1966 Miami Dolphins season
|1966 Miami Dolphins season|
|Head coach||George Wilson|
|Division place||5th AFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1966 Miami Dolphins season was the team's inaugural year as an expansion franchise in the American Football League (AFL). The Dolphins team was founded by attorney/politician Joe Robbie and actor/comedian Danny Thomas. Future Harlem Globetrotters and Montreal Canadiens owner George N. Gillett, Jr. was a minority partner in the Dolphins. The team was led by George Wilson. The team finished the season with a 3-11 record. The team would start the season 0-5 before upsetting the Denver Broncos in Miami. They also swept the Houston Oilers on the season, becoming the first ever expansion team in the Super Bowl era to sweep a division rival, and the last until the Jacksonville Jaguars did it in 1995 against the Cleveland Browns.
With the first pick overall, the Dolphins selected running back Jim Grabowski our of the University of Illinois. Grabowski was also drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League's draft. The result was a bidding war between the two franchises to obtain Grabowski's services. The Packers signed Grabowski and he played for them for five seasons.
|1966 Miami Dolphins draft|
|1||1||Jim Grabowski||Running back||Illinois|
|1966 Miami Dolphins staff|
Special teams coaches
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|AFL Eastern Division|
|New York Jets||6||6||2||.500||4–3–1||322||312||W1|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|1||September 2, 1966||Oakland Raiders||L 23–14||0–1–0||
|2||September 9, 1966||New York Jets||L 19–14||0–2–0||
|3||September 18, 1966||at Buffalo Bills||L 58–24||0–3–0||
|5||October 2, 1966||at San Diego Chargers||L 44–10||0–4–0||
|6||October 9, 1966||at Oakland Raiders||L 21–10||0–5–0||
|7||October 16, 1966||Denver Broncos||W 24–7||1–5–0||
|8||October 23, 1966||at Houston Oilers||W 20–13||2–5–0||
|10||November 6, 1966||Buffalo Bills||L 29–0||2–6–0||
|11||November 13, 1966||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 34–16||2–7–0||
|12||November 20, 1966||at New York Jets||L 30–13||2–8–0||
|13||November 27, 1966||Boston Patriots||L 20–14||2–9–0||
|14||December 4, 1966||at Denver Broncos||L 17–7||2–10–0||
|15||December 11, 1966||Kansas City Chiefs||L 19–18||2–11–0||
|16||December 18, 1966||Houston Oilers||W 29–28||3–11–0||
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- "1966 Miami Dolphins draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014.