The Miami Dolphins have had some great seasons in NFL History. Many of those season were led by Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula. Over the years the team has set some incredible records and consisted of some great Hall of Fame players. One of the most respected franchises over history, here is a look at the best teams in Miami Dolphins History. You probably won’t find this year’s team on the list, since they are expected to finish last in the division.
Perhaps the best season by any team in NFL history, the Dolphins went on a magical ride in 1972. This season serves as the only undefeated season by a team that went on to win the Super Bowl. Led by head coach Don Shula and some great players like Bob Griese and Larry Csonka the Dolphins ended an amazing regular season at 14-0. They went on to win three straight playoff games including a shutout of the Redskins in the Super Bowl, winning 17-0. This team was led by their famous “No Name Defense” which often got over looked by the amazing offense the Dolphins had that season.
Coming off an undefeated season probably brought a lot of pressure but the 73′ Dolphins didn’t seemed to be affected by it. The Team finished 1972 at 12-2 and champions of the AFC East. They completed their season by winning Super Bowl VII over the Vikings, 24-7. The Dolphins were back to back Super Bowl champs, a feat that has only been accomplished six other times in history. The ‘No Name’ Defense from last year continued to dominate. In 2007 ESPN ranked this defense as the eight-greatest defense in history.
Coming off back to back Super Bowl victories, expectations had to be high for the 1974 Dolphins. The team continued to excel, just not quite as well as the two previous season. The Dolphins finished the 74′ season at 11-3, still great by most standards. They did not make it to the Super Bowl this year, losing to the Raiders in the famous, famous “Sea of Hands” game during the divisional round.
The 1982 Dolphins would have a return to the Super Bowl. It was the franchise’s first Super Bowl Appearance since their victory in 1973. They benefited from a shortened season due to a 57-day players strike. The strength of this team was again the defense. This team got the nickname “Killer Bees”, because 6 of their starters on defense had a last name that started with a ‘b’. Don McNeal, Gerald Small and Glenn Blackwood, were some of the standouts on this defensive unit.
Two years after losing Super Bowl XVII to the Redskins, the Dolphins would make it back to the leagues biggest game. This team was led by second year quarterback Dan Marino, one of the best picks in team history. Marino was made the focus of the team the offense. In 1984 he set league records with 5,084 passing yards and 48 touchdowns. Unfortunately, this season would end in another loss, this time to the 49ers in Super Bowl XIX, by a score of 38-16.