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1978 Miami Dolphins

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11-5-0, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.6, Offense: 4.2, Defense: 3.3, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 372 points (23.2/g), 2nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 254 points (15.9/g), 6th.
 Differential of 118 points (7.4/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 11.4-4.6.

Coach: Don Shula (11-5-0)
 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
General Manager Mike Robbie
Head Coach/Player Personnel Don Shula
Defensive Alignment 3-4

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 372 4835 954 5.1 30 12 16 270 226 379 2469 24 18 6.1 135 548 2366 18 4.3 119
Team Defense 254 5169 1021 5.1 53 21 22 298 256 437 2908 15 32 6.1 156 543 2261 15 4.2 120
Lg Rank Offense 2 13 1 3 19 23 15 5 8 7 21 11 8 5
Lg Rank Defense 6 23 1 3 20 16 26 9 1 23 7 16 11 22

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore L 0-1 @ New York Jets 20 33 16 329 175 154 2 23 380 227 153 1
2 Sun September 10 boxscore W 1-1 @ Baltimore Colts 42 0 20 440 148 292 2 18 247 151 96 7
3 Sun September 17 boxscore W 2-1 Buffalo Bills 31 24 18 373 88 285 1 17 349 221 128 1
4 Sun September 24 boxscore L 2-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 3 17 9 143 61 82 3 20 337 115 222 1
5 Sun October 1 boxscore W 3-2 St. Louis Cardinals 24 10 16 267 144 123 1 19 351 211 140 1
6 Mon October 9 boxscore W 4-2 Cincinnati Bengals 21 0 18 335 152 183 3 15 247 153 94 5
7 Sun October 15 boxscore W 5-2 @ San Diego Chargers 28 21 17 261 122 139 1 20 404 287 117 5
8 Sun October 22 boxscore L 5-3 @ New England Patriots 24 33 20 333 189 144 2 24 393 168 225 2
9 Sun October 29 boxscore W 6-3 Baltimore Colts 26 8 14 309 189 120 2 13 231 39 192 6
10 Sun November 5 boxscore W 7-3 Dallas Cowboys 23 16 13 206 152 54 19 328 239 89 5
11 Sun November 12 boxscore W 8-3 @ Buffalo Bills 25 24 20 289 96 193 2 16 284 114 170 2
12 Mon November 20 boxscore L 8-4 @ Houston Oilers 30 35 27 454 327 127 2 23 406 141 265 1
13 Sun November 26 boxscore L 8-5 New York Jets 13 24 18 256 150 106 4 18 307 222 85 1
14 Sun December 3 boxscore W 9-5 @ Washington Redskins 16 0 19 295 142 153 1 16 290 167 123 4
15 Sun December 10 boxscore W 10-5 Oakland Raiders 23 6 13 260 163 97 3 21 319 234 85 7
16 Mon December 18 boxscore W 11-5 New England Patriots 23 3 12 285 171 114 1 16 296 219 77 4
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 24 boxscore L 11-6 Houston Oilers 9 17 14 209 118 91 5 23 455 290 165 1

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* 33 QB 11 9 6-3-0 148 235 63.0% 1791 11 4.7 11 4.7 63 7.6 6.5 12.1 162.8 82.4 18 165 6.43 5.34 7.1 0 1
10 Don Strock 28 qb 16 7 5-2-0 72 135 53.3% 825 12 8.9 6 4.4 57 6.1 5.9 11.5 51.6 83.1 9 73 5.22 5.01 6.3
7 Guy Benjamin 23 3 0 6 8 75.0% 91 1 12.5 1 12.5 43 11.4 8.3 15.2 30.3 112.0 0 0 11.38 8.25 0.0
24 Delvin Williams*+ 27 RB 16 15 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 26.6 16 11-5-0 226 379 59.6% 2707 24 6.3 18 4.7 63 7.1 6.3 12.0 169.2 82.9 27 238 6.08 5.27 6.7 0 1
Opp Total 16 256 437 58.6% 3251 15 3.4 32 7.3 7.4 4.83 12.7 203.2 62.8 41 343 6.1 3.7 8.6

