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1976 Miami Dolphins

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6-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.1, Offense: -1.8, Defense: 1.7, SoS: -0.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 263 points (18.8/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 264 points (18.9/g), 15th.
 Differential of -1 points (-0.1/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.0-7.0.

Coach: Don Shula (6-8-0)
 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
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 263 4386 874 5.0 23 8 20 267 193 346 2268 15 15 5.9 125 491 2118 15 4.3 122
Team Defense 264 5081 892 5.7 29 18 12 268 195 347 2670 20 11 7.3 131 525 2411 14 4.6 125
Lg Rank Offense 15 13 1 1 8 22 10 15 8 8 19 13 11 6
Lg Rank Defense 15 26 19 13 23 9 28 24 22 28 16 22 13 25

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 13 boxscore W 1-0 @ Buffalo Bills 30 21 25 401 197 204 3 16 383 275 108
2 Sun September 19 boxscore L 1-1 @ New England Patriots 14 30 17 254 146 108 4 23 430 152 278 2
3 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-1 New York Jets 16 0 23 334 123 211 1 10 224 159 65 5
4 Sun October 3 boxscore L 2-2 Los Angeles Rams 28 31 21 319 100 219 2 23 593 426 167 1
5 Sun October 10 boxscore L 2-3 @ Baltimore Colts 14 28 14 268 180 88 2 22 332 163 169 1
6 Sun October 17 boxscore L OT 2-4 Kansas City Chiefs 17 20 27 441 262 179 5 21 453 267 186 2
7 Sun October 24 boxscore W 3-4 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 20 19 290 90 200 1 20 334 191 143 1
8 Sun October 31 boxscore W 4-4 New England Patriots 10 3 18 257 100 157 11 226 96 130 1
9 Sun November 7 boxscore W 5-4 @ New York Jets 27 7 18 323 181 142 16 270 154 116 4
10 Sun November 14 boxscore L 5-5 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 3 14 14 224 108 116 19 354 96 258
11 Mon November 22 boxscore L 5-6 Baltimore Colts 16 17 16 338 251 87 2 20 340 177 163 2
12 Sun November 28 boxscore L 5-7 @ Cleveland Browns 13 17 23 324 190 134 18 311 178 133 5
13 Sun December 5 boxscore W 6-7 Buffalo Bills 45 27 19 425 207 218 1 23 424 155 269 2
14 Sat December 11 boxscore L 6-8 Minnesota Vikings 7 29 13 188 133 55 2 26 407 181 226 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Bob Griese 31 QB 13 13 5-8-0 162 272 59.6% 2097 11 4.0 12 4.4 47 7.7 6.5 12.9 161.3 78.9 30 266 6.06 5.00 9.9 0 1
10 Don Strock 26 qb 4 1 1-0-0 21 47 44.7% 359 3 6.4 2 4.3 53 7.6 7.0 17.1 89.8 74.7 4 41 6.24 5.65 7.8
15 Earl Morrall 42 14 0 10 26 38.5% 148 1 3.8 1 3.8 67 5.7 4.7 14.8 10.6 54.6 3 29 4.10 3.24 10.3
86 Freddie Solomon 23 PR/WR 10 8 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.9 14 6-8-0 193 346 55.8% 2604 15 4.3 15 4.3 67 7.5 6.4 13.5 186.0 76.3 37 336 5.92 4.94 9.7 0 1
Opp Total 14 195 347 56.2% 2863 20 5.8 11 3.2 8.3 7.98 14.7 204.5 89.3 20 193 7.3 7.0 5.4

