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1971 Miami Dolphins

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10-3-1, AFC East Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.7, Offense: 2.4, Defense: 5.3, SoS: -2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 315 points (22.5/g), 4th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 174 points (12.4/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 141 points (10.1/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 11.2-2.8.

Coach: Don Shula (10-3-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Howard Schnellenberger
 Defensive Coordinator: Bill Arnsparger

Stadium: Orange Bowl
 Training Camp: St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, Florida)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Joe Robbie
Head Coach/de facto General Manager Don Shula
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 315 4412 804 5.5 23 13 17 232 156 293 1983 20 10 6.2 94 486 2429 11 5.0 121
Team Defense 174 3661 800 4.6 31 14 10 214 206 363 2000 10 17 5.0 111 403 1661 10 4.1 93
Lg Rank Offense 4 5 1 7 12 23 19 4 1 8 9 1 15 1
Lg Rank Defense 3 5 21 15 9 18 6 3 18 7 4 8 8 15

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore T 0-0-1 @ Denver Broncos 10 10 15 239 121 118 5 13 261 157 104 1
2 Sun September 26 boxscore W 1-0-1 @ Buffalo Bills 29 14 20 376 150 226 14 267 136 131 3
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 1-1-1 New York Jets 10 14 14 297 134 163 3 13 221 87 134 1
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 2-1-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 23 13 16 312 181 131 1 19 330 116 214 1
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 3-1-1 New England Patriots 41 3 19 431 216 215 11 117 82 35 3
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 4-1-1 @ New York Jets 30 14 19 361 59 302 16 233 101 132 1
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 5-1-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 20 14 13 312 185 127 22 359 245 114 2
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 6-1-1 Buffalo Bills 34 0 23 391 89 302 19 364 158 206 5
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 7-1-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 24 21 11 309 189 120 4 17 288 219 69 4
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 8-1-1 Baltimore Colts 17 14 16 249 81 168 1 14 268 168 100 3
11 Mon November 29 boxscore W 9-1-1 Chicago Bears 34 3 23 446 238 208 1 9 197 101 96 4
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 9-2-1 @ New England Patriots 13 34 12 197 99 98 5 14 308 223 85
13 Sat December 11 boxscore L 9-3-1 @ Baltimore Colts 3 14 14 247 151 96 2 19 225 121 104
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 10-3-1 Green Bay Packers 27 6 17 245 90 155 1 14 223 86 137 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 25 boxscore W OT 11-3-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 27 24 22 407 263 144 2 23 451 238 213 4
ConfChamp Sun January 2 boxscore W 12-3-1 Baltimore Colts 21 0 13 286 142 144 1 16 298 209 89 3
SuperBowl Sun January 16 boxscore L 12-4-1 N Dallas Cowboys 3 24 10 185 105 80 3 23 352 100 252 1

Passing

No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Bob Griese*+ 26 QB 14 13 9-3-1 145 263 55.1 2089 19 7.2 9 3.4 86 7.9 7.8 14.4 149.2 90.9 23 248 6.44 6.35 8.0 3 3
10 George Mira 29 qb 6 1 1-0-0 11 30 36.7 159 1 3.3 1 3.3 43 5.3 4.5 14.5 26.5 51.9 2 17 4.44 3.66 6.3
Team Total 25.6 14 10-3-1 156 293 53.2 2248 20 6.8 10 3.4 86 7.7 7.5 14.4 160.6 87.0 25 265 6.24 6.08 7.9 3 3
Opp Total 14 206 363 56.7 2293 10 2.8 17 4.7 6.3 4.76 11.1 163.8 65.4 34 293 5.0 3.6 8.6

