1976 Miami Dolphins season

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1976 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Orange Bowl
Results
Record 6–8
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1975 1977 >

The 1976 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 11th, and seventh as a member of the National Football League (NFL). The Dolphins failed to improve on their previous season's output of 10–4, winning only six games.[1] One of these wins came over their new in-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — who proceeded to lose all 14 games that year. The 6–8 finish marked the first losing record of head coach Don Shula's career.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1976 NFL Draft
1976 Miami Dolphins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 17 Larry Gordon  Linebacker Arizona State
1 19 Kim Bokamper *  Defensive end San Jose State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[2]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1976 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Don Shula

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Carl Taseff
  • Punting – Tom Keane


Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1976 at Buffalo Bills W 30–21
77,683
2 September 19, 1976 at New England Patriots L 30–14
46,053
3 September 26, 1976 New York Jets W 16–0
49,754
4 October 3, 1976 Los Angeles Rams L 31–28
60,753
5 October 10, 1976 at Baltimore Colts L 28–14
58,832
6 October 17, 1976 Kansas City Chiefs L 20–17
43,325
7 October 24, 1976 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–20
61,437
8 October 31, 1976 New England Patriots W 10–3
52,863
9 November 7, 1976 at New York Jets W 27–7
53,344
10 November 14, 1976 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–3
48,945
11 November 22, 1976 Baltimore Colts L 17–16
62,104
12 November 28, 1976 at Cleveland Browns L 17–13
74,715
13 December 5, 1976 Buffalo Bills W 45–27
43,475
14 December 11, 1976 Minnesota Vikings L 29–7
46,543

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Baltimore Colts(2) 11 3 0 .786 7–1 11–1 376 236
New England Patriots(4) 11 3 0 .786 6–2 10–2 246 171
Miami Dolphins 6 8 0 .429 5–3 6–6 263 264
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 2–6 3–9 169 383
Buffalo Bills 2 12 0 .143 0–8 2–10 245 363

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1976 Miami Dolphins
  2. ^ "1976 Miami Dolphins draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 

External links[edit]