Team Spirit author Mark Stewart talks about the OVERTIME web page.

Mark picks his favorite Dolphins

What’s new with the Miami Dolphins? That’s what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That’s because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

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Updates

2020 Season

2020 Season Preview: Miami has a rock-solid defense and a quarterback who knows how to win in Ryan Fitzgerald. They could win five games or they could win ten. It’s hard to predict. If all doesn’t go well, the Dolphins can bring in their top draft pick, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, an exciting player who could turn a bad season around. Whoever is throwing the ball will have a great target in veteran DeVante Parker. The Dolphins will have to improve their running game, however, in order to make a serious bid for a playoff spot.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: Miami won only five games in 2019, but all of those victories came after an 0–7 start and two were over the first-place Eagles and Patriots. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 3,529 yards and 20 touchdowns, and DeVante Parker caught 72 passes and scored 9 times.

2019 Season Preview: Miami has more question marks than any team in the league in 2019. Their coach, quarterback, and top runner are all elsewhere this year. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Allen will handle passing duties, while Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage will likely be the two main running backs for new coach Brian Flores. With Cameron Wake gone, too, the defense lacks a proven leader.

2018 Season

2018 Season Roundup: The Dolphins were in the playoff hunt until mid-December, when they lost their final four games to finish 7–9. Newcomer Danny Amendola led Miami in receptions and future Hall of Famer was the club’s top runner at age 35. Defensive ends Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn combined for 12.5 sacks.

September 16, 2018: Frank Gore passed Curtis Martin to reach #4 on the all-time rushing yardage list. Gore finished the game with 14,103 yards. Ahead of him at #3 is Barry Sanders, with 15,269.

2018 Season Preview: If quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Frank Gore can stay healthy, the Dolphins could put a lot of points on the board in 2018. The team has four sure-handed receivers and a solid offensive line. The defense will need to make big late-game stops, however, for Miami to finish with a winning record.

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: A preseason injury to QB Ryan Tannehill ruined a season of great promise for Miami, as the team finished 6–10. Among the few bright spots were Jarvis Landry, who caught 112 passes to lead the NFL, and defensive leader Reshad Jones, who had a Pro Bowl season.

2017 Season Preview: The Dolphins will go into battle without their #1 QB, Ryan Tannehill, who was injured in training camp. Talented-but-unpredictable Jay Cutler takes his place. He’ll be throwing to a group of receivers led by Kenny Still. Running back Jay Ajayi is one of the toughest players in the NFL.

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: The Dolphins flipped their 6–10 record of 2015 to finish 10–6 in 2016. Miami had one of the best teams in football during the second half of the season. Defensive stars Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh helped the dolphins run off six wins in a row in October and November. Jay Ajayi ran for 1,272 yards in his first year as a starter and receiver Jarvis Landry had another superb season. The Dolphins made the playoffs but lost their first-round game to the Steelers.

2016 Season Preview: What happened to Ryan Tannehill last year? Miami fans need their quarterback to look more like he did 2014 than in 2015 for them to have a chance to win their division. Tannehill may not get much help from his runners or receivers—there is talent at every position, but no one seems to have superstar potential. Ndomukong Suh leads a veteran defensive unit, but “veteran” could also mean “old.” There are many questions marks on both sides of the ball for the Dolphins.

2015 Season

October 25, 2015: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill set a new NFL record by completing 25 passes in a row. He connected on his final 7 passes the week before plus his first 18 in a 44–26 win over Houston.

2015 Season Preview: A pair of new receivers should help QB Ryan Tannehill and the Miami passing game, while free agent Ndomukong Suh hopes to inspire the Dolphins’ defensive line. If the offensive line can protect Tannehill better than last year, the team will be a playoff contender.

2014 Season

December 28, 2014: Lamar Mill became just the fourth player in NFL history to take a handoff and run more than 96 yards for a touchdown.

September 2, 2014: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill ran hot and cold in 2013. With a year of experience and a new offensive coordinator, Miami fans are hoping for him to take a giant step toward stardom. He’ll be joined by newcomer Knowshon Moreno, who helped the Broncos reach the Super Bow last season, Brent Grimes and Cameron Wake lead a so-so defense that needs its linebackers to play better in order to snag a playoff spot.

2013 Season

September 4, 2013: The Dolphins let two of their big stars—Reggie Bush and Jake Long—leave as free agents, but signed an even bigger one, receiver Mike Wallace. He and quarterback Ryan Tannehill are looking to make a little history in 2013, while a solid defense is just looking to make good plays.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: Ryan Tannehill won the starting QB job and kept it all year. No rookie passer had ever started every game for the team before. The result was a 7–9 record but plenty of hope for the future.

Summer, 2012: Will the 2012 Dolphins be the team they were in the first half of 2011 (1–7)‚ or the second half (5–3)? That will depend on how well Reggie Bush runs and Matt Moore throws. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill looks like the real deal, but it may be a couple of seasons before he is ready to star in the NFL.

More Go-To Guys

After the 1972 Super Bowl, Jake Scott could sign his name with the words “MVP Super Bowl VII”—and he did. (Author’s Collection)

There were a lot of good linemen in the 1970s, but I’d put Jim Langer in my Top 10 from that era. (Topps, Inc.)

If a pass was within five feet of Chris Chambers, he would do whatever it took to make the catch. (Author’s Collection)

  • Dick Anderson — Defensive Back
    Born: 2/10/1946
    Played for Team: 1968 to 1977
    Dick Anderson combined with Jake Scott to give the Dolphins one of the league’s best pass defenses. Anderson was a master at reading the eyes of the quarterback and then making an interception. He was voted the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1973.