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
39 Larry Csonka*+ 25 FB 14 14 195 1051 7 28 5.4 75.1 13.9 13 113 8.7 1 25 0.9 8.1 1164 8 0
21 Jim Kiick 25 RB 13 11 162 738 3 34 4.6 56.8 12.5 40 338 8.5 0 27 3.1 26.0 1076 3 1
22 Mercury Morris* 24 KR 14 3 57 315 1 51 5.5 22.5 4.1 5 16 3.2 0 11 0.4 1.1 331 1 1
12 Bob Griese*+ 26 QB 14 13 26 82 0 21 3.2 5.9 1.9 82 0 9
32 Hubert Ginn 24 14 0 22 97 0 46 4.4 6.9 1.6 97 0 2
42 Paul Warfield*+ 29 WR 14 14 9 115 0 39 12.8 8.2 0.6 43 996 23.2 11 86 3.1 71.1 1111 11 3
10 George Mira 29 qb 6 1 6 -9 0 3 -1.5 -1.5 1.0 -9 0 1
15 Charlie Leigh 26 14 0 5 15 0 7 3.0 1.1 0.4 15 0 0
31 Terry Cole 26 4 0 3 11 0 4 3.7 2.8 0.8 11 0 0
20 Larry Seiple 26 P 14 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 1.0 0.1 1 32 32.0 0 32 0.1 2.3 46 0 0
81 Howard Twilley 28 WR 14 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 349 15.2 4 41 1.6 24.9 349 4 0
80 Marv Fleming 29 TE 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 137 10.5 2 23 0.9 9.8 137 2 0
89 Karl Noonan 27 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 180 18.0 0 43 0.7 12.9 180 0 0
82 Otto Stowe 22 12 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 68 13.6 1 21 0.4 5.7 68 1 0
88 Jim Mandich 23 11 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 19 6.3 1 10 0.3 1.7 19 1 0
Team Total 25.6 14 486 2429 11 51 5.0 173.5 34.7 156 2248 14.4 20 86 11.1 160.6 4677 31 22
Opp Total 14 403 1661 10 4.1 118.6 28.8 206 2000 9.7 10 14.7 142.9 3661 20 38

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
13 Jake Scott* 26 FS/PR 14 14 33 318 0 31 9.6 318
22 Mercury Morris* 24 KR 14 3 15 423 1 94 28.2 754
32 Hubert Ginn 24 14 0 10 252 0 35 25.2 349
40 Dick Anderson 25 SS 14 14 8 114 0 47 14.3 114
15 Charlie Leigh 26 14 0 4 99 0 31 24.8 114
53 Bob Matheson 27 lb 14 1 3 32 0 16 10.7 32
Team Total 25.6 14 41 432 0 47 10.5 32 806 1 94 25.2 5915
Opp Total 14 26 106 0 4.1 59 1180 0 20.0

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
1 Garo Yepremian+ 27 K 14 0 7 7 8 8 11 6 12 7 2 40 28 70.0% 33 33 100.0%
20 Larry Seiple 26 P 14 0 52 2087 73 1 40.1
Team Total 25.6 14 7 7 8 8 11 6 12 7 2 40 28 70.0% 33 33 100.0% 52 2087 73 1 40.1
Opp Total 14 21 9 42.9% 21 21 100.0% 72 2930 40.7

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
12 Bob Griese*+ 26 QB 14 13 0 9 6 -37 0
13 Jake Scott* 26 FS/PR 14 14 7 34 0 21 0 0 3 2 0 0
40 Dick Anderson 25 SS 14 14 2 33 0 33 0 0 1 4 16 0
25 Tim Foley 23 LCB 14 14 4 14 0 18 0
45 Curtis Johnson 23 RCB 14 10 2 34 0 34 0 0 0 1 2 0
84 Bill Stanfill* 24 RDE 13 12 0 0 3 5 0
42 Paul Warfield*+ 29 WR 14 14 0 3 0 0 0
85 Nick Buoniconti 31 MLB 14 14 1 16 0 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
32 Hubert Ginn 24 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
70 Jim Riley 26 LDE 13 13 0 0 2 8 0
75 Manny Fernandez 25 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
21 Jim Kiick 25 RB 13 11 0 1 0 0 0
62 Jim Langer 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
15 Charlie Leigh 26 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Larry Little*+ 26 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
53 Bob Matheson 27 lb 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
10 George Mira 29 qb 6 1 0 1 0 0 0
22 Mercury Morris* 24 KR 14 3 0 1 0 0 0
59 Doug Swift 23 LLB 14 14 1 12 0 12 0
Team Total 25.6 14 17 143 0 34 0 0 22 23 -6 0
Opp Total 14 25 38 24

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Garo Yepremian+ 27 K 14 0 33 28 117
42 Paul Warfield*+ 29 WR 14 14 11 11 66
39 Larry Csonka*+ 25 FB 14 14 7 1 8 48
81 Howard Twilley 28 WR 14 12 4 4 24
21 Jim Kiick 25 RB 13 11 3 3 18
80 Marv Fleming 29 TE 14 13 2 2 12
22 Mercury Morris* 24 KR 14 3 1 1 2 12
45 Curtis Johnson 23 RCB 14 10 1 1 6
88 Jim Mandich 23 11 1 1 1 6
82 Otto Stowe 22 12 2 1 1 6
Team Total 25.6 14 11 20 1 1 33 33 28 315
Opp Total 14 10 10 1 21 9 174