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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)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bob Griese 34 12 12 176 for 310, 2,160 yards, 14 td, 16 int, & 11 rushes for 30 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 1st / 4th pick / 1967
RB Delvin Williams 28 5 13 184 rushes for 703 yards, 3 td, & 21 catches for 175 yards and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 49th pick / 1974
FB Larry Csonka 33 11 16 220 rushes for 837 yards, 12 td, & 16 catches for 75 yards and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 1st / 8th pick / 1968
WR Duriel Harris 25 3 14 42 catches for 798 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for 20 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 80th pick / 1976
WR Nat Moore 28 5 14 48 catches for 840 yards, 6 td, & 3 rushes for 22 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1974
TE Bruce Hardy 23 1 14 30 catches for 386 yards, 3 td Miami Dolphins / 9th / 247th pick / 1978
LT Bob Kuechenberg 32 9 16 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
LG Ed Newman 28 6 16 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 156th pick / 1973
C Jim Langer 31 9 9 1 fumble recovered
RG Larry Little 34 12 14 1 fumble recovered
RT Mike Current 34 12 16 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Vern Den Herder 31 8 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
NT Bob Baumhower* 24 2 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 40th pick / 1977
RDE Doug Betters 23 1 14 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 163rd pick / 1978
LOLB Kim Bokamper* 25 2 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 19th pick / 1976
LILB Steve Towle 26 4 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 6th / 143rd pick / 1975
RILB Rusty Chambers 26 4 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
ROLB Larry Gordon 25 3 16 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 17th pick / 1976
LCB Norris Thomas 25 2 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 9th / 257th pick / 1976
RCB Gerald Small 23 1 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 4th / 93rd pick / 1978
SS Tim Foley* 31 9 15 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 55th pick / 1970
FS Neal Colzie 25 4 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Oakland Raiders / 1st / 24th pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K Uwe von Schamann 23 Rook 0 21 of 29 field goals & 36 of 40 extra points Miami Dolphins / 7th / 189th pick / 1979
P George Roberts 24 1 0 69 punts for a 40.2 average, 1 blocked
PR Tony Nathan+ 23 Rook 0 28 punt returns for a 10.9 average and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 61st pick / 1979
KR Tony Nathan+ 23 Rook 0 45 kick returns for a 22.6 average and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 61st pick / 1979

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
49 Charlie Babb 29 5 0 190 6-0 Memphis 2/4/1950 7 3 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 129th pick / 1972
78 Carl Barisich 28 11 0 258 6-4 Princeton 7/12/1951 6 3 Cleveland Browns / 11th / 281st pick / 1973
73 Bob Baumhower* 24 NT 16 16 261 6-5 Alabama 8/4/1955 2 11 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 40th pick / 1977
7 Guy Benjamin 24 4 0 210 6-4 Stanford 6/27/1955 1 0 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 51st pick / 1978
46 Don Bessillieu 23 16 0 200 6-1 Georgia Tech 5/4/1956 Rook 3 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 134th pick / 1979
75 Doug Betters 23 RDE 16 14 262 6-7 Montana,Nevada 6/11/1956 1 7 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 163rd pick / 1978
47 Glenn Blackwood 22 11 0 187 6-0 Texas 2/23/1957 Rook 3 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 215th pick / 1979
58 Kim Bokamper* 25 LOLB 14 13 245 6-6 Concordia-Moorhead (MN),San Jose St. 9/25/1954 2 8 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 19th pick / 1976
31 Norm Bulaich 33 9 0 218 6-1 TCU 12/25/1946 9 1 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 18th pick / 1970
81 Jimmy Cefalo 23 wr 16 3 190 5-11 Penn St. 10/6/1956 1 3 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 81st pick / 1978
51 Rusty Chambers 26 RILB 16 16 218 6-1 Tulane 11/10/1953 4 8
20 Neal Colzie 25 FS 16 16 200 6-2 Ohio St. 2/28/1954 4 7 Oakland Raiders / 1st / 24th pick / 1975
