List of Miami Dolphins head coaches

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The Dolphins have played their home games in Sun Life Stadium since 1987.

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football franchise based in Miami Gardens, Florida. They are members of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Dolphins began play in 1966 as an expansion team in the American Football League (AFL), and joined the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger. The team has played their home games at Dolphin Stadium, originally known as Joe Robbie Stadium, since 1987.[1] The Dolphins is currently owned by Stephen M. Ross, and Jeff Ireland is their general manager.[2]

There have been ten head coaches for the Dolphins franchise. The team's first head coach was George Wilson, who coached for four complete seasons.[3] Don Shula, who coached the Dolphins for 26 consecutive seasons, is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (392), the most regular-season game wins (257), the most playoff games coached (31), and the most playoff-game wins (17). Shula is also the only Dolphins head coach to win a Super Bowl with the team, winning two. He was named the United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year twice during his tenure with the Dolphins.[4] Shula is also the only Dolphins coach to have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach.[5] Joe Philbin is the franchise's current head coach, having assumed the role following Tony Sparano's dismissal.[6]

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches[N 1]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Dolphins

Coaches[edit]

Don Shula on USO tour. He holds NFL record for wins.
Tony Sparano set NFL record for best 1 season turnaround.

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2013 NFL season.

# Name Term[N 2] Regular season Playoffs Awards
Titles
Ref.
GC W L T Win% GC W L
1 George Wilson 19661969 56 15 39 2 .278 [3]
2 Don Shula 19701995 392 257 133 2 .659 31 17 14 StarIconGreen.png2 Super Bowl championships (1972, 1973)
StarIconBronze.png5 AFC championships (1971, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984)
StarIconBronze.png1970, 1972 UPI NFL Coach of the Year
StarIconBronze.png11 AFC East Division Champion (1971–1974, 1979, 1981–1985, 1992,1994)
[4]
[7]
3 Jimmy Johnson 19961999 64 36 28 0 .563 5 2 3 [8]
4 Dave Wannstedt 20002004 73 42 31 0 .575 3 1 2 StarIconBronze.png1 AFC East Division Champion (2000) [9]
5 Jim Bates* 2004 7 3 4 0 .429 [10]
6 Nick Saban* 20052006 32 15 17 0 .469 [11]
7 Cam Cameron* 2007 16 1 15 0 .063 [12]
8 Tony Sparano* 20082011[3] 61 29 32 0 .475 1 0 1 StarIconBronze.png1 AFC East Division Champion (2008) [13]
9 Todd Bowles* 2011[3] 3 2 1 0 .667 [14]
10 Joe Philbin* 2012 32 15 17 0 .469 [15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Dolphins. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  2. ^ Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season.
  • 3 After 13 games of the 2011 season, with the Dolphins at 4–9, Sparano was fired as head coach and replaced by assistant head coach Todd Bowles on an interim basis.[6]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "History". Dolphin Stadium. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Contacts - Administration". Miami Dolphins. NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  3. ^ a b "George Wilson Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  4. ^ a b Hickok, Ralph (2008-04-17). "NFL Coach of the Year Award". Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Miami Dolphins Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Dolphins fire Sparano in midst of disappointing season". NFL.com (National Football League). December 12, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Don Shula Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  8. ^ "Jimmy Johnson Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  9. ^ "Dave Wannstedt Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  10. ^ "Jim Bates Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  11. ^ "Nick Saban Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  12. ^ "Cam Cameron Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  13. ^ "Tony Sparano Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  14. ^ "Todd Bowles". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Joe Philbin". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 

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