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
24 Delvin Williams*+ 27 RB 16 15 272 1258 8 58 4.6 78.6 17.0 18 192 10.7 0 42 1.1 12.0 1450 8 4
38 Leroy Harris 24 FB 15 11 123 512 2 51 4.2 34.1 8.2 25 211 8.4 0 57 1.7 14.1 723 2 5
27 Gary Davis 24 rb 14 1 62 313 3 65 5.0 22.4 4.4 24 218 9.1 0 34 1.7 15.6 531 3 3
31 Norm Bulaich 32 rb 16 3 40 196 2 63 4.9 12.3 2.5 16 92 5.8 0 22 1.0 5.8 288 2 0
34 Jim Braxton 29 rb 10 2 20 48 2 15 2.4 4.8 2.0 4 47 11.8 0 19 0.4 4.7 95 2 0
10 Don Strock 28 qb 16 7 10 23 0 12 2.3 1.4 0.6 23 0 4
12 Bob Griese* 33 QB 11 9 9 10 0 9 1.1 0.9 0.8 10 0 3
32 Benny Malone 26 6 0 6 18 1 7 3.0 3.0 1.0 18 1 0
89 Nat Moore 27 WR 16 15 4 -3 0 3 -0.8 -0.2 0.3 48 645 13.4 10 47 3.0 40.3 642 10 1
7 Guy Benjamin 23 3 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.7 0.3 -2 0 0
4 George Roberts 23 P 16 0 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.4 0.1 -7 0 0
82 Duriel Harris 24 KR/WR 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 45 654 14.5 3 63 2.8 40.9 654 3 0
87 Andre Tillman 26 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 398 12.8 3 33 1.9 24.9 398 3 0
81 Jimmy Cefalo 22 PR 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 145 24.2 3 43 0.4 9.1 145 3 3
84 Bruce Hardy 22 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 32 8.0 2 15 0.3 2.0 32 2 0
80 Loaird McCreary 25 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 27 9.0 2 12 0.2 1.7 27 2 0
83 Vern Den Herder 30 LDE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 1 7 0.1 0.4 7 1 0
85 Bo Rather 28 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 39 39.0 0 39 0.3 13.0 39 0 0
Team Total 26.6 16 548 2366 18 65 4.3 147.9 34.3 226 2707 12.0 24 63 14.1 169.2 5073 42 24
Opp Total 16 543 2261 15 4.2 141.3 33.9 256 2908 11.4 15 16.0 181.8 5169 30 37

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
81 Jimmy Cefalo 22 PR 16 1 28 232 0 26 8.3 2 40 0 21 20.0 417
82 Duriel Harris 24 KR/WR 16 15 29 657 0 53 22.7 1311
27 Gary Davis 24 rb 14 1 2 36 0 25 18.0 13 251 0 27 19.3 818
49 Charlie Babb 28 db 16 3 9 57 0 14 6.3 57
85 Terry Anderson 23 4 0 7 157 0 31 22.4 157
84 Bruce Hardy 22 16 0 2 27 0 15 13.5 59
44 Charles Cornelius 26 16 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
89 Nat Moore 27 WR 16 15 1 11 0 11 11.0 653
Team Total 26.6 16 41 341 0 26 8.3 53 1132 0 53 21.4 6546
Opp Total 16 42 303 0 7.2 70 1469 0 21.0

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
4 George Roberts 23 P 16 0 81 3263 59 0 40.3
1 Garo Yepremian* 34 K 16 0 5 4 11 10 7 5 23 19 82.6%% 45 41 91.1%%
Team Total 26.6 16 5 4 11 10 7 5 23 19 82.6%% 45 41 91.1%% 81 3263 59 0 40.3
Opp Total 16 21 14 66.7%% 30 28 93.3%% 74 2738 37.0

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
25 Tim Foley 30 SS 16 16 6 12 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Gerald Small 22 db 16 4 4 157 1 46 0 0 0 3 0 0
24 Delvin Williams*+ 27 RB 16 15 0 4 3 0 0
38 Leroy Harris 24 FB 15 11 0 5 1 0 0
49 Charlie Babb 28 db 16 3 3 61 0 36 0 0 0 2 0 0
50 Larry Gordon 24 ROLB 16 15 3 35 0 22 0 0 0 2 0 0
10 Don Strock 28 qb 16 7 0 4 1 -5 0
81 Jimmy Cefalo 22 PR 16 1 0 3 1 0 0
51 Rusty Chambers 25 RILB 16 15 1 49 0 49 0 0 1 2 0 0
56 Steve Towle 25 LILB 13 13 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
21 Rick Volk 33 FS 16 13 4 42 0 24 0
73 Bob Baumhower 23 NT 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 13 1
27 Gary Davis 24 rb 14 1 0 3 0 0 0
12 Bob Griese* 33 QB 11 9 0 3 0 -10 0
45 Curtis Johnson 30 RCB 15 12 3 -2 0 0 0
41 Norris Thomas 24 LCB 16 16 2 63 1 53 0 0 0 1 9 0
77 A.J. Duhe 23 RDE 13 10 0 0 2 75 0 1
67 Bob Kuechenberg*+ 31 LG/lt 16 15 0 0 2 0 0
55 Earnest Rhone 25 lb 16 2 2 4 0 4 0
58 Kim Bokamper 24 LOLB 16 16 1 2 0 2 0 1
44 Charles Cornelius 26 16 0 1 21 0 21 0
71 Mike Current 33 RT 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
83 Vern Den Herder 30 LDE 16 16 0 0 1 9 0
53 Bob Matheson 34 lb 12 3 0 0 1 0 0
89 Nat Moore 27 WR 16 15 0 1 0 0 0
64 Ed Newman 27 lg 12 9 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.6 16 32 458 2 53 0 0 24 30 91 1 2
Opp Total 16 27 37 16 2