39 Larry Csonka 33 FB 16 16 237 6-3 Syracuse 12/25/1946 11 7 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 8th pick / 1968
71 Mike Current 34 RT 16 16 274 6-5 Ohio St. 9/17/1945 12 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
27 Gary Davis 25 rb 16 3 202 5-10 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 9/7/1954 3 6 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 174th pick / 1976
83 Vern Den Herder 31 LDE 16 16 250 6-6 Central College (IA) 11/28/1948 8 8 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
63 Mark Dennard 24 c 16 7 253 6-1 Texas A&M 11/2/1955 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 274th pick / 1978
77 A.J. Duhe 24 lb 13 2 247 6-4 LSU 11/27/1955 2 2 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 13th pick / 1977
25 Tim Foley* 31 SS 15 15 194 6-0 Purdue 1/22/1948 9 8 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 55th pick / 1970
79 Jon Giesler 23 16 0 262 6-5 Michigan 12/23/1956 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 24th pick / 1979
50 Larry Gordon 25 ROLB 16 16 230 6-4 Arizona St. 7/8/1954 3 9 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 17th pick / 1976
61 Cleveland Green 22 16 0 265 6-3 Southern 9/11/1957 Rook 4
12 Bob Griese 34 QB 14 12 190 6-1 Purdue 2/3/1945 12 9 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 4th pick / 1967
85 Jeff Groth 22 4 0 176 5-10 Bowling Green 7/2/1957 Rook 0 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 206th pick / 1979
84 Bruce Hardy 23 TE 16 14 235 6-5 Arizona St. 6/1/1956 1 4 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 247th pick / 1978
82 Duriel Harris 25 WR 15 14 179 5-11 New Mexico St. 11/27/1954 3 9 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 80th pick / 1976
36 Steve Howell 23 16 0 227 6-2 Baylor 12/20/1956 Rook 0 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 107th pick / 1979
37 Mike Kozlowski 23 db 16 1 196 6-0 San Diego St.,BYU,Colorado 2/24/1956 Rook 2 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 272nd pick / 1979
67 Bob Kuechenberg 32 LT 16 16 253 6-2 Notre Dame 10/14/1947 9 7 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
68 Eric Laakso 23 t 10 2 285 6-4 Tulane 11/29/1956 1 2 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 106th pick / 1978
52 Mel Land 24 16 0 243 6-3 Michigan St. 11/30/1955 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1979
62 Jim Langer 31 C 9 9 250 6-2 South Dakota St. 5/16/1948 9 4
86 Ronnie Lee 23 t 16 3 265 6-3 Baylor 12/24/1956 Rook 3 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 65th pick / 1979
66 Larry Little 34 RG 15 14 265 6-1 Bethune-Cookman 11/2/1945 12 6
53 Bob Matheson 35 lb 16 3 238 6-4 Duke 11/25/1944 12 3 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1967
89 Nat Moore 28 WR 16 14 184 5-9 Tenn-Martin,Florida 9/19/1951 5 10 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1974
22 Tony Nathan+ 23 KR 16 0 206 6-0 Alabama 12/14/1956 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 61st pick / 1979
64 Ed Newman 28 LG 16 16 245 6-2 Florida Atlantic,Duke 6/4/1951 6 7 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 156th pick / 1973
54 Ralph Ortega 26 8 0 220 6-2 Florida 7/6/1953 4 3 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 29th pick / 1975
55 Earnest Rhone 26 16 0 220 6-2 Henderson St. 8/20/1953 4 5
4 George Roberts 24 P 16 0 181 6-0 Virginia Tech 6/10/1955 1 2
48 Gerald Small 23 RCB 16 16 192 5-11 San Jose St. 8/10/1956 1 7 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 93rd pick / 1978
10 Don Strock 29 qb 16 4 220 6-5 Virginia Tech 11/27/1950 5 3 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 111th pick / 1973
45 Ed Taylor 26 5 0 174 6-0 Memphis 5/13/1953 4 2 New York Jets / 9th / 224th pick / 1975
41 Norris Thomas 25 LCB 16 16 180 6-0 Southern Miss 5/3/1954 2 6 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 257th pick / 1976
60 Jeff Toews 22 11 0 255 6-3 Washington 11/4/1957 Rook 3 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1979
38 Bob Torrey 22 7 0 231 6-4 Penn St. 1/30/1957 Rook 1 New York Giants / 6th / 145th pick / 1979
56 Steve Towle 26 LILB 16 16 233 6-2 Kansas 10/23/1953 4 8 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 143rd pick / 1975
5 Uwe von Schamann 23 K 16 0 190 6-0 Oklahoma 4/23/1956 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 189th pick / 1979
24 Delvin Williams 28 RB 14 13 195 6-0 Kansas 4/17/1951 5 8 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 49th pick / 1974
Team Total 26.2 16 223.6 6-2.0 3.7