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1979 Miami Dolphins (NFL) 1st place American Football Conference Eastern Division 10-6-0 .625
Head Coach: Don Shula
Assistant Head Coach/DefenseBill Arnsparger
Assistant CoachSteve Crosby
ReceiversDan Henning
Defensive Backs/PuntersTom Keane
Offensive Line/Running GameJohn Sandusky
Defensive Line/Run DefenseMike Scarry
Offensive Backs/Special TeamsCarl Taseff
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Fri8/3/1979HNew Orleans Saints14-7WMiami, FLOrange Bowl44704
Sun9/2/1979ABuffalo Bills9-7WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium69441
Sun9/9/1979HSeattle Seahawks19-10WMiami, FLOrange Bowl56233
Sat8/11/1979ATampa Bay Buccaneers13-7WTampa, FLTampa Stadium64481
Sun9/16/1979AMinnesota Vikings27-12WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46187
Sat8/18/1979AMinnesota Vikings21-10WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45790
Sun9/23/1979HChicago Bears31-16WMiami, FLOrange Bowl66011
Fri8/24/1979HPhiladelphia Eagles14-13WMiami, FLOrange Bowl47951
Sun9/30/1979ANew York Jets27-33LNew York, NYShea Stadium51496
Mon10/8/1979AOakland Raiders3-13LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum52419
Sun10/14/1979HBuffalo Bills17-7WMiami, FLOrange Bowl45597
Sun10/21/1979ANew England Patriots13-28LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium61096
Sun10/28/1979HGreen Bay Packers27-7WMiami, FLOrange Bowl47471
Mon11/5/1979HHouston Oilers6-9LMiami, FLOrange Bowl72073
Sun11/11/1979HBaltimore Colts19-0WMiami, FLOrange Bowl50193
Sun11/18/1979ACleveland Browns24-30LOTCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium80374
Sun11/25/1979ABaltimore Colts28-24WBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium38016
Thu11/29/1979HNew England Patriots39-24WMiami, FLOrange Bowl69174
Sun12/9/1979ADetroit Lions28-10WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome78087
Sat12/15/1979HNew York Jets24-27LMiami, FLOrange Bowl49915
Sun12/30/1979APittsburgh Steelers14-34LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium50214AFC Divisional Playoff
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
49Charlie BabbS6'019029Memphis50
78Carl BarisichNT6'425628Princeton110
73Bob BaumhowerNT6'526524Alabama1616
7Guy BenjaminQB6'320824Stanford40
46Don BessillieuS6'120023Georgia Tech160
75Doug BettersRDE6'726023Montana; Nevada-Reno1614
47Glenn BlackwoodCB6'019022Texas110
58Kim BokamperLOLB6'625025Concordia (Moorhead); San Jose CC; San Jose State1413
31Norm BulaichRB6'121733Texas Christian90
81Jimmy CefaloWR5'1118923Penn State163
51Rusty ChambersRILB6'121826Tulane1616
20Neal ColzieFS6'219626Ohio State1616
39Larry CsonkaFB6'323833Syracuse1616
71Mike CurrentROT6'426734Ohio State1616
27Gary DavisHB5'1020025Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo)163
83Vern Den HerderLDE6'625131Central (Iowa)1616
63Mark DennardC6'125024Texas A&M167
77A.J. DuheRDE6'424924Louisiana State132
25Tim FoleySS6'019431Purdue1515
79Jon GieslerOT6'526523Michigan160
50Larry GordonROLB6'423025Arizona State1616
61Cleveland GreenOT6'626422Southern University160
12Bob GrieseQB6'119034Purdue1412
85Jeff GrothWR5'1017222Bowling Green State40
84Bruce HardyTE6'423423Arizona State1614
82Duriel HarrisWR5'1117625New Mexico State1514
36Steve HowellRB6'223023Baylor160
37Mike KozlowskiSS6'019823San Diego State; Brigham Young; MiraCosta JC; Colorado161
67Bob KuechenbergLOT6'