2003 Miami Dolphins season

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2003 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Dave Wannstedt
Owner Wayne Huizenga
Home field Pro Player Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 2003 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 38th overall, and 34th as a member of the National Football League. The Dolphins improved upon their previous season's output of 9–7, instead winning 10 games.[1] This marked the seventh consecutive winning season for the team and fifteenth straight with a record of .500 or better, but for the second straight year they failed to clinch a playoff berth.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2003 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – John Gamble
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Brad Roll

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 7, 2003 Houston Texans L 21–20 CBS 1:00pm
73,010
2 September 14, 2003 at New York Jets W 21–10 CBS 1:00pm
77,461
3 September 21, 2003 Buffalo Bills W 17–7 ESPN 8:30pm
73,458
4 Bye
5 October 5, 2003 at New York Giants W 23–10 CBS 1:00pm
78,863
6 October 12, 2003 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–10 CBS 1:00pm
66,437
7 October 19, 2003 New England Patriots L 19–13 CBS 1:00pm
73,650
8 October 27, 2003 at San Diego Chargers W 26–10 ABC 9:00pm
73,014
9 November 2, 2003 Indianapolis Colts L 23–17 CBS 1:00pm
73,258
10 November 9, 2003 at Tennessee Titans L 31–7 CBS 1:00pm
68,809
11 November 16, 2003 Baltimore Ravens W 9–6 CBS 1:00pm
73,333
12 November 23, 2003 Washington Redskins W 24–23 ESPN 8:30pm
73,578
13 November 27, 2003 at Dallas Cowboys W 40–21 CBS 4:00pm
64,110
14 December 7, 2003 at New England Patriots L 12–0 CBS 4:15pm
68,436
15 December 15, 2003 Philadelphia Eagles L 34–27 ABC 9:00pm
73,780
16 December 21, 2003 at Buffalo Bills W 20–3 CBS 1:00pm
73,319
17 December 28, 2003 New York Jets W 23–21 CBS 1:00pm
73,720

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 vs. Houston Texans[edit]

The Dolphins season got off to a rough start in their first ever meeting with the second-year Houston Texans. The Dolphins behind three Jay Fiedler touchdowns led 20-15 in the fourth, but two field goals (the first off a Fiedler interception) put the Texans up 21-20 with thirty seconds to go. Fielder was then intercepted again, ending the game in a 21-20 Miami loss.

Week 2 at New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Dolphins 7 14 0 0 21
Jets 3 0 0 7 10

[2] Ricky Williams erupted to 125 rushing yards and a touchdown as Fiedler and Travis Minor added 62 more yards on the ground in Miami's first win of the season. The Dolphins held Curtis Martin to 32 yards total.

Week 3 vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

After being swept the year before the Dolphins embarrassed the Bills, limiting them to 139 yards of offense and intercepting Drew Bledsoe three times. Ricky Williams exploded to 154 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 17-7 Miami win.

Bye Week[edit]

Week 5 at New York Giants[edit]

The Dolphins continued surging 23-10 despite being outgained 350 yards to 275. Miami intercepted Kerry Collins three times and rushed for 134 yards - 68 of them on James McKnight's 68-yard rushing touchdown.


Week 6 at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

The Dolphins put up just 234 total yards, were penalized for 149 total yards, yet picked off Byron Leftwich three times and snatched two Jaguars fumbles en route to winning 24-10. Randy McMichael scored when he scooped up a fumble by teammate Obafemi Ayanbadejo from the Jaguars 2-yard line.


Week 7 vs. New England Patriots[edit]

The Dolphins and Patriots were battling for first in the AFC East and the Dolphins forced two fumbles - one by Tom Brady on a quarterback sneak - and led 13-6 before Brady whipped a 24-yard touchdown to a leaping David Givens. The Dolphins drove to the New England 17 before the two-minute warning; when Ricky Williams appeared to be downed short of a first down the Patriots challenged the spot but the call stood. Olindo Mare's 35-yard kick following the two-minute warning was blocked, but the Dolphins smothered the Patriots final drive (the key play came when former Patriot Terrell Buckley blew up a Kevin Faulk run for a four-yard loss). The game went to overtime and controversy ensued on the coin toss as the Patriots called tails but referee Gerald Austin, using a silver dollar that came up Lady Columbia (heads on a silver dollar) called it heads. On the Dolphins ensuing drive Fiedler completed a 31-yard bomb to the left sideline to Derrius Thompson; four Ricky Williams runs for 26 yards put the ball back on the 17, the dirt portion of the field with Pro Player Stadium hosting the 2003 World Series involving the Florida Marlins. Mare's kick missed, but the Patriots had to punt; on the next Miami drive Fiedler escaped a sack and heaved a bomb that was intercepted by Tyrone Poole at the New England 18. From there Brady finished off the game on an 82-yard touchdown to Troy Brown.

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 5–1 11–1 348 238 W12
Miami Dolphins 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 311 261 W2
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 243 279 L3
New York Jets 6 10 0 .375 1–5 6–6 283 299 L2

References[edit]