The Miami Dolphins is a professional American football team that competes in the National Football League (NFL). They are based in the Miami metropolitan area and play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium. The franchise was founded in 1966 as an expansion team and played their first season in the AFL.
History, achievements Of Miami Dolphins
The team made its NFL debut in 1970. They reached the playoffs for the first time in 1982 and advanced to the Super Bowl twice, but lost both times. After 32 years, they finally won their first championship by defeating the Minnesota Vikings in 1973. The Dolphins repeated as champions by defeating the Washington Redskins in 1974.
Miami has had mixed success since then, reaching the playoffs six times but failing to win another championship. However, they are one of the most successful teams in the league and reach to top 10 the most success club in NFL, with six consecutive playoff appearances for eight non-consecutive seasons.
As of 2016, the Dolphins have yet to qualify for another Super Bowl since then. However, they remain second on the list of AFC Champions League appearances, with 38 overall appearances. They are also the only team that has played one or more games every year since 1966 even though they did not join the NFL until 1970. Although there is no official media coverage of their games, some Miami Dolphins club records are highly recognized and stand alongside Super Bowl records; 17 players share 16 individual single-game rushing records (with two ties) as well as 5 different individual career touchdown scoring leaders (with 3 ties). Five players have over ten individual career records each, including two players with 19 each.
The club currently holds the major team record for the longest winning streak in consecutive seasons being 6 straight from 1971–1976, tied with three other teams. The most recent references to the Dolphin’s regularly scheduled opponents and their records versus them only began during the 1995 season when they played in Tampa Stadium until Raymond James Stadium opened in 1998 in Tampa and continue to this day (the Buccaneers relocated there in 1997). Prior to that time, they played in Florida Suncoast Dome (now named Tropicana Field) in St. Petersburg from 1984 until 1993; when since 1994, when they played at Joe Robbie Stadium (now named Hard Rock Stadium) until 1996 concurrently with the aforementioned domed stadium in the same city which the Buccaneers continue to play at after 1997, outside of 1991 when Hurricane Andrew caused game cancellations (the Dolphins played 3 games for home-field advantage against the Oilers during their bye week) forcing both teams to utilize Florida’s cities as temporary homes; first came the home of Miami Heat court Miami Arena and they both shared it from 1993–1995.
The club has numerous division titles (10), but they are known for only having won one Super Bowl (1972 season)) up until now despite its successes throughout its history, particularly in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1981, and 1984 where they went to their respective AFC Championship Games. The 2010s were particularly notable as they became the first team since the 2004 New England Patriots to win the division three consecutive times from 2015–2017 and became the first team ever in NFL history to reach the playoffs in each of those three seasons. They finally repeated as champions by winning Super Bowl LIV after the 2017 season.
Top 10 players in the Miami Dolphins club
voted by fans, players, and local media. All three groups were canvassed over the last two weeks, and we present our rankings and reasoning in a series of articles
1. Ryan Tannehill- quarterback
Ranked as the 4th best QB that is currently in the league, Tannehill was able to help his team acquire an 8-8 place last season. With hopes of attaining their first playoff spot since 2008, it appears that Tannehill will be expected to put up big numbers this upcoming season.
2. Mike Pouncey – center
In just five seasons under his belt, Pouncey has been selected twice as a pro bowler which makes him one of the most promising centers in the NFL today. In addition to being a reliable blocker, he also helps provide protection for Tannehill who is constantly under attack by defenses.
3. Jarvis Landry – wide receiver
One of the most exciting receivers in the NFL, Landry was able to haul in 110 receptions for 1,157 yards and four touchdowns last season. With his explosive playmaking ability, it is expected that he will only continue to rack up the yards and touchdowns this upcoming year.
4. Ndamukong Suh- defensive tackle
Renowned as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, Suh is also one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the league. Playing an important role in stopping the run as well as pressuring the quarterback, it is no wonder that teams often game plan around him.
5. Cameron Wake- defensive end
Despite being in the NFL for eight seasons now, Wake is still one of the most fearsome defensive linemen in the league. With his quick first step and propensity for getting to the quarterback, Wake often causes havoc for opposing offenses.
6. Reshad Jones- safety
Jones is coming off a season where he was selected to his first pro bowl. A hard hitting safety with great coverage skills, Jones has quickly become one of the top defensive players on the Dolphins squad.
7. DeVante Parker- wide receiver
After missing a good chunk of last season due to injury, Parker will be looking to make up for lost time this year. With his size and speed, Parker has the potential to be one of the best receivers in the NFL.
8. Kenny Stills- wide receiver
In his first season with the Dolphins, Stills was able to establish himself as a deep threat receiver. With his speed and ability to get behind coverage, it is expected that he will continue to be a big playmaker for Miami this upcoming year.
9. Laremy Tunsil- offensive tackle
The 13th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Tunsil is already being touted as one of the best offensive linemen in the league. With his great size and athleticism, it is only a matter of time before he becomes the anchor of Miami’s offensive line.
10. Jay Ajayi- running back
Despite having limited playing time last year, Ajayi was able to make a significant impact on the Dolphins. Capable of running over opposing defenders and catching the ball out of the backfield, he is going to be a vital part of Miami’s run game this upcoming season.