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* 34 K 16 0 41 19 98
89 Nat Moore 27 WR 16 15 10 10 60
24 Delvin Williams*+ 27 RB 16 15 8 8 48
81 Jimmy Cefalo 22 PR 16 1 3 3 18
27 Gary Davis 24 rb 14 1 3 3 18
82 Duriel Harris 24 KR/WR 16 15 3 3 18
87 Andre Tillman 26 TE 16 16 3 3 18
34 Jim Braxton 29 rb 10 2 2 2 12
31 Norm Bulaich 32 rb 16 3 2 2 12
84 Bruce Hardy 22 16 0 2 2 12
38 Leroy Harris 24 FB 15 11 2 2 12
80 Loaird McCreary 25 te 16 1 2 2 12
73 Bob Baumhower 23 NT 16 16 1 1 6
83 Vern Den Herder 30 LDE 16 16 1 1 6
32 Benny Malone 26 6 0 1 1 6
48 Gerald Small 22 db 16 4 1 1 6
41 Norris Thomas 24 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
58 Kim Bokamper 24 LOLB 16 16 1 2
77 A.J. Duhe 23 RDE 13 10 1 2
Team Total 26.6 16 18 24 1 2 45 41 19 2 372
Opp Total 16 15 15 28 14 2 254

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ NYJ L, 20-33 2 58 rush Delvin Williams 58 yard rush
2 1978-09-03 @ NYJ L, 20-33 3 1 pass Nat Moore 1 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
3 1978-09-03 @ NYJ L, 20-33 4 5 pass Loaird McCreary 5 yard pass from Guy Benjamin (Garo Yepremian kick)
4 1978-09-10 @ BAL W, 42-0 1 53 interception Norris Thomas 53 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
5 1978-09-10 @ BAL W, 42-0 1 5 pass Nat Moore 5 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
6 1978-09-10 @ BAL W, 42-0 2 2 pass Bruce Hardy 2 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
7 1978-09-10 @ BAL W, 42-0 2 14 pass Andre Tillman 14 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
8 1978-09-10 @ BAL W, 42-0 4 8 rush Gary Davis 8 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1978-09-10 @ BAL W, 42-0 4 5 rush Benny Malone 5 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
10 1978-09-17 BUF W, 31-24 1 4 rush Leroy Harris 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
11 1978-09-17 BUF W, 31-24 2 6 pass Andre Tillman 6 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
12 1978-09-17 BUF W, 31-24 3 65 rush Gary Davis 65 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
13 1978-09-17 BUF W, 31-24 4 18 rush Delvin Williams 18 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1978-10-01 STL W, 24-10 1 2 pass Nat Moore 2 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
15 1978-10-01 STL W, 24-10 3 46 pass Nat Moore 46 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
16 1978-10-01 STL W, 24-10 4 1 rush Delvin Williams 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1978-10-09 CIN W, 21-0 1 3 pass Duriel Harris 3 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1978-10-09 CIN W, 21-0 2 27 pass Jimmy Cefalo 27 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1978-10-09 CIN W, 21-0 2 13 fumble Bob Baumhower 13 yard fumble return (Garo Yepremian kick)
20 1978-10-15 @ SDG W, 28-21 1 2 rush Jim Braxton 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
21 1978-10-15 @ SDG W, 28-21 2 5 pass Loaird McCreary 5 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
22 1978-10-15 @ SDG W, 28-21 2 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1978-10-15 @ SDG W, 28-21 3 12 pass Nat Moore 12 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
24 1978-10-22 @ NWE L, 24-33 1 1 rush Delvin Williams 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
25 1978-10-22 @ NWE L, 24-33 2 9 pass Nat Moore 9 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
26 1978-10-22 @ NWE L, 24-33 3 4 pass Andre Tillman 4 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
27 1978-10-29 BAL W, 26-8 2 33 pass Nat Moore 33 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
28 1978-10-29 BAL W, 26-8 2 63 pass Duriel Harris 63 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
29 1978-10-29 BAL W, 26-8 2 7 pass Vern Den Herder 7 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
30 1978-11-05 DAL W, 23-16 1 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
31 1978-11-05 DAL W, 23-16 1 1 rush Delvin Williams 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
32 1978-11-12 @ BUF W, 25-24 1 25 rush Delvin Williams 25 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
33 1978-11-12 @ BUF W, 25-24 2 26 rush Delvin Williams 26 yard rush
34 1978-11-12 @ BUF W, 25-24 2 16 pass Nat Moore 16 yard pass from Bob Griese
