1976 Miami Dolphins season

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1976 Miami Dolphins season
Head coachDon Shula
Home fieldOrange Bowl
Results
Record6–8
Division place3rd AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify

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]

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
2 49 Loaird McCreary  Tight End Tennessee State
3 80 Duriel Harris  Wide Receiver New Mexico State
4 98 Melvin Mitchell  Guard Tennessee State
6 174 Gary Davis  Running Back Cal Poly-SLO
7 185 Joe Ingersoll  Guard UNLV
7 200 John Owens  Defensive End Tennessee State
8 230 Bob Simpson  Defensive End Colorado
9 257 Norris Thomas  Defensive Back Southern Miss
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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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


Roster[edit]

1976 Miami Dolphins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics

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 STK
Baltimore Colts(2) 11 3 0 .786 7–1 11–1 417 246 W1
New England Patriots(4) 11 3 0 .786 6–2 10–2 376 236 W6
Miami Dolphins 6 8 0 .429 5–3 6–6 263 264 L1
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 2–6 3–9 169 383 L4
Buffalo Bills 2 12 0 .143 0–8 2–10 245 363 L10

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]