1990 Miami Dolphins season

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1990 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Joe Robbie Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs

The 1990 Miami Dolphins season was the team's twenty-first season in the National Football League and twenty-fifth overall. After four seasons out of the playoffs with a combined record of 30 wins and 31 losses, the Dolphins returned to postseason play for the first time since 1985 with twelve wins and four losses. They defeated the Chiefs in the first round before being knocked out of contention by eventual AFC champions the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Playoff.

1990 marked the first time since their record 1972 perfect season that the Dolphins played the New York Giants, and merely the second in team history.[1] The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team's division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.[2]

Offseason[edit]

= Pro Bowler [3]

NFL Draft[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
9 Miami Dolphins Richmond Webb Tackle Texas A&M
40 Miami Dolphins Keith Sims Guard Iowa State
67 Miami Dolphins Alfred Oglesby Nose Tackle Houston
94 Miami Dolphins Scott Mitchell Quarterback Utah

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1990 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Don Shula
  • Assistant Head Coach – John Sandusky

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Junior Wade

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 9, 1990 at New England Patriots W 27–24
45,305
2 September 16, 1990 Buffalo Bills W 30–7
68,142
3 September 23, 1990 at New York Giants L 20–3
76,483
4 September 30, 1990 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 28–6
54,691
5 October 7, 1990 New York Jets W 20–16
69,678
6 Bye
7 October 18, 1990 New England Patriots W 17–10
62,630
8 October 28, 1990 at Indianapolis Colts W 27–7
59,213
9 November 4, 1990 Phoenix Cardinals W 23–3
54,294
10 November 11, 1990 at New York Jets W 17–3
68,362
11 November 19, 1990 Los Angeles Raiders L 13–10
70,553
12 November 25, 1990 at Cleveland Browns W 30–13
70,225
13 December 2, 1990 at Washington Redskins L 42–20
53,599
14 December 9, 1990 Philadelphia Eagles W 23–20
67,034
15 December 16, 1990 Seattle Seahawks W 24–17
57,851
16 December 23, 1990 at Buffalo Bills L 24–14
80,235
17 December 30, 1990 Indianapolis Colts W 23–17
59,547

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Buffalo Bills 13 3 0 .813 7–1 10–2 428 263 L1
(4) Miami Dolphins 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 336 242 W1
Indianapolis Colts 7 9 0 .438 3–5 5–7 281 353 L1
New York Jets 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–10 295 345 W2
New England Patriots 1 15 0 .063 1–7 1–11 181 446 L14

Player stats[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Att Comp Yds Touchdowns INT Rating
Dan Marino 531 306 3563 21 11 82.6

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Mark Clayton 32 406 12.7 43 3

Defense[edit]

Player Tackles Sacks Fumble Recoveries
Jeff Cross 60 11.5 2

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Wild Card Game[edit]

Miami Dolphins 17, Kansas City Chiefs 16
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 7 6 0 16
Dolphins 0 3 0 14 17

at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida

With 2:28 left in the game, the Dolphins capped an 85-yard drive with quarterback Dan Marino's winning 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mark Clayton.

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Buffalo Bills 44, Miami Dolphins 34
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 14 3 14 34
Bills 13 14 3 14 44

at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Jeff Cross, AFC Pro Bowl selection

Milestones[edit]

  • Dan Marino, 6th Consecutive 3,000 Yard Passing Season

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Giants v Miami Dolphins
  2. ^ History of the NFL's Structure and Formats
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.