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
32 Benny Malone 24 RB 14 12 186 797 4 31 4.3 56.9 13.3 9 103 11.4 0 36 0.6 7.4 900 4 3
31 Norm Bulaich 30 fb 11 7 122 540 4 35 4.4 49.1 11.1 28 151 5.4 0 25 2.5 13.7 691 4 1
36 Don Nottingham 27 FB 14 8 63 185 3 13 2.9 13.2 4.5 4 33 8.3 0 29 0.3 2.4 218 3 1
33 Stan Winfrey 23 14 0 52 205 1 13 3.9 14.6 3.7 6 55 9.2 1 16 0.4 3.9 260 2 1
27 Gary Davis 22 KR 14 1 31 160 1 57 5.2 11.4 2.2 2 8 4.0 0 6 0.1 0.6 168 1 1
12 Bob Griese 31 QB 13 13 23 108 0 26 4.7 8.3 1.8 108 0 3
89 Nat Moore 25 WR 9 9 4 36 0 21 9.0 4.0 0.4 33 625 18.9 4 67 3.7 69.4 661 4 1
86 Freddie Solomon 23 PR/WR 10 8 4 60 1 59 15.0 6.0 0.4 27 453 16.8 2 53 2.7 45.3 513 3 0
20 Larry Seiple 31 P 14 0 3 14 0 7 4.7 1.0 0.2 10 138 13.8 1 25 0.7 9.9 152 1 0
10 Don Strock 26 qb 4 1 2 13 1 11 6.5 3.3 0.5 13 1 1
35 Clayton Heath 25 6 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0 0 0
26 Duriel Harris 22 wr 12 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 372 16.9 1 44 1.8 31.0 372 1 1
88 Jim Mandich 28 14 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 260 11.8 4 31 1.6 18.6 260 4 0
81 Howard Twilley 33 wr 8 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 214 15.3 1 39 1.8 26.8 214 1 0
87 Andre Tillman 24 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 130 10.0 1 16 0.9 9.3 130 1 0
80 Loaird McCreary 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 51 25.5 0 30 0.1 3.6 51 0 0
43 Mike Holmes 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.3 3.7 11 0 1
Team Total 26.9 14 491 2118 15 59 4.3 151.3 35.1 193 2604 13.5 15 67 13.8 186.0 4722 30 14
Opp Total 14 525 2411 14 4.6 172.2 37.5 195 2670 13.7 20 13.9 190.7 5081 34 31

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
27 Gary Davis 22 KR 14 1 26 617 0 47 23.7 785
26 Duriel Harris 22 wr 12 2 9 79 0 16 8.8 17 559 0 69 32.9 1010
86 Freddie Solomon 23 PR/WR 10 8 13 205 1 79 15.8 1 12 0 12 12.0 730
89 Nat Moore 25 WR 9 9 8 72 0 23 9.0 2 28 0 28 14.0 761
36 Don Nottingham 27 FB 14 8 6 107 0 21 17.8 325
49 Charlie Babb 26 SS 14 14 3 38 0 25 12.7 38
40 Dick Anderson 30 9 0 2 21 0 11 10.5 21
33 Stan Winfrey 23 14 0 2 24 0 13 12.0 284
87 Andre Tillman 24 TE 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 130
Team Total 26.9 14 35 415 1 79 11.9 55 1347 0 69 24.5 6484
Opp Total 14 34 272 0 8.0 57 1246 0 21.9

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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
20 Larry Seiple 31 P 14 0 62 2366 56 0 38.2
1 Garo Yepremian 32 K 14 0 10 9 4 2 8 4 1 1 23 16 69.6%% 31 29 93.5%%
Team Total 26.9 14 10 9 4 2 8 4 1 1 23 16 69.6%% 31 29 93.5%% 62 2366 56 0 38.2
Opp Total 14 21 10 47.6%% 34 30 88.2%% 63 2596 41.2