  • Jake Scott — Safety
    Born: 7/20/1945
    Played for Team: 1970 to 1975
    Jake Scott drove Miami’s opponents crazy. He always seemed to be in the right place at the right time—for a bone-crunching tackle or a spectacular interception. Scott played in the Pro Bowl five times and was named All-Pro twice.

  • Jim Langer — Offensive Lineman
    Born: 5/16/1948
    Played for Team: 1970 to 1979
    The key to Miami’s success during the 1970s was the team’s great rushing attack. Jim Langer helped anchor the offensive line. He started 100 games in a row from 1972 to 1978. Langer was an All-Pro for four of those seasons.

  • Nat Moore — Receiver
    Born: 9/19/1952
    Played for Team: 1974 to 1986
    Nat Moore wasn’t big or super-fast, but the Dolphins never had a more dependable receiver. He was excellent at finding holes in the defense, especially on third down. His best season came in 1977 when he led the NFL with 12 touchdown receptions and was named All-Pro.

  • Zach Thomas — Linebacker
    Born: 9/1/1973
    Played for Team: 1996 to 2007
    No one predicted that Zach Thomas would become a star when the Dolphins drafted him. He was smaller and slower than other middle linebackers, but he worked twice as hard to become one of the best in the NFL. Thomas ranged from sideline to sideline to make tackles. He was an All-Pro five times.

  • Chris Chambers — Receiver
    Born: 8/12/1978
    Played for Team: 2001 to 2007
    Chris Chambers was a physical receiver who overpowered smaller defenders. He had the speed to catch long passes and the strength to hold on to balls over the middle. As a rookie, he averaged more than 18 yards per catch. In 2005, Chambers played in the Pro Bowl.

More Fun Facts

I remembered Marlin Briscoe playing quarterback against the New York Jets. Then a few years later he was catching passes in the Super Bowl. I couldn’t believe it was the same guy. (Author’s Collection)

  • CATCHING ON
    Chris Chambers was known for his amazing receptions with the Dolphins, but none was better than the catch he made in a famous Reebok commercial. With his back to the passer, Chambers snagged one ball with his left hand, one with his right, and a third between the two balls he’d just caught. Fans later learned that Chambers got a little help from computer graphics—but the video is still one of the most popular on the Internet. More than a million people have watched it.

  • DON’S MAGIC MOMENT
    For 14 seasons, Don Strock served as Miami’s backup quarterback. In the 1981 playoffs against the San Diego Chargers, Strock delivered one of the NFL’s greatest “relief” performances for the Dolphins. He came in for David Woodley and passed for 403 yards in a thrilling overtime battle that Miami lost 41–38. Dan Fouts threw for 433 yards in the game for San Diego, making it the first time ever that two quarterbacks topped 400 yards in the same game.

  • POSITION CHANGE
    The leading receiver on the 1973 Dolphins’ Super Bowl team was Marlin Briscoe, with 30 catches. Five years earlier, Briscoe had made headlines when he became the AFL’s first African-American quarterback.

League Leaders

I have a lot of Dan Marino cards, but this is one of my favorites. (McDonald’s Corp./Topps, Inc.)

This Bob Griese poster came folded up in a pack of 1971 football cards. (Topps, Inc.)

  • RUSHING YARDS
    2002 — Ricky Williams — 1,853

  • RECEIVING YARDS
    No Dolphin has led the league in receiving yards.

  • PASSING YARDS
    1984 — Dan Marino — 5,084
    1985 — Dan Marino — 4,137
    1986 — Dan Marino — 4,746
    1988 — Dan Marino — 4,434
    1992 — Dan Marino — 4,116

  • RUSHING TDs
    1969 — Jim Kiick — 9 (AFL)
    1972 — Mercury Morris — 12
    1997 — Karim Abdul-Jabbar — 15 (tied for NFL lead)

  • RECEIVING TDs
    1968 — Karl Noonan — 11 (tied for AFL lead)
    1971 — Paul Warfield — 11
    1977 — Nat Moore — 12
    1984 — Mark Clayton — 18
    1988 — Mark Clayton — 14

  • PASSING TDs
    1977 — Bob Griese — 22
    1984 — Dan Marino — 48
    1985 — Dan Marino — 30
    1986 — Dan Marino — 44

  • POINTS
    1971 — Garo Yepremian — 117
    1992 — Pete Stoyanovich — 124

  • INTERCEPTIONS
    1967 — Dick Westmoreland — 10 (tied for AFL lead)
    1973 — Dick Anderson — 8 (tied for NFL lead)
    1999 — Sam Madison — 7 (tied for NFL lead)
    2018 — Xavien Howard — 7 (tied with 2 others)

  • SACKS
    2002 — Jason Taylor — 18.5

Playing for the Championship

SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1971 AFC Championship Baltimore Colt Won 21–0
1971 Super Bowl VI Dallas Cowboys Lost 24–3
1972 AFC Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Won 21–17
1972 Super Bowl VII Washington Redskins Won 14–7
1973 AFC Championship Oakland Radiers Won 27–10
1973 Super Bowl VIII Minnesota Vikings Won 24–7
1982 AFC Championship New York Jets Won 14–0
1982 Super Bowl XVII Washington Redskins Lost 27–17
1984 AFC Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Won 45–28
1984 Super Bowl XIX San Francisco 49ers Lost 38–16
1985 AFC Championship New England Patriots Lost 31–14
1992 AFC Championship Buffalo Bills Lost 29–10

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