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1977 Miami Dolphins

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10-4-0, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.8, Offense: 4.4, Defense: 3.5, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 313 points (22.4/g), 3rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 197 points (14.1/g), 5th.
 Differential of 116 points (8.3/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 10.5-3.5.

Coach: Don Shula (10-4-0)
 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 3-4

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 313 4327 866 5.0 27 13 17 267 182 311 1961 22 14 5.7 107 519 2366 18 4.6 143
Team Defense 197 3982 901 4.4 33 18 9 227 226 414 2233 10 15 5.1 117 467 1749 12 3.7 101
Lg Rank Offense 3 10 5 7 6 23 16 2 5 9 12 5 6 2
Lg Rank Defense 5 16 15 7 13 27 24 3 23 14 6 6 15 14

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore W 1-0 @ Buffalo Bills 13 0 10 148 52 96 16 324 197 127 4
2 Sun September 25 boxscore W 2-0 @ San Francisco 49ers 19 15 22 361 153 208 13 280 118 162 1
3 Sun October 2 boxscore W 3-0 Houston Oilers 27 7 29 397 180 217 3 13 205 137 68 3
4 Sun October 9 boxscore L 3-1 @ Baltimore Colts 28 45 16 395 213 182 4 19 397 190 207 1
5 Sun October 16 boxscore W 4-1 New York Jets 21 17 23 340 128 212 2 14 314 191 123 2
6 Sun October 23 boxscore W 5-1 Seattle Seahawks 31 13 19 222 86 136 1 14 222 143 79 3
7 Sun October 30 boxscore L 5-2 San Diego Chargers 13 14 15 241 63 178 5 14 212 122 90 3
8 Sun November 6 boxscore W 6-2 @ New York Jets 14 10 15 214 105 109 1 18 247 117 130 1
9 Sun November 13 boxscore W 7-2 New England Patriots 17 5 14 173 102 71 1 17 274 140 134 1
10 Sun November 20 boxscore L 7-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 17 23 17 285 93 192 5 19 269 96 173 2
11 Thu November 24 boxscore W 8-3 @ St. Louis Cardinals 55 14 34 503 208 295 1 13 210 156 54 3
12 Mon December 5 boxscore W 9-3 Baltimore Colts 17 6 17 352 145 207 2 17 311 189 122 2
13 Sun December 11 boxscore L 9-4 @ New England Patriots 10 14 18 248 223 25 1 16 283 106 177 3
14 Sat December 17 boxscore W 10-4 Buffalo Bills 31 14 18 448 210 238 1 24 434 331 103 4

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*+ 32 QB 14 14 10-4-0 180 307 58.6 2252 22 7.2 13 4.2 73 7.3 6.9 12.5 160.9 87.8 36 303 5.68 5.26 10.5
10 Don Strock 27 4 0 2 4 50.0 12 0 0.0 1 25.0 9 3.0 -8.3 6.0 3.0 16.7 0 0 3.00 -8.25 0.0
Team Total 26.5 14 10-4-0 182 311 58.5 2264 22 7.1 14 4.5 73 7.3 6.7 12.4 161.7 86.0 36 303 5.65 5.10 10.4 0 0
Opp Total 14 226 414 54.6 2393 10 2.4 15 3.6 5.8 4.63 10.6 170.9 64.6 20 160 5.1 4.1 4.6

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
32 Benny Malone 25 RB 14 8 129 615 5 66 4.8 43.9 9.2 4 58 14.5 0 35 0.3 4.1 673 5 4
27 Gary Davis 23 KR/rb 14 6 126 533 2 60 4.2 38.1 9.0 14 151 10.8 1 32 1.0 10.8 684 3 1
31 Norm Bulaich 31 FB 14 7 91 416 4 29 4.6 29.7 6.5 25 180 7.2 0 14 1.8 12.9 596 4 3
38 Leroy Harris 23 fb 11 5 91 417 4 77 4.6 37.9 8.3 7 29 4.1 0 11 0.6 2.6 446 4 3
36 Don Nottingham 28 14 2 44 214 2 13 4.9 15.3 3.1 8 58 7.3 0 16 0.6 4.1 272 2 1
12 Bob Griese*+ 32 QB 14 14 16 30 0 13 1.9 2.1 1.1 30 0 6
89 Nat Moore*+ 26 WR 14 14 14 89 1 24 6.4 6.4 1.0 52 765 14.7 12 73 3.7 54.6 854 13 0
86 Freddie Solomon 24 PR/WR 13 6 6 43 0 14 7.2 3.3 0.5 12 181 15.1 1 54 0.9 13.9 224 1 2
85 Terry Anderson 22 11 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 1.0 0.1 11 0 0
17 Mike Michel 23 P 13 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.2 0.1 -2 0 0
82 Duriel Harris 23 wr 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 34 601 17.7 5 47 2.4 42.9 601 5 0
87 Andre Tillman 25 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 169 9.9 2 37 1.2 12.1 169 2 1
88 Jim Mandich 29 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 63 10.5 0 15 0.4 4.5 63 0 0
80 Loaird McCreary 24 te 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 10 5.0 1 9 0.1 0.7 10 1 0
20 Larry Seiple 32 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 -1 0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 519 2366 18 77 4.6 169.0 37.1 182 2264 12.4 22 73 13.0 161.7 4630 40 22
Opp Total 14 467 1749 12 3.7 124.9 33.4 226 2233 9.9 10 16.1 159.5 3982 22 37

