and his own development, and hopefully leading the Dolphins to a better season in 2020.
After starting the 2020 season 0-2, the Miami Dolphins improved to 3-3 after seven weeks under the leadership of veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Following their Week 7 bye, the 5th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Tua Tagovailoa was named as the Dolphins’ starting QB for Week 8. Although he personally did not dominate as he did in college, Tagovailoa led the Dolphins to a 6–3 record down the stretch, becoming the fifth rookie quarterback since the 1970 merger to win their first three starts.
Despite their improvements, Miami failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season due to a blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills and the Indianapolis Colts’ victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17. The Dolphins became the first team to miss the playoffs with 10+ wins since the 2015 New York Jets.
After a year where the Dolphins went back and forth over whether Tua Tagovailoa should start, the Dolphins have crowned him the starting quarterback. Last season the Dolphins showed a lot of promise going 10-6 behind the coaching of Brian Flores and could be a Wild Card this season in the tough AFC East. However, is this unit good enough to make the playoffs, or will Tua fail to deliver in his first year as the bonafide starter?
The Dolphins have been for the last 2 decades in the shadow of the New England Patriots’ dominance. Now with head coach Brian Flores and second year Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins look to finally make the next jump into the playoffs. Brian Flores will be tasked with pushing the Dolphins to the next level.
Flores started his career as an assistant in 2004 at the New England Patriots and worked his way up the ranks of the Patriots coaching system. With the Patriots, Flores won 3 Super Bowls. In 2019, Flores was offered the head coaching role of the Dolphins which he accepted. In his first season, the Dolphins were undeniably tanking, leading to a 5-11 record.
However, in his second season as coach, Flores led the team to a 10-6 record. Flores is a defensive minded coach who has transformed the Dolphins defense into a unit that was tied for first in the league for interceptions and caused the most total turnovers in the league.
To assist Flores and Tagovailoa, the Dolphins front office made a few important moves. The front office made a concerted effort to add pieces to the offense which was a bottom half unit last year. The additions of speedster Will Fuller and Malcolm Brown give Tua more pieces to work with.
In the draft the Dolphins added arguably the best receiver in the draft, Jaylen Waddle, Tua’s old teammate. The front office also went and got rid of Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator after a season of low productivity. The Dolphins have a lot of young pieces that are looking to grow on their roster and provided this unit plays to their potential, they could create a splash this season.
The Dolphins offense looks like it could be a lot of fun to watch due to the free agency signing and the Dolphins spending considerable draft capital on their offense. They have also improved their offensive line through the draft by selecting Liam Eichenberg to protect Tua. With a new array of weapons, this Tua led offense should be a lot better in 2021 and should be in the top half of the league.
During training camp Tua has looked much better than he did last year. Despite having growing pains in his first year, Tua was an impressive 6-3 as a starter. Now with more weapons and time with first team reps, look for Tua to improve on his pace from last year.
The running back got better as well with the arrival of Malcolm Brown who is a reliable and a consistent back. However, despite this, the Dolphins do have one of the worst running back rooms in the league and with Myles Gaskins looking to be their starting back. The offensive line won’t help with that either as they were one of the worst lines in the league last year.
The addition of Eichenberg should help but he will have growing pains transitioning into the NFL. The play of the Dolphins offense will be determined by the development and growth of their young group of talent.
Currently that group isn’t enough to beat the best defense in the AFC, but if they can make the jump all round, they certainly will be a problem this season. Until that happens though, expectations are muted for this offense which will likely be a middle of the pack unit.
The Dolphins defense is the strong point of this team. Last year, due to the clever scheming of Flores and the defensive coaching staff, the Dolphins maximised their talent and played well beyond expectations. The Dolphins have one of the most underrated defenses in the league. Although they have some flaws to work on, which if sorted out, they are heading in the right direction.
The strength of this defensive unit is their cornerback group. They do everything from blitzing to man coverage. Xavien Howard and Byron Jones have been studs for the Dolphins with Howard intercepting a staggering 10 passes last season.
The Dolphins also have Safeties Eric Rowe and Jason McCourty, who are both former corners, to shut down opposing tight ends and backs. This ball hawking secondary is masterful at getting the ball and will continue to do so in 2021.
The biggest issue for the Dolphins is their front 7, but more specifically their defensive line. The defensive line is one of the worst in the league and has a group of average to below average players. None of the defensive line received high grades last year and the same looks to occur this year.
The addition of Jaelan Phillips could be a wild card but is likely not enough to propel this unit into an average defense line. Even with the cornerback group blitzing heavily to generate pressure, the Dolphins were only 14th in team pressure rate. That shows how truly poor the play of the front 7 has been.
The Dolphins scheme wise will be solid and should do well slowing down opponents and getting turnovers. However, they are not a championship calibre defense and they are definitely not good enough to carry a bad offense which is potentially what the Dolphins could have. They will likely regress this year, but remain in the top 10 statistically.
The Miami Dolphins finished the 2020 season with 10+ wins for the first time since 2008, concluding the regular season with a 10-6 record.
In their second year under Brian Flores the Dolphins exceeded expectations for this season and their record against the spread is evident of that. Miami finished 11-5 ATS, the equal best record in the league.
When looking at total points, the Dolphins ended up with a 7-9 over-under record. Miami had a 5-2 record in their games that went Over and 5-4 in games that remained Under.
While currently being entertained as a potential suitor for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Miami Dolphins currently have odds of +2500 Super Bowl LVI. However, those odds will undoubtedly change when we know where Watson will be playing.
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Where do the Miami Dolphins play?
The Miami Dolphins play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium.
Who owns the Miami Dolphins?
Stephen M. Ross owns the Miami Dolphins.
Has the Miami Dolphins won an NFL Super Bowl?
The Miami Dolphins have won two Super Bowls.
Who is the Miami Dolphins coach?
Brian Flores is the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Do the Miami Dolphins play tonight?
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What is the Miami Dolphins record?
The Miami Dolphins finished the 2020 season with a 10-6 record.
Did the Miami Dolphins win last night?
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How much is the Miami Dolphins worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Miami Dolphins are worth $2.9 billion.
Who do the Miami Dolphins play tonight?
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How to watch the Miami Dolphins?
You can watch the Miami Dolphins on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, DIRECTTV NFL Sunday Ticket and on MiamiDolphins.com. You can also stream Dolphins games on the Dolphins app, Yahoo sports app, CBS All Access, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTTV Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday ticket, NFL GamePass and NFL Mobile app. You can also listen to coverage on NFL GamePass, Westwood One, TuneIn and Sirius XM.
Will the Miami Dolphins make the playoffs this year?
The Miami Dolphins did not make the playoffs last year after finishing with a 10-6 record, second in the AFC East and eighth in the AFC.
When do the Miami Dolphins play?
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When is the next Miami Dolphins game?
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Where did the Miami Dolphins finish the season?
The Miami Dolphins finished second in the AFC East and eighth in the AFC.
How many games did the Miami Dolphins win?
The Miami Dolphins won 10 games in the 2020 NFL season.
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