The Miami Dolphins are the oldest continuously operating professional sports team in the state of Florida. Beginning play professionally in 1966, the team was originally part of the AFC, joining the NFL in the merger like so many others. They have made 22 playoff appearances, winning thirteen Division Championships, five Conference Championships, and two Super Bowls and were the first team ever to finish with a perfect season, winning every single game they played in the 1972 season. They were also the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls.
The Miami Dolphins have had the pleasure of counting in their numbers some of the most successful and influential people in the game of football. Don Shula, the Dolphin’s head coach from 1970 to 1995 is considered the most successful coach in football in terms of wins. Dan Marino was the team’s quarterback for 16 years before retiring. He is one of the most productive passers in the history of the league, breaking passing records and leading the team to numerous playoff games as well as the Super Bowl.
<p>In his third year as the head man of the Miami Dolphins, head coach Tony Sparano is looking to take his team to past the 7-9 record last season but will have to close what was perceived as the most porous secondary in football. That being said, the Dolphins have turned to former Denver defensive coordinator Mike Nolan who has begun implementing a hybrid version of the 3-4 defense that is surely to include phases of his 2-4-5 defensive scheme that should keep offense’s on guard.</p>
<p>In the draft, the franchise selected Penn State DE Jared Odrick with the 28th overall selection, Koa Misi, a Utah OLB with the 40th overall selection and Ole Miss G John Jerry with the 73rd overall selection.</p>
<p>Fourth string QB Chad Pennington has recovered from his shoulder surgery and claims he is at pre-draft levels in almost every category. "I feel really good, just trying to get back athletically to where I was as a rookie," said Pennington, 34. "I think that’s where you can really make some strides. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you can’t hit those numbers again."</p>
<p>In a trade that brought WR Brandon Marshall to the Dolphins from Denver, Marshall has been his own worst critic recently as the team moves through scrimmages. Marshall dropped a couple of catchable passes. "No excuses," Marshall said. "I was brought in here to make those plays. … I didn’t prepare myself coming out today, mentally or physically, and I am disappointed. Disappointed in my play and disappointed in the way I let my teammates down."</p>
<p>Be sure to get your tickets to the next Dolphins game and cheer your team on to victory!</p>