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
86 Freddie Solomon 24 PR/WR 13 6 32 285 0 39 8.9 10 273 1 90 27.3 782
27 Gary Davis 23 KR/rb 14 6 1 11 0 11 11.0 14 414 0 73 29.6 1109
85 Terry Anderson 22 11 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 7 167 0 40 23.9 184
40 Dick Anderson 31 14 4 4 3 0 3 0.8 3
82 Duriel Harris 23 wr 14 4 4 91 0 31 22.8 692
49 Charlie Babb 27 db 6 4 2 10 0 7 5.0 10
36 Don Nottingham 28 14 2 2 36 0 18 18.0 308
80 Loaird McCreary 24 te 14 4 1 30 0 30 30.0 40
Team Total 26.5 14 40 315 0 39 7.9 38 1011 1 90 26.6 5956
Opp Total 14 29 267 0 9.2 59 1281 0 21.7

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 33 K 14 0 4 3 7 5 9 2 2 22 10 45.5% 40 37 92.5%
17 Mike Michel 23 P 13 0 1 0.0% 35 1338 61 0 38.2
20 Larry Seiple 32 13 0 22 801 54 1 36.4
Team Total 26.5 14 4 3 7 5 9 2 2 22 10 45.5% 41 37 90.2% 57 2139 61 1 37.5
Opp Total 14 20 12 60.0% 23 21 91.3% 67 2580 38.5

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*+ 32 QB 14 14 0 6 2 -21 0
41 Norris Thomas 23 LCB 14 10 3 23 0 23 0 0 0 3 7 0
32 Benny Malone 25 RB 14 8 0 4 1 0 0
25 Tim Foley 29 SS 14 14 3 17 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0
38 Leroy Harris 23 fb 11 5 0 3 1 0 0
45 Curtis Johnson 29 RCB 14 14 4 35 0 19 0
73 Bob Baumhower 22 NT 14 14 0 0 3 0 0
31 Norm Bulaich 31 FB 14 7 0 3 0 0 0
50 Larry Gordon 23 ROLB 14 14 1 27 0 27 0 0 0 2 5 0
53 Bob Matheson 33 RILB 14 9 1 7 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 0
49 Charlie Babb 27 db 6 4 1 15 0 15 0 0 0 1 22 0
58 Kim Bokamper 23 LOLB 14 14 0 0 2 2 0
27 Gary Davis 23 KR/rb 14 6 0 1 1 0 0
77 A.J. Duhe 22 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
42 Vern Roberson 25 FS 14 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
86 Freddie Solomon 24 PR/WR 13 6 0 2 0 0 0
56 Steve Towle 24 LILB/rilb 12 12 0 0 2 18 0
51 Rusty Chambers 24 lb 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
66 Larry Little 32 RG 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
89 Nat Moore*+ 26 WR 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
36 Don Nottingham 28 14 2 0 1 0 0 0
87 Andre Tillman 25 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
21 Rick Volk 32 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 15 124 0 27 0 0 22 26 33 0
Opp Total 14 36 37 19 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
89 Nat Moore*+ 26 WR 14 14 1 12 13 78
1 Garo Yepremian 33 K 14 0 37 10 67
82 Duriel Harris 23 wr 14 4 5 5 30
32 Benny Malone 25 RB 14 8 5 5 30
31 Norm Bulaich 31 FB 14 7 4 4 24
38 Leroy Harris 23 fb 11 5 4 4 24
27 Gary Davis 23 KR/rb 14 6 2 1 3 18
36 Don Nottingham 28 14 2 2 2 12
86 Freddie Solomon 24 PR/WR 13 6 1 1 2 12
87 Andre Tillman 25 TE 14 14 2 2 12
80 Loaird McCreary 24 te 14 4 1 1 6
Team Total 26.5 14 18 22 1 41 37 10 313
Opp Total 14 12 10 1 21 12 1 197