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The Miami Dolphins are a professional football team based in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins also known as The Fins were established in 1965 and played their inaugural season in 1966. They compete in the National Football League’s (NFL) American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The Miami Dolphins play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium and wear aqua, orange, white, and marine blue colored jersey. Since their establishment, the Dolphins have won two Super Bowls (1972, 1973), five conference championships and thirteen division championships. They’ve appeared in twenty three playoffs, including the 2016 playoffs.
The team is owned by Stephen M. Ross and Adam Gase has been their head coach since 2016. The Dolphins fans are known to be involved in the team’s administrative matters and have often protested management decisions. They are also known to be fiercely loyal to the Dolphins. If you are looking for Miami Dolphins tickets, they are available here.
The football scene in the Miami area predates the Dolphins. The first professional football team here was the Miami Seahawks. They were a member team of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). The Seahawks however lasted only one season.
It was in 1965 that the American Football League (AFL) awarded an expansion team to Danny Thomas, an actor and Joseph Robbie, a lawyer. The league wanted to establish a team in the Miami area since it was without a professional football team. It was also an area that was growing in population and its warm climate was perfect for outdoor sport and fans. The name, Miami Dolphins, was the result of a contest in which the “Dolphins” won.
The Miami Dolphins were like any other expansion team, struggling to win games and finishing regular seasons with a dismal record. From 1966 to 1969, they lost all four of their seasons. However, it changed in 1970.
The Miami Dolphins had played their first four seasons under head coach George Wilson. However, as Wilson left, Don Shula was brought on as the new head coach and it changed everything for the franchise.
The Don Shula Era
Shula was a disciple of another legendary coach, Paul Brown, the only head coach to have a team named after him, the Cleveland Browns. Shula, as expected, turned out to be a hard task master, who made the players participate in four workouts a day. The hard work paid off immediately, and the Dolphins registered their first ever wining regular season. The Dolphins finished their 1970 regular season with a 10-4 record and advanced into the playoffs. However, they lost to the Raiders in the divisional playoffs.
Carrying forward their last season’s momentum, the Miami Dolphins did even better in 1971. They finished their regular season at 10-3-1, winning AFC East. Once in the playoffs, the Dolphins defeated the Chiefs in the divisional playoffs and then the Colts in the conference championship game. The Dolphins then advanced to their first Super Bowl. Super Bowl VI was played between the Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys in New Orleans, where the Dolphins were battered by the Cowboys.
The Perfect Season
The 1972 Miami Dolphins season is considered to be the only perfect NFL season which ended with a Super Bowl win. The Dolphins finished their regular season with a 14-0 record and advanced into the playoffs. They then won both of their playoff games and secured a berth in the Super Bowl. Super Bowl VII was played in Los Angeles, where the Dolphins faced the Washington Redskins. They defeated the Skins 14-7 and won their first Super Bowl. All in all, they finished their season at 17-0 and remain to this day the only team to have an undefeated season which culminated in a Super Bowl win.
Another Season Another Super Bowl
The Dolphins were not content with winning just one Super Bowl Championship and wanted another. While their 1973 regular season was not undefeated (12-2), they nevertheless made the playoffs and once again won both of their playoff games to advance into yet another Super Bowl. Super Bowl VIII was played in Houston’s Rice Stadium and the Dolphins were up against the NFC Champions, the Minnesota Vikings. The Dolphins simply walked over the Vikings with a final score of 24-7. Although this would be the last time the Dolphins would win the Super Bowl, however, this wouldn’t be their last Super Bowl appearance.
All in all, Don Shula coached the Dolphins for 26 seasons, out of which the team posted winning records in 24 seasons. Don Shula remains the most successful head coach in the history of NFL in terms of most games won.
The Dan Marino Era
A lot of what Shula was able to achieve was due to one man, quarterback Dan Marino. Drafted in 1983, Marino would play for the Dolphins till 1999. With Marino leading, the Dolphins would win five division titles and appear in ten playoffs, including a Super Bowl appearance in 1985. Marino still holds many unbeaten league records. He retired after the 1999 season. Despite being known as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, Marino could not win a Super Bowl for his team.
The Dolphins Today
The Miami Dolphins are now coached by Adam Gase, who was hired in 2016. Their 2016 regular season ended with a 10-6 record, giving them a playoff berth after seven seasons. With players like Ndamukong Suh (DT), and Reshad Jones (S), on the roster, the Dolphins today are a formidable defensive unit. Not to be outdone, the Dolphins offense with Jarvis Landry (WR) is capable of making big plays. After finishing a successful 2016 season, the Dolphins are looking forward to another winning season. If you are looking for Miami Dolphins tickets, they are available here.