35 1978-11-20 @ HOU L, 30-35 1 10 pass Nat Moore 10 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
36 1978-11-20 @ HOU L, 30-35 2 1 rush Delvin Williams 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
37 1978-11-20 @ HOU L, 30-35 3 1 rush Leroy Harris 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
38 1978-11-20 @ HOU L, 30-35 4 11 pass Jimmy Cefalo 11 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
39 1978-11-26 NYJ L, 13-24 4 13 pass Bruce Hardy 13 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
40 1978-12-03 @ WAS W, 16-0 3 40 pass Jimmy Cefalo 40 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
41 1978-12-10 OAK W, 23-6 4 5 rush Norm Bulaich 5 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
42 1978-12-10 OAK W, 23-6 4 46 interception Gerald Small 46 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
43 1978-12-18 NWE W, 23-3 1 6 pass Nat Moore 6 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
44 1978-12-18 NWE W, 23-3 2 17 pass Duriel Harris 17 yard pass from Bob Griese
45 1978-12-18 NWE W, 23-3 3 1 rush Gary Davis 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ NYJ W, 33-20 1 47 pass Wesley Walker 47 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
2 1978-09-03 @ NYJ W, 33-20 2 1 pass Mickey Shuler 1 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
3 1978-09-03 @ NYJ W, 33-20 3 43 pass Wesley Walker 43 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
4 1978-09-17 BUF L, 24-31 2 1 rush Terry Miller 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
5 1978-09-17 BUF L, 24-31 4 92 pass Frank Lewis 92 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Tom Dempsey kick)
6 1978-09-17 BUF L, 24-31 4 4 pass Roland Hooks 4 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Tom Dempsey kick)
7 1978-09-24 @ PHI W, 17-3 2 4 pass Mike Hogan 4 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
8 1978-09-24 @ PHI W, 17-3 4 5 rush Mike Hogan 5 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
9 1978-10-01 STL L, 10-24 2 1 pass Jim Thaxton 1 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
10 1978-10-15 @ SDG L, 21-28 2 22 pass Lydell Mitchell 22 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
11 1978-10-15 @ SDG L, 21-28 3 1 rush Lydell Mitchell 1 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
12 1978-10-15 @ SDG L, 21-28 3 1 rush Lydell Mitchell 1 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
13 1978-10-22 @ NWE W, 33-24 2 1 rush Andy Johnson 1 yard rush (David Posey kick)
14 1978-10-22 @ NWE W, 33-24 2 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (David Posey kick)
15 1978-10-22 @ NWE W, 33-24 3 1 rush Horace Ivory 1 yard rush (David Posey kick)
16 1978-10-22 @ NWE W, 33-24 4 23 rush Horace Ivory 23 yard rush (David Posey kick)
17 1978-10-29 BAL L, 8-26 2 32 pass Glenn Doughty 32 yard pass from Mike Kirkland
18 1978-11-05 DAL L, 16-23 4 9 pass Billy Joe DuPree 9 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
19 1978-11-12 @ BUF L, 24-25 1 5 pass Reuben Gant 5 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Tom Dempsey kick)
20 1978-11-12 @ BUF L, 24-25 2 58 rush Curtis Brown 58 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
21 1978-11-12 @ BUF L, 24-25 4 14 pass Frank Lewis 14 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Tom Dempsey kick)
22 1978-11-20 @ HOU W, 35-30 1 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
23 1978-11-20 @ HOU W, 35-30 2 15 pass Mike Barber 15 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
24 1978-11-20 @ HOU W, 35-30 3 6 rush Earl Campbell 6 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
25 1978-11-20 @ HOU W, 35-30 4 12 rush Earl Campbell 12 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
26 1978-11-20 @ HOU W, 35-30 4 81 rush Earl Campbell 81 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
27 1978-11-26 NYJ W, 24-13 3 3 rush Darnell Powell 3 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
28 1978-11-26 NYJ W, 24-13 3 1 rush Kevin Long 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
29 1978-11-26 NYJ W, 24-13 4 33 pass Wesley Walker 33 yard pass from Matt Robinson (Pat Leahy kick)
30 1978-12-10 OAK L, 6-23 3 16 pass Fred Biletnikoff 16 yard pass from Ken Stabler