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
41 Jeris White 24 LCB 14 14 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 0
12 Bob Griese 31 QB 13 13 0 3 2 -5 0
49 Charlie Babb 26 SS 14 14 2 20 0 20 0 0 0 2 0 0
70 John Andrews 25 RDE 14 6 0 0 3 0 0
48 Ken Ellis 29 12 5 2 40 0 40 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 Benny Malone 24 RB 14 12 0 3 0 0 0
53 Bob Matheson 32 RLB 13 11 2 34 0 34 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Gary Davis 22 KR 14 1 0 1 1 0 0
83 Vern Den Herder 28 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
30 Bryant Salter 26 fs 12 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Dick Anderson 30 9 0 1 32 0 32 0
31 Norm Bulaich 30 fb 11 7 0 1 0 0 0
78 Tom Drougas 27 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
50 Larry Gordon 22 LLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
26 Duriel Harris 22 wr 12 2 0 1 0 0 0
44 Barry Hill 23 FS 6 6 0 0 1 0 0
43 Mike Holmes 26 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
45 Curtis Johnson 28 RCB 13 9 1 14 0 14 0
66 Larry Little 31 RG/rt 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
68 Melvin Mitchell 23 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Nat Moore 25 WR 9 9 0 1 0 0 0
64 Ed Newman 25 lg/rg 14 8 0 0 1 0 0
36 Don Nottingham 27 FB 14 8 0 1 0 0 0
84 Bill Stanfill 29 de 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
10 Don Strock 26 qb 4 1 0 1 0 0 0
56 Steve Towle 23 MLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
33 Stan Winfrey 23 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.9 14 11 144 0 40 0 0 14 25 -5 0
Opp Total 14 37 31 13

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Garo Yepremian 32 K 14 0 29 16 77
31 Norm Bulaich 30 fb 11 7 4 4 24
32 Benny Malone 24 RB 14 12 4 4 24
88 Jim Mandich 28 14 3 4 4 24
89 Nat Moore 25 WR 9 9 4 4 24
86 Freddie Solomon 23 PR/WR 10 8 1 2 1 4 24
36 Don Nottingham 27 FB 14 8 3 3 18
33 Stan Winfrey 23 14 0 1 1 2 12
27 Gary Davis 22 KR 14 1 1 1 6
26 Duriel Harris 22 wr 12 2 1 1 6
20 Larry Seiple 31 P 14 0 1 1 6
10 Don Strock 26 qb 4 1 1 1 6
87 Andre Tillman 24 TE 14 14 1 1 6
81 Howard Twilley 33 wr 8 6 1 1 6
Team Total 26.9 14 15 15 1 31 29 16 263
Opp Total 14 14 20 30 10 264

