List of Miami Dolphins starting quarterbacks

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The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in Miami metropolitan area. They are members of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Lawyer Joe Robbie and actor Danny Thomas were granted enfranchisement on August 15, 1965, committing their team as the 9th member of the American Football League (AFL).[1][2]

The Dolphins have had 32 different starting quarterbacks (QB) in their franchise history; only George Mira and Tyler Thigpen have started only one game for the Dolphins.[3][4][a] The Dolphins' first starting quarterback was Dick Wood during the first inaugural season game in 1966, against the Oakland Raiders; Wood however was replaced a week later by rookie Rick Norton due to inconsistency.[5][6] Notable Dolphin starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Bob Griese and Dan Marino, whom together combined for 391 total starts and 239 wins all with the Dolphins.[7][8][9] Other standouts include Earl Morrall, Don Strock, David Woodley, Jay Fiedler, Chad Pennington, and A.J. Feeley.

The Miami Dolphins entered the 2012 season with the franchise's 32nd different starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He is the first rookie to ever start on opening day for the Dolphins.[10]

History[edit]

Inception[edit]

The Miami Dolphins entered their 1966 inaugural season with Dick Wood as their starting quarterback against the Oakland Raiders.[11] By the end of the first half Woods had thrown four interceptions, two of which translated to ten points by the Raiders.[5] Rookie replacement Rick Norton finished the second half of the game and started the next two games against the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.[12] Trailing 41-3 against the Bills, Norton was benched in favor of rookie punter George Wilson Jr., who played quarterback in college at Xavier University. Wilson outscored the Bills 21-17 during his 40 minutes of playing time, throwing three touchdowns and passing for 185 yards.[13]

I never thought I'd be the No. 1 Quarterback.

George Wilson Jr.[13]

Wilson went on to start the next seven games for the Dolphins. During that time Wilson collected the franchise's first and second victories against the Denver Broncos on October 16, and followed it up a week later with a victory against the Houston Oilers.[14] However, during the week twelve game against the New York Jets, Wilson suffered a shoulder-injury, that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.[15]

Dick Wood started the next three games for the Dolphins, but didn't finish out the season as rookie quarterback John Stofa started the final game against the Houston Oilers.[11] Stofa led the team to its third and final victory of the season by beating the Oilers 29-28.[16]

Bob Griese Era[edit]

Bob Griese, a quarterback from Purdue, was selected by the Miami Dolphins as the fourth pick, in the first round of 1967 Common Draft.[17] Entering the 1967 season rookie Griese was slated to develop as a backup quarterback behind John Stofa. However, due to an ankle injury suffered during the first game of the season, Stofa was sidelined, and Griese finished the game leading the Dolphins to 35-21 victory over the Denver Broncos. Griese started the next two games, but sustained an injury during the week five game against the New York Jets and was replaced by Rick Norton for three games. Griese resumed the role of starting QB for the remaining eight games of his rookie season.

For the next 13 seasons Bob Griese started a majority of the Miami Dolphins' games. During that tenure Griese became the first Miami Dolphin quarterback to start all of the season's games in 1970, lead by head coach Don Shula. In the same year the Dolphins collected their first winning season and playoff berth, but lost against the Oakland Raiders 21-14 in the Divisional Round. The following year, 1971, the Dolphins made their first Super Bowl appearance against the Dallas Cowboys, but lost 24-3.

In 1972 Griese started and won the first five games of the season, but fell victim to injury against the San Diego Chargers. Earl Morrall started and won the remaining nine games of season. Morrall started both the Divisional and AFC conference games, but Griese returned to start Super Bowl VII. Griese's 14-7 win against the Washington Redskins completed the NFL's first and only perfect season. Earl Morrall's performance earned him the NFL's inaugural Comeback Player of the Year Award. Starting 11 of the season's 17 games, contributions from his 1972 season and further performances in his career have listed him as one of the top back-up quarterbacks in NFL history.

In 1973 Griese started 13 regular season games, and led the Dolphins to their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, the first in NFL history and second consecutive Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl VIII, the second in NFL history.

Over the next seven years Bob Griese started 74 regular season and three playoff games. He sustained a multitude of injuries and shared the starting role with quarterbacks Earl Morrall, Don Strock, and David Woodley, but finally in 1980, against the Baltimore Colts, Griese sustained a shoulder-injury that would prompt him to retire at the end of the season.

