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1979 Miami Dolphins

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.3, Offense: 0.3, Defense: 4.0, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 341 points (21.3/g), 11th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 257 points (16.1/g), 4th.
 Differential of 84 points (5.2/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 10.6-5.4.

Coach: Don Shula (10-6-0)
 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 341 4950 1006 4.9 37 15 31 297 235 416 2763 20 22 6.2 140 561 2187 19 3.9 126
Team Defense 257 4439 938 4.7 38 15 16 238 230 418 2737 17 23 6.0 135 484 1702 9 3.5 87
Lg Rank Offense 11 16 12 8 17 21 14 9 12 9 12 17 9 17
Lg Rank Defense 4 4 14 20 1 4 12 9 10 19 2 2 2 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore W 1-0 @ Buffalo Bills 9 7 20 293 118 175 1 5 121 76 45 1
2 Sun September 9 boxscore W 2-0 Seattle Seahawks 19 10 15 315 198 117 2 19 345 226 119 4
3 Sun September 16 boxscore W 3-0 @ Minnesota Vikings 27 12 22 319 183 136 3 14 243 106 137 4
4 Sun September 23 boxscore W 4-0 Chicago Bears 31 16 23 389 196 193 1 16 240 155 85 2
5 Sun September 30 boxscore L 4-1 @ New York Jets 27 33 21 354 286 68 1 16 354 186 168 1
6 Mon October 8 boxscore L 4-2 @ Oakland Raiders 3 13 18 226 57 169 3 13 209 112 97
7 Sun October 14 boxscore W 5-2 Buffalo Bills 17 7 14 279 101 178 1 11 178 108 70 1
8 Sun October 21 boxscore L 5-3 @ New England Patriots 13 28 13 204 69 135 5 17 299 170 129 1
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W 6-3 Green Bay Packers 27 7 28 475 280 195 1 9 196 143 53 3
10 Mon November 5 boxscore L 6-4 Houston Oilers 6 9 13 240 138 102 4 10 190 11 179
11 Sun November 11 boxscore W 7-4 Baltimore Colts 19 0 13 247 123 124 3 11 231 149 82 3
12 Sun November 18 boxscore L OT 7-5 @ Cleveland Browns 24 30 15 317 196 121 3 25 493 345 148 2
13 Sun November 25 boxscore W 8-5 @ Baltimore Colts 28 24 16 265 165 100 1 27 416 297 119 3
14 Thu November 29 boxscore W 9-5 New England Patriots 39 24 22 322 152 170 2 21 420 327 93 6
15 Sun December 9 boxscore W 10-5 @ Detroit Lions 28 10 22 321 179 142 2 10 182 100 82 3
16 Sat December 15 boxscore L 10-6 New York Jets 24 27 22 384 322 62 4 14 322 226 96 4
Playoffs
Division Sun December 30 boxscore L 10-7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 14 34 16 249 224 25 2 27 379 220 159 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 34 QB 14 12 7-5-0 176 310 56.8% 2160 14 4.5 16 5.2 51 7.0 5.5 12.3 154.3 72.0 26 223 5.76 4.46 7.7 1 1
10 Don Strock 29 qb 16 4 3-1-0 56 100 56.0% 830 6 6.0 6 6.0 53 8.3 6.8 14.8 51.9 78.3 2 22 7.92 6.45 2.0 1 1
7 Guy Benjamin 24 4 0 3 4 75.0% 28 0 0.0 0 0.0 17 7.0 7.0 9.3 7.0 93.7 1 10 3.60 3.60 20.0
84 Bruce Hardy 23 TE 16 14 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
24 Delvin Williams 28 RB 14 13 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 26.2 16 10-6-0 235 416 56.5% 3018 20 4.8 22 5.3 53 7.3 5.8 12.8 188.6 73.4 29 255 6.21 4.88 6.5 2 2
Opp Total 16 230 418 55.0% 3051 17 4.1 23 5.5 7.3 5.64 13.3 190.7 69.0 36 314 6.0 4.5 7.9