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-13 @ BUF W, 30-21 1 5 rush Benny Malone 5 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
2 1976-09-13 @ BUF W, 30-21 2 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
3 1976-09-13 @ BUF W, 30-21 3 30 pass Nat Moore 30 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
4 1976-09-19 @ NWE L, 14-30 2 5 pass Andre Tillman 5 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
5 1976-09-19 @ NWE L, 14-30 4 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
6 1976-09-26 NYJ W, 16-0 3 3 pass Jim Mandich 3 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
7 1976-10-03 RAM L, 28-31 1 2 rush Benny Malone 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
8 1976-10-03 RAM L, 28-31 2 28 rush Norm Bulaich 28 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1976-10-03 RAM L, 28-31 3 1 rush Stan Winfrey 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
10 1976-10-03 RAM L, 28-31 4 47 pass Nat Moore 47 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
11 1976-10-10 @ BAL L, 14-28 2 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
12 1976-10-10 @ BAL L, 14-28 3 67 pass Nat Moore 67 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
13 1976-10-17 KAN L, 17-20 3 2 rush Norm Bulaich 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1976-10-17 KAN L, 17-20 4 4 pass Howard Twilley 4 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
15 1976-10-24 @ TAM W, 23-20 2 6 rush Benny Malone 6 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
16 1976-10-24 @ TAM W, 23-20 2 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1976-10-31 NWE W, 10-3 2 16 pass Jim Mandich 16 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1976-11-07 @ NYJ W, 27-7 1 18 pass Jim Mandich 18 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1976-11-07 @ NYJ W, 27-7 2 16 pass Nat Moore 16 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
20 1976-11-07 @ NYJ W, 27-7 4 28 rush Gary Davis 28 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
21 1976-11-22 BAL L, 16-17 2 20 pass Jim Mandich 20 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
22 1976-11-22 BAL L, 16-17 4 3 rush Benny Malone 3 yard rush
23 1976-11-28 @ CLE L, 13-17 2 4 pass Larry Seiple 4 yard pass from Bob Griese
24 1976-11-28 @ CLE L, 13-17 4 9 pass Freddie Solomon 9 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
25 1976-12-05 BUF W, 45-27 2 37 pass Duriel Harris 37 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
26 1976-12-05 BUF W, 45-27 2 79 punt Freddie Solomon 79 yard punt return (Garo Yepremian kick)
27 1976-12-05 BUF W, 45-27 3 53 pass Freddie Solomon 53 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
28 1976-12-05 BUF W, 45-27 3 2 rush Don Strock 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
29 1976-12-05 BUF W, 45-27 4 59 rush Freddie Solomon 59 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
30 1976-12-05 BUF W, 45-27 4 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
31 1976-12-11 MIN L, 7-29 4 2 pass Stan Winfrey 2 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-13 @ BUF L, 21-30 2 53 pass John Holland 53 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
2 1976-09-13 @ BUF L, 21-30 2 58 pass John Holland 58 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
3 1976-09-13 @ BUF L, 21-30 4 12 pass Bob Chandler 12 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
4 1976-09-19 @ NWE W, 30-14 2 15 pass Andy Johnson 15 yard pass from Steve Grogan
5 1976-09-19 @ NWE W, 30-14 2 13 rush Steve Grogan 13 yard rush (John Smith kick)
6 1976-09-19 @ NWE W, 30-14 3 29 pass Andy Johnson 29 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
7 1976-09-19 @ NWE W, 30-14 4 4 pass Russ Francis 4 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
8 1976-10-03 RAM W, 31-28 3 58 pass Ron Jessie 58 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
9 1976-10-03 RAM W, 31-28 3 43 pass Ron Jessie 43 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
10 1976-10-03 RAM W, 31-28 4 1 rush James Harris 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
11 1976-10-03 RAM W, 31-28 4 9 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 9 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
12 1976-10-10 @ BAL W, 28-14 2 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
13 1976-10-10 @ BAL W, 28-14 2 10 pass Glenn Doughty 10 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
14 1976-10-10 @ BAL W, 28-14 2 7 rush Bert Jones 7 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
15 1976-10-10 @ BAL W, 28-14 3 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
16 1976-10-17 KAN W, 20-17 1 1 rush Tommy Reamon 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
17 1976-10-17 KAN W, 20-17 4 59 rush Henry Marshall 59 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
18 1976-10-24 @ TAM L, 20-23 1 18 pass Morris Owens 18 yard pass from Parnell Dickinson (Dave Green kick)
19 1976-10-24 @ TAM L, 20-23 3 20 pass Morris Owens 20 yard pass from Steve Spurrier
20 1976-10-24 @ TAM L, 20-23 4 7 pass Morris Owens 7 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Dave Green kick)
21 1976-11-07 @ NYJ L, 7-27 4 1 rush Clark Gaines 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
22 1976-11-14 @ PIT W, 14-3 2 21 rush Franco Harris 21 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1976-11-14 @ PIT W, 14-3 4 1 rush Reggie Harrison 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
24 1976-11-22 BAL W, 17-16 1 6 rush Lydell Mitchell 6 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
25 1976-11-22 BAL W, 17-16 2 25 pass Raymond Chester 25 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
26 1976-11-28 @ CLE W, 17-13 2 12 pass Paul Warfield 12 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1976-11-28 @ CLE W, 17-13 3 18 pass Reggie Rucker 18 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
28 1976-12-05 BUF L, 27-45 1 75 rush O.J. Simpson 75 yard rush (George Jakowenko kick)
29 1976-12-05 BUF L, 27-45 3 11 pass Reuben Gant 11 yard pass from Gary Marangi (George Jakowenko kick)
30 1976-12-05 BUF L, 27-45 4 15 pass Bob Chandler 15 yard pass from Gary Marangi (George Jakowenko kick)
31 1976-12-11 MIN W, 29-7 2 9 pass Sammy White 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
32 1976-12-11 MIN W, 29-7 2 36 pass Sammy White 36 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
33 1976-12-11 MIN W, 29-7 3 1 rush Brent McClanahan 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
34 1976-12-11 MIN W, 29-7 3 7 pass Sammy White 7 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)