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The Dolphins are Florida's oldest professional sports team, having been founded in 1966 based in the Miami area. The team joined the NFL in the 1970 merger. In 1972 the Dolphins completed the NFL's only ever perfect season culminating in a Super Bowl win, winning all 14 of their regular-season games, both of their NFL playoff games, and also Super Bowl VII.

Last season the Dolphins managed to make thier first playoff appearance since 2008. It's alway a tough ask to make the playoffs when you play in the same division as Tom Brady's Patriots. On paper the Dolphins are the second strongest team in the division, and it will be intriguing to see if they can replicate last season's form.

Roster

Head Coach: Adam Gase

Head coach Adam Gase didn't need much of an acclimation period to make the Dolphins into a playoff team. Miami surprised with a 10-6 record and the team's first postseason appearance since the 2008 campaign. None of this will matter if it regresses in Gase's second season. All of the same components are in place with one glaring exception. Ryan Tannehill's season-ending injury gave way to Jay Culter's signing. An argument can be made the Dolphins are better with Cutler. His experience and ever-present arm talent have the potential to make Miami's offense more explosive.

OFFENCE

The Dolphin's offence was run-first, pass-second last season, with Jay Ajayi being the main ball carrier for the team as they finished 9th in rushing. However their pass attack must improve, and with the injury to QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami will be hoping newly acquired gunslinger Jay Cutler will be able to sling the ball around with greater success to their star receivers Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills. Miami needs a much better aerial attack, havinf finished only 26th in pass yards last time around.

DEFENCE

Defensively Miami must improve. They had one of the worst defences when it came to giving up yards, finishing 29th in the league. Most of this was down to a poor run defence that allowed the third most rushing yards in the NFL. There is enough star power to turn things around, especially on the defensive line, with Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake causing problems all day for opposing Quarterbacks. Linebacker Kiko Alonso and Safety Reshad Jones are another two leaders that need to step up for a unit looking for improvements this year.

MVP

Ndamukong Suh, DT

There aren't many other players in the NFL who strike as much fear into an opponent as Ndamukong Suh. The 6ft 4" 305lb beast has wrecked havoc since entering the league in 2010. Many consider Suh to be one of the most disruptive defensive tackles since Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.

One negative to Suh's game is that some believe he crosses the line a few too many times, and this has got him a bit of a reputation as a 'dirty' player. To Suh's credit, these dirty days were more common during his early career with the Detroit Lions. Miami fans will be hoping Suh can channel all his aggression to turn the Dolphin's defence into a formidable force.

Other notable players: Ryan Tannehill, QB. Jay Ajayi, RB. Jarvis Landry, WR. Cameron Wake, DE.

Uniforms

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Hard Rock Stadium

Hard Rock Stadium originally opened in 1987 as Joe Robbie Stadium, but has been completely revamped and reconstructed since 2014, becoming a state-of-the-art modern canopy stadium.

Capacity: 65,326

Miami

State: Florida

Population: 453,579

Miami is an international city at Florida's southeastern tip. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. On barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glamorous neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs.

Records

Super Bowls

1972
(VII)

1973
(VIII)

Conference Champions

AFC Champions - 5

Division Champions

AFC East - 13

Playoff Appearances - 23

All Time Record

(Since end of 2016 Season)

Regular Season

Wins: 439 Losses: 341 Ties: 4

Post Season

Wins: 41 Losses: 20

Total

Wins: 460 Losses: 363 Ties: 4

Hall of Famers - 10

Paul Warfield, WR - Class of 1983

Larry Csonka, FB - Class of 1987

Jim Langer, C - Class of 1987

Larry Little, G - Class of 1993

Bob Griese, QB - Class of 1990

Don Shula, Coach - Class of 1997

Dwight Stevenson, C - Class of 1998

Nick Buoniconti, LB - Class of 2001

Dan Marino, QB - Class of 2005

Jason Taylor, DE - Class of 2017

DIVISION

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