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
39 Larry Csonka 33 FB 16 16 220 837 12 22 3.8 52.3 13.8 16 75 4.7 1 18 1.0 4.7 912 13 4
24 Delvin Williams 28 RB 14 13 184 703 3 39 3.8 50.2 13.1 21 175 8.3 1 38 1.5 12.5 878 4 4
27 Gary Davis 25 rb 16 3 98 383 1 42 3.9 23.9 6.1 34 215 6.3 0 18 2.1 13.4 598 1 2
22 Tony Nathan+ 23 KR/PR 16 0 16 68 0 18 4.3 4.3 1.0 17 213 12.5 2 35 1.1 13.3 281 2 8
38 Bob Torrey 22 7 0 13 61 1 17 4.7 8.7 1.9 2 3 1.5 0 8 0.3 0.4 64 1 0
12 Bob Griese 34 QB 14 12 11 30 0 18 2.7 2.1 0.8 30 0 4
31 Norm Bulaich 33 9 0 9 37 2 9 4.1 4.1 1.0 8 53 6.6 1 13 0.9 5.9 90 3 1
89 Nat Moore 28 WR 16 14 3 22 0 18 7.3 1.4 0.2 48 840 17.5 6 53 3.0 52.5 862 6 1
36 Steve Howell 23 16 0 3 8 0 5 2.7 0.5 0.2 3 23 7.7 0 11 0.2 1.4 31 0 0
10 Don Strock 29 qb 16 4 3 18 0 11 6.0 1.1 0.2 18 0 3
82 Duriel Harris 25 WR 15 14 1 20 0 20 20.0 1.3 0.1 42 798 19.0 3 51 2.8 53.2 818 3 0
84 Bruce Hardy 23 TE 16 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 386 12.9 3 28 1.9 24.1 386 3 0
81 Jimmy Cefalo 23 wr 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 223 18.6 3 30 0.8 13.9 223 3 0
86 Ronnie Lee 23 t 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 14 7.0 0 10 0.1 0.9 14 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 561 2187 19 42 3.9 136.7 35.1 235 3018 12.8 20 53 14.7 188.6 5205 39 27
Opp Total 16 484 1702 9 3.5 106.4 30.3 230 2737 11.9 17 14.4 171.1 4439 26 29

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
22 Tony Nathan+ 23 KR/PR 16 0 28 306 1 86 10.9 45 1016 0 43 22.6 1603
37 Mike Kozlowski 23 db 16 1 3 21 0 11 7.0 4 85 0 28 21.3 106
81 Jimmy Cefalo 23 wr 16 3 2 10 0 10 5.0 233
27 Gary Davis 25 rb 16 3 2 27 0 16 13.5 625
49 Charlie Babb 29 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
46 Don Bessillieu 23 16 0 0 20 0 20 20
Team Total 26.2 16 34 337 1 86 9.9 51 1148 0 43 22.5 6690
Opp Total 16 25 131 0 5.2 69 1518 0 22.0

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
5 Uwe von Schamann 23 K 16 0 8 8 14 9 4 2 3 2 29 21 72.4%% 40 36 90.0%% 1 31 31 0 31.0
4 George Roberts 24 P 16 0 69 2772 68 1 40.2
Team Total 26.2 16 8 8 14 9 4 2 3 2 29 21 72.4%% 40 36 90.0%% 70 2803 68 1 40.0
Opp Total 16 26 15 57.7%% 30 26 86.7%% 77 2918 37.9

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
22 Tony Nathan+ 23 KR/PR 16 0 0 8 0 0 0
12 Bob Griese 34 QB 14 12 0 4 2 -2 0
20 Neal Colzie 25 FS 16 16 5 86 0 56 0
50 Larry Gordon 25 ROLB 16 16 2 33 0 33 0 0 0 3 12 0
48 Gerald Small 23 RCB 16 16 5 74 0 40 0
24 Delvin Williams 28 RB 14 13 0 4 1 0 0
39 Larry Csonka 33 FB 16 16 0 4 0 0 0
25 Tim Foley* 31 SS 15 15 2 8 0 8 0 0 0 2 2 0
51 Rusty Chambers 26 RILB 16 16 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0
83 Vern Den Herder 31 LDE 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
89 Nat Moore 28 WR 16 14 0 1 2 0 0
55 Earnest Rhone 26 16 0 2 17 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
10 Don Strock 29 qb 16 4 0 3 0 0 0
49 Charlie Babb 29 5 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Gary Davis 25 rb 16 3 0 2 0 0 0
41 Norris Thomas 25 LCB 16 16 2 29 0 24 0
56 Steve Towle 26 LILB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Bob Baumhower* 24 NT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
58 Kim Bokamper* 25 LOLB 14 13 1 3 0 3 0
31 Norm Bulaich 33 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
71 Mike Current 34 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
63 Mark Dennard 24 c 16 7 0 0 1 0 0
36 Steve Howell 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
37 Mike Kozlowski 23 db 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
52 Mel Land 24 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Jim Langer 31 C 9 9 0 0 1 0 0
66 Larry Little 34 RG 15 14 0 0 1 0 0
53 Bob Matheson 35 lb 16 3 1 28 0 28 0
Team Total 26.2 16 23 285 0 56 0 0 27 26 12 0
Opp Total 16 29 29 14

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
5 Uwe von Schamann 23 K 16 0 36 21 99
39 Larry Csonka 33 FB 16 16 12 1 13 78
89 Nat Moore 28 WR 16 14 6 6 36
24 Delvin Williams 28 RB 14 13 3 1 4 24
31 Norm Bulaich 33 9 0 2 1 3 18
81 Jimmy Cefalo 23 wr 16 3 3 3 18
84 Bruce Hardy 23 TE 16 14 3 3 18
82 Duriel Harris 25 WR 15 14 3 3 18
22 Tony Nathan+ 23 KR/PR 16 0 2 1 3 18
27 Gary Davis 25 rb 16 3 1 1 6
38 Bob Torrey 22 7 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.2 16 19 20 1 40 36 21 1 339
Opp Total 16 9 17 1 3 26 15 257

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 @ BUF W, 9-7 4 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush
2 1979-09-09 SEA W, 19-10 2 3 pass Nat Moore 3 yard pass from Bob Griese
3 1979-09-09 SEA W, 19-10 4 7 pass Norm Bulaich 7 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
4 1979-09-16 @ MIN W, 27-12 2 3 rush Delvin Williams 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
5 1979-09-16 @ MIN W, 27-12 4 6 pass Larry Csonka 6 yard pass from Don Strock
6 1979-09-16 @ MIN W, 27-12 4 6 pass Jimmy Cefalo 6 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
7 1979-09-16 @ MIN W, 27-12 4 5 rush Norm Bulaich 5 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
8 1979-09-23 CHI W, 31-16 3 3 rush Delvin Williams 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
9 1979-09-23 CHI W, 31-16 3 12 rush Larry Csonka 12 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
10 1979-09-23 CHI W, 31-16 4 9 rush Larry Csonka 9 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
11 1979-09-23 CHI W, 31-16 4 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
12 1979-09-30 @ NYJ L, 27-33 1 26 pass Jimmy Cefalo 26 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
13 1979-09-30 @ NYJ L, 27-33 4 18 pass Bruce Hardy 18 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
14 1979-09-30 @ NYJ L, 27-33 4 6 pass Nat Moore 6 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
15 1979-10-14 BUF W, 17-7 1 86 punt Tony Nathan 86 yard punt return (Uwe von Schamann kick)
16 1979-10-14 BUF W, 17-7 2 7 rush Larry Csonka 7 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
17 1979-10-21 @ NWE L, 13-28 1 13 pass Bruce Hardy 13 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
18 1979-10-28 GNB W, 27-7 2 37 pass Duriel Harris 37 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
19 1979-10-28 GNB W, 27-7 3 7 rush Larry Csonka 7 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
20 1979-10-28 GNB W, 27-7 3 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
21 1979-11-11 BAL W, 19-0 1 18 pass Nat Moore 18 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
22 1979-11-11 BAL W, 19-0 2 14 pass Nat Moore 14 yard pass from Bob Griese
23 1979-11-18 @ CLE L, 24-30 3 9 rush Delvin Williams 9 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
24 1979-11-18 @ CLE L, 24-30 4 2 pass Bruce Hardy 2 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
25 1979-11-18 @ CLE L, 24-30 4 4 pass Delvin Williams 4 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
26 1979-11-25 @ BAL W, 28-24 1 29 pass Duriel Harris 29 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
27 1979-11-25 @ BAL W, 28-24 2 3 rush Larry Csonka 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
28 1979-11-25 @ BAL W, 28-24 3 31 pass Duriel Harris 31 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
29 1979-11-25 @ BAL W, 28-24 4 12 pass Tony Nathan 12 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
30 1979-11-29 NWE W, 39-24 2 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
31 1979-11-29 NWE W, 39-24 3 38 pass Nat Moore 38 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
32 1979-11-29 NWE W, 39-24 3 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
33 1979-11-29 NWE W, 39-24 4 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
34 1979-12-09 @ DET W, 28-10 1 25 pass Nat Moore 25 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
35 1979-12-09 @ DET W, 28-10 1 29 pass Jimmy Cefalo 29 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
36 1979-12-09 @ DET W, 28-10 3 3 rush Larry Csonka 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
37 1979-12-09 @ DET W, 28-10 4 3 rush Gary Davis 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
38 1979-12-15 NYJ L, 24-27 1 20 pass Tony Nathan 20 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
39 1979-12-15 NYJ L, 24-27 2 3 rush Larry Csonka 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
40 1979-12-15 NYJ L, 24-27 4 1 rush Bob Torrey 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 @ BUF L, 7-9 2 76 blocked field goal Charles Romes 76 yard blocked field goal return (Tom Dempsey kick)
2 1979-09-09 SEA L, 10-19 3 23 pass Steve Raible 23 yard pass from Jim Zorn (Efren Herrera kick)
3 1979-09-23 CHI L, 16-31 4 1 rush Willie McClendon 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
4 1979-09-30 @ NYJ W, 33-27 1 0 fumble Johnny Lynn 0 yard fumble return (Pat Leahy kick)
5 1979-09-30 @ NYJ W, 33-27 2 1 rush Tom Newton 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
6 1979-09-30 @ NYJ W, 33-27 2 1 rush Tom Newton 1 yard rush
7 1979-09-30 @ NYJ W, 33-27 3 58 interception Bobby Jackson 58 yard interception return
8 1979-09-30 @ NYJ W, 33-27 4 71 pass Wesley Walker 71 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
9 1979-10-08 @ OAK W, 13-3 3 14 pass Raymond Chester 14 yard pass from Ken Stabler
10 1979-10-08 @ OAK W, 13-3 3 23 interception Ted Hendricks 23 yard interception return (Jim Breech kick)
11 1979-10-14 BUF L, 7-17 3 3 rush Roland Hooks 3 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
12 1979-10-21 @ NWE W, 28-13 2 1 rush Horace Ivory 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
13 1979-10-21 @ NWE W, 28-13 3 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
14 1979-10-21 @ NWE W, 28-13 4 15 pass Ray Jarvis 15 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
15 1979-10-21 @ NWE W, 28-13 4 35 interception Mike Hawkins 35 yard interception return (John Smith kick)
16 1979-10-28 GNB L, 7-27 3 78 pass Paul Coffman 78 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
17 1979-11-18 @ CLE W, 30-24 1 2 rush Pat Moriarty 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
18 1979-11-18 @ CLE W, 30-24 3 14 pass Ozzie Newsome 14 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
19 1979-11-18 @ CLE W, 30-24 4 34 pass Ozzie Newsome 34 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
20 1979-11-18 @ CLE W, 30-24 5 39 pass Reggie Rucker 39 yard pass from Brian Sipe
21 1979-11-25 @ BAL L, 24-28 1 3 pass Don McCauley 3 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
22 1979-11-25 @ BAL L, 24-28 3 6 pass Joe Washington 6 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1979-11-25 @ BAL L, 24-28 4 31 pass Mike Siani 31 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
24 1979-11-29 NWE L, 24-39 2 16 pass Harold Jackson 16 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
25 1979-11-29 NWE L, 24-39 2 38 pass Stanley Morgan 38 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
26 1979-11-29 NWE L, 24-39 4 13 pass Carlos Pennywell 13 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
27 1979-12-09 @ DET L, 10-28 4 29 pass Gene Washington 29 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Benny Ricardo kick)
28 1979-12-15 NYJ W, 27-24 2 1 rush Woody Bennett 1 yard rush
29 1979-12-15 NYJ W, 27-24 3 72 pass Bruce Harper 72 yard pass from Richard Todd (Dave Jacobs kick)
30 1979-12-15 NYJ W, 27-24 3 1 rush Scott Dierking 1 yard rush (Dave Jacobs kick)
31 1979-12-15 NYJ W, 27-24 4 4 pass Mickey Shuler 4 yard pass from Richard Todd (Dave Jacobs kick)