- Super Bowl Championships: 2
- Last Super Bowl Championship: Super Bowl 8
- Claim to Fame: The Dolphins are the only team to win a Super Bowl with a perfect record (14-0 in 1972)
- Claim to Shame: The Dolphins have missed the playoffs 14 times in the past 16 years.
As the ninth member of the American Football League, the Miami Dolphins began play in 1966. They jumped out of the gates when RB Joe Auer returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in their first game, but came back to earth in losing that game and finishing their first season at 3-11.
After a few trying years, the Dolphins quickly turned things around. By the time new head coach Don Shula came on board in 1970, Miami was ready to be a contender and finished 10-4.
From 1970-74 their combined record was 65-15-1. They made the playoffs each year, competed for the Super Bowl in three of them, and won Super Bowl 7 and Super Bowl 8. During that time they also completed a perfect season in 1972.
After their second championship the Fins would remain competitive despite several stars defecting to the rival World Football League.
It wasn’t until the 1980’s when Miami would make their next appearances in the league’s title game, finishing as runners-up in the 1982 and 1984 seasons. From 1983-1999 they were lead by Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino who currently sits fifth all-time in NFL passing yards with 61,361.
2017 was a trying year for Dolphins’ fans as the team finished 6-10 and 5-9-2 ATS. With starting QB Ryan Tannehill sustaining a season-ending knee injury prior to the season, the Dolphins pulled Jay Cutler out of retirement.
Miami ranked 25th in yards per game on offense, 16th in defense and a lowly 29th in turnover differential.
The offseason saw the exodus of some big names in DT Ndamukong Suh, C Mike Pouncey and WR Jarvis Landry. Fortunately, they were offset with notable additions in WR Danny Amendola, RB Frank Gore and G Josh Sitton. During the draft Miami’s prize selection was first-round pick DB Minkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama.