There’s no need for an introduction anymore. By now, you know what we’re doing here. We are taking every single NFL franchise and ranking every head coach that they’ve hired during the Super Bowl era.

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Let’s Rank All Of The Miami Dolphins Head Coaches

 

 

9. Cam Cameron

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Years Coached: 2007

Total Games Coached: 16

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 1-15

 

Cam Cameron had a lot of success as OC of the San Diego Chargers from 2002-2006. Cam Cameron also had a lot of amazing offensive pieces to work with when he was in San Diego. When the Dolphins hired him as head coach in 2007, Cameron was coming off a bunch of interviews with different NFL teams for their head coach position and none of them offered a job outside of the Dolphins. Perhaps that was their first warning? Cameron only served one season as Dolphins head coach and it was easily the worst season in Miami Dolphins history and it’s not even close. Cam Cameron sucks.


 

8. George Wilson

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Years Coached: 1966-1969

Total Games Coached: 56

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 15-39-2

 

George Wilson was the first-ever head coach in Miami Dolphins history. The Dolphins weren’t exactly world-beaters when they joined the ranks of the AFL unfortunately. In four seasons as head coach of the Dolphins, Wilson’s best year was in 1968 when the team finished 5-8-1. He was let go after the 1969 season when the Dolphins went 3-10-1, but a lot of the roster moves he made helped set up the next head coach to have amazing success over the next few seasons. But we will get to that later…..


 

7. Nick Saban

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Years Coached: 2005-2006

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 15-17

 

In my opinion, Nick Saban is the greatest college football head coach of all-time (wow, what a REAL hot take there….). However, the one thing I’m always going to hold over his head is his failure in the NFL as head coach of the Dolphins. The Dolphins went out on a limb and hired Saban in 2005 after he had a lot of success at LSU that included winning a National Championship. Saban took the job with the Dolphins and it was a risk. Miami hadn’t been to the playoffs in four seasons and some guy named Bill Belichick was in the beginning of his dynasty with the New England Patriots, the Dolphins rivals. In his first-year in Miami, things didn’t go that bad. The Dolphins went 9-7 and just missed out on the playoffs. The following year, the team regressed a little falling to 6-10 and rumors already started swirling that Saban wanted out. The University of Alabama recently fired head coach Mike Shula and the rumor was they wanted Saban. Saban came out publicly as head coach of the Dolphins on December 21st and said “I guess I have to say it. I’m not going to be the Alabama coach”. Saban was hired as Alabama head coach just ten days later and would go on to become the best head coach in college football history, robbing us of Saban vs. Belichick duels for the next 13+ years. DAMN YOU SABAN!


 

6. Joe Philbin

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Years Coached: 2012-2015

Total Games Coached: 52

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 24-28

 

HBO’s Hard Knocks has been a real blessing in disguise for people like myself. Hard Knocks gives NFL fans a real depth look into what goes on in NFL locker rooms and behind the scenes. In 2012 when the series featured Joe Philbin and the Miami Dolphins, it gave us NFL fans an in-depth look as to why Philbin sucked so bad during his tenure in Miami. The guy just had zero passion and was kind of “hoo hum” about everything. NFL teams tend to take the identities of their head coaches and since Philbin was very calm and cool-headed, what do you think his teams were? Exactly that. In his first three seasons as coach of the Dolphins, Miami was very average as they flirted with the dreaded “Jeff Fisher mark”. After a 1-3 start in 2015, Dolphins ownership had seen enough and they finally let Philbin go. Something they probably should have done immediately after they hired him.


 

5. Adam Gase

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Years Coached: 2016-2018

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 23-25

 

Adam Gase is supposed to be an offensive genius. The NFL is more of an offensive league now than it’s ever been and everyone thought the Dolphins scored when they hired Gase as head coach in 2016. Gase had a lot of success as OC with the Denver Broncos and expectations were set high and rightfully so. In his first year with the team, Gase finished 10-6 and got the Dolphins to the post-season for the first time in 8 years. Unfortunately they would end up getting blown out by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but that’s a story for a different day. Gase’s first season in Miami was the highlight of his tenure as his teams started to regress after that and after going 7-9 this past season, the Dolphins fired him. Gase wasn’t out of work long though as the New York Jets quickly came calling and offered him their head coaching job. Gase will now have two chances a year to vent his frustrations out on the Dolphins….


 

4. Tony Sparano

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Years Coached: 2008-2011

Total Games Coached: 61

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 29-32

 

Since the year 2000, the Miami Dolphins have only won one division title. You know who was the head coach of the Dolphins when they won that AFC East division title? Tony FREAKING Sparano, that’s who! Sparano doesn’t get the respect he deserves for what he did in Miami. This is a guy who took a 1-15 team in 2007 and got them to 11-5 the very next year, won a division title, and earned a playoff berth. His teams started to regress a little after that, but they were still competitive. Miami ownership started to damage the relationship when they were openly interviewing head coaches for the job while Sparano was still the coach. After not finding “a better candidate”, the Dolphins signed Sparano to a two-year extension and then fired him after a 4-9 start just eleven months later. Ohhhhhhhhh Miami. I hope you never change. Rest in Peace Coach Sparano.


 

3. Dave Wannstedt

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Years Coached: 2000-2004

Total Games Coached: 73

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 42-31

 

Out of all the Miami Dolphins head coaches in history, only three of them have ended their careers with winning records with the team. Dave Wannstedt is one of them and it wasn’t easy. Wannstedt wasn’t just replacing one legend, but two of them. Wannstedt got the job when head coach Jimmy Johnson suddenly retired following the 1999 season. Expectations were high and they were met immediately. In his first two seasons, Wannstedt’s teams finished 11-5 and made the playoffs. The next two years weren’t as good, but the team was still competitive and finished around the 9-7 mark both years. But then 2004 happened. Fans and ownership were already starting to lose patience with Wannstedt for missing the playoffs two years in a row (remember those days Dolphins fans?) and after a 1-8 start in 2004….Wannstedt quit and went on to become head coach at his alma mater at the University of Pittsburgh. Wannstedt is still the last coach to have won a playoff game for the Dolphins and that was all the way back in 2000.


 

2. Jimmy Johnson

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Years Coached: 1996-1999

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 36-28

 

The Miami Dolphins SCORED when they hired Jimmy Johnson as head coach in 1996. Johnson was coming off a stint with the Dallas Cowboys that saw him win back-to-back Super Bowl titles and there definitely would have been more had he decided to stick with the team. Johnson took a few years off from football before accepting the job as head coach of the Dolphins to replace legendary head coach Don Shula. If you have one legend stepping down, why not replace him with another? With the hiring of Johnson, Miami once again had Super Bowl aspirations, they just never could fully achieve them. Johnson had a successful stint as Dolphins head coach which includes a winning record and three playoff appearances in four seasons, but they would always come up short when it mattered. After an embarrassing loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs (the Dolphins lost 62-7!!!!), Johnson announced his retirement and never coached again. A loss like that in the playoffs can leave a bitter taste in your mouth for many years. Johnson was never able to bring a championship to Miami, but that doesn’t stop him from almost being #1 if it wasn’t for this guy……


 

1. Don Shula

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Years Coached: 1970-1995

Total Games Coached: 392

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 257-133-2

 

The G.O.A.T. of head coaching when it comes to the Miami Dolphins. I mean, duh….right? Don Shula coached the Dolphins for twenty-five fucking years people. That’s insane! What’s even more insane is the fact that his 1972 team that went 17-0 and won the Super Bowl is STILL the only undefeated team in NFL history. What Don Shula was able to accomplish in Miami as head coach was just absurd. Let’s all bow down to the head coaching GOD (before Bill Belichick came along anyways….).