Throughout his career Griese played in six pro bowls, two all-star games, was elected the Dolphins MVP six times, and was named All-Pro in 1971 and 1977. Throughout the 1970s the Miami Dolphins had the highest winning percentage in all of professional sports. Griese was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Following the end of the Griese era, quarterback David Woodley became the Dolphins starting quarterback and continued the Dolphin's success. Woodley made it to the playoffs in 1981 and in 1982. During the 1982 season the Dolphins lost in their fourth Super Bowl appearance against the Washington Redskins 17-27. In 1983, Woodley lost the starting job to rookie quarterback Dan Marino. David Woodley is known as being the transition quarterback between Bob Griese and Dan Marino.

Dan Marino Era[edit]

University of Pittsburgh freshman (1979)

Dan Marino, a quarterback from the University of Pittsburgh, was selected by the Miami Dolphins as the 27th pick, in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Much like Griese, Marino was slated to develop under starting quarterback David Woodley. During the third game of the season against the Los Angeles Raiders, Marino saw his first action as an NFL quarterback, and passed for ninety yards and threw for two touchdowns. Following a loss during week 4, Marino replaced Woodley, and the following week started his first game against the Buffalo Bills. Miami, however, lost the game in overtime 35-38.

Starting quarterbacks by season[edit]

Year Column links to corresponding team season
(#) Number of games started in the regular season or post-season win–loss record
Inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame[7]

Regular season[edit]

Season(s) Quarterback (Games) References
2014 Ryan Tannehill (8) [18]
2013 Ryan Tannehill (16) [18]
2012 Ryan Tannehill (16) [19][20]
2011 Matt Moore (12) Chad Henne (4) [21]
2010 Chad Henne (14) Chad Pennington (1) Tyler Thigpen (1) [4][22]
2009 Chad Henne (13) Chad Pennington (3) [23]
2008 Chad Pennington (16) [24]
2007 Cleo Lemon (7) Trent Green (5) John Beck (4) [25]
2006 Joey Harrington (11) Daunte Culpepper (4) Cleo Lemon (1) [26]
2005 Gus Frerotte (15) Sage Rosenfels (1) [27]
2004 A.J. Feeley (8) Jay Fiedler (7) Sage Rosenfels (1) [28]
2003 Jay Fiedler (11) Brian Griese (5) [29]
2002 Jay Fiedler (10) Ray Lucas (6) [30]
2001 Jay Fiedler (16) [31]
2000 Jay Fiedler (15) Damon Huard (1) [32]
1999 Dan Marino (11) Damon Huard (5) [33]
1998 Dan Marino (16) [34]
1997 Dan Marino (16) [35]
1996 Dan Marino (13) Craig Erickson (3) [36]
1995 Dan Marino (14) Bernie Kosar (2) [37]
1994 Dan Marino (16) [38]
1993 Scott Mitchell (7) Dan Marino (5) Steve DeBerg (4) [39]
1992 Dan Marino (16) [40]
1991 Dan Marino (16) [41]
1990 Dan Marino (16) [42]
1989 Dan Marino (16) [43]
1988 Dan Marino (16) [44]
1987[b] Dan Marino (12) Kyle Mackey (3) [45]
1986 Dan Marino (16) [46]
1985 Dan Marino (16) [47]
1984 Dan Marino (16) [48]
1983 Dan Marino (9) David Woodley (5) Don Strock (2) [49]
1982[b] David Woodley (9) [50]
1981 David Woodley (15) Don Strock (1) [51]
1980 David Woodley (11) Bob Griese (3) Don Strock (2) [52]
1979 Bob Griese (12) Don Strock (4) [53]
1978[c] Bob Griese (9) Don Strock (7) [54]
1977 Bob Griese (14) [55]
1976 Bob Griese (13) Don Strock (1) [56]
1975 Bob Griese (10) Don Strock (3) Earl Morrall (1) [57]
1974 Bob Griese (13) Earl Morrall (1) [58]
1973 Bob Griese (13) Earl Morrall (1) [59]
1972 Earl Morrall (9) Bob Griese (5) [60]
1971 Bob Griese (13) George Mira (1) [3][61]
1970 Bob Griese (14) [62]
1969 Bob Griese (9) Rick Norton (5) [63]
1968 Bob Griese (13) Rick Norton (1) [64]
1967 Bob Griese (10) Rick Norton (3) John Stofa (1) [65]
1966 George Wilson (7) Dick Wood (4) Rick Norton (2) John Stofa (1) [66]

Regular Season Stats[edit]

