List of Miami Dolphins head coaches

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The Dolphins have played their home games in Hard Rock Stadium since 2016.

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football franchise based in Miami Gardens, Florida. They are members of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Dolphins began play in 1966 as an expansion team in the American Football League (AFL), and joined the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger. The team has played their home games at Dolphin Stadium, originally known as Joe Robbie Stadium, since 1987.[1] The Dolphins are currently owned by Stephen M. Ross.[2]

There have been twelve head coaches for the Dolphins franchise. The team's first head coach was George Wilson, who coached for four complete seasons.[3] Don Shula, who coached the Dolphins for 26 consecutive seasons, is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (392), the most regular-season game wins (257), the most playoff games coached (31), and the most playoff-game wins (17). Shula is also the only Dolphins head coach to win a Super Bowl with the team, winning two. He was named the United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year twice during his tenure with the Dolphins.[4] Shula is also the only Dolphins coach to have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach.[5] Adam Gase is the franchise's current head coach.[6]

Key

# Number of coaches[N 1]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Dolphins

Coaches

Don Shula on USO tour. He holds NFL record for wins.
Tony Sparano set NFL record for best 1 season turnaround.

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2016 NFL season.

# Name Term[N 2] Regular season Playoffs Achievements Ref.
GC W L T Win% GC W L
1 George Wilson 19661969 56 15 39 2 .278 [3]
2 Don Shula 19701995 392 257 133 2 .659 31 17 14 2 Super Bowl championships (1972, 1973)
5 AFC championships (1971, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984)
1970, 1972 UPI NFL Coach of the Year
11 AFC East Division Champion (1971–1974, 1979, 1981–1985, 1992,1994)
[4]
[7]
3 Jimmy Johnson 19961999 64 36 28 0 .563 5 2 3 [8]
4 Dave Wannstedt 20002004 73 42 31 0 .575 3 1 2 1 AFC East Division Champion (2000) [9]
5 Jim Bates*[a] 2004 7 3 4 0 .429 [10]
6 Nick Saban* 20052006 32 15 17 0 .469 [11]
7 Cam Cameron* 2007 16 1 15 0 .063 [12]
8 Tony Sparano 20082011[3] 61 29 32 0 .475 1 0 1 1 AFC East Division Champion (2008) [13]
9 Todd Bowles[b] 2011 3 2 1 0 .667 [14]
10 Joe Philbin* 20122015 52 24 28 0 .462 [15]
11 Dan Campbell*[c] 2015 12 5 7 0 .417 [16]
12 Adam Gase* 2016present 16 10 6 0 .625 1 0 1 [17]

Notes

  1. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Dolphins. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  2. ^ Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season.
  • a Wannstedt was fired 9 games into the 2004 season. Bates served as interim head coach for the remaining 7 games.
  • b Sparano was fired 13 games into the 2011 season. Bowles served as interim head coach for the remaining 3 games.
  • c Philbin was fired 4 games into the 2015 season.[6] Campbell served as interim head coach for the remaining 12 games.

References

General
  • "Miami Dolphins Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
Specific
  1. ^ "History". Dolphin Stadium. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Contacts - Administration". Miami Dolphins. NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  3. ^ a b "George Wilson Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  4. ^ a b Hickok, Ralph (2008-04-17). "NFL Coach of the Year Award". Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Miami Dolphins Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin after 1-3 start". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Don Shula Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  8. ^ "Jimmy Johnson Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  9. ^ "Dave Wannstedt Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  10. ^ "Jim Bates Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  11. ^ "Nick Saban Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  12. ^ "Cam Cameron Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  13. ^ "Tony Sparano Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  14. ^ "Todd Bowles". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Joe Philbin". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Dan Campbell Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Adam Gase Record". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
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