Updated through
week 9 2014 Season

Quarterback Jersey
Number
Games Wins Losses Ties Win %
FeeleyA.J. Feeley # 7 8 3 5 - .375
KosarBernie Kosar # 19 2 0 2 - .000
Griese, BobBob Griese # 12 151 92 56 3 .619
Griese, BrianBrian Griese # 14 5 3 2 - .600
HenneChad Henne # 7 31 13 18 - .419
PenningtonChad Pennington # 10 20 12 8 - .600
LemonCleo Lemon # 17 8 1 7 - .125
EricksonCraig Erickson # 7 3 1 2 - .333
HuardDamon Huard # 11 6 5 1 - .833
MarinoDan Marino # 13 240 147 93 - .613
CulpepperDaunte Culpepper # 8 4 1 3 - .250
WoodleyDavid Woodley # 16 40 27 12 1 .688
Wood Dick Wood # 18 4 0 4 - .000
StrockDon Strock # 10 20 14 6 - .700
MorrallEarl Morrall # 15 12 11 1 - .917
Mira George Mira # 10 1 1 0 - 1.000
WilsonGeorge Wilson # 10 7 2 5 - .286
FrerotteGus Frerotte # 11 15 9 6 - .600
Mackey Kyle Mackey # 15 3 1 2 - .333
FiedlerJay Fiedler # 9 59 36 23 - .610
HarringtonJoey Harrington # 3 11 5 6 - .455
BeckJohn Beck # 9 4 0 4 - .000
StofaJohn Stofa # 15 2 2 0 - 1.000
Moore Matt Moore # 8 12 6 6 - .500
LucasRay Lucas # 6 6 2 4 - .333
Norton Rick Norton # 11 11 1 10 - .091
TannehillRyan Tannehill # 17 40 20 20 - .500
RosenfelsSage Rosenfels # 18 2 0 2 - .000
DeBergSteve DeBerg # 17 4 2 2 - .500
Mitchell Scott Mitchell # 19 7 3 4 - .429
GreenTrent Green # 10 5 0 5 - .000
ThigpenTyler Thigpen # 16 1 0 1 - .000
Totals 744 420 320 4 .567

Post Season[edit]

Post Season Stats[edit]

Quarterback Games Wins Losses Ref.
Bob Griese #12 11 6 5 [67]
Earl Morrall #15 2 2 0 [68]
David Woodley #16 5 3 2 [69]
Dan Marino #13 18 8 10 [70]
Jay Fiedler #9 3 1 2 [71]
Chad Pennington #10 1 0 1 [72]
Totals 40 20 20

Post Season Games[edit]

Quarterback Season Game Opponent Score win % Ref
Bob Griese 1970 Divisional Oakland 14-21 .545 [67]
1971 Divisional Kansas City 27-24 OT2[a]
AFC Championship Balt. Colts 21-0
Super Bowl VI Dallas 03-24 3-24
1972 Super Bowl VII Washington 14-0714-7
1973 Divisional Cincinnati 34-16
AFC Championship Oakland 27-10
Super Bowl VIII Minnesota 24-0724-7
1974 Divisional Oakland 26-28
1978 Divisional Houston Oilers 09-179-17
1979 Divisional Pittsburgh 14-34
Earl Morrall 1972 Divisional Cleveland 20-14 1.000 [68]
1972 AFC Championship Pittsburgh 21-17
David Woodley 1981 Divisional San Diego 38-41 OT[b] .600 [69]
1982 First Round New England 28-13
Second Round San Diego 34-13
AFC Championship New York Jets 14-0
Super Bowl XVII Washington 17-27
Dan Marino 1983 Divisional Seattle 20-27 .444 [70]
1984 Divisional Seattle 31-10
AFC Championship Pittsburgh 45-28
Super Bowl XIX San Francisco 16-38
1985 Divisional Cleveland 24-21
AFC Championship New England 14-31
1990 Wild Card Kansas City 17-16
Divisional Buffalo 34-44
1992 Divisional San Diego 31-0
AFC Championship Buffalo 10-29
1994 Wild Card Kansas City 27-17
Divisional San Diego 21-22
1995 Wild Card Buffalo 22-37
1997 Wild Card New England 03-17 3-17
1998 Wild Card Buffalo 24-17
Divisional Denver 03-38 3-38
1999 Wild Card Seattle 20-17
Divisional Jacksonville 07-627-62
Jay Fielder 2000 Wild Card Indianapolis 23-17 OT .333 [71]
Divisional Oakland 00-270-27
2001 Wild Card Balt. Ravens 03-20 3-20
Chad Pennington 2008 Wild Card Balt. Ravens 09-27 9-27 .000 [72]
  • a As of the 2011 season, this was the longest game (82 minutes, 40 seconds) in NFL history.
  • b The Dolphins hosted the "Air Coryell" Chargers in one of the greatest playoff games in NFL history, the "Epic In Miami".

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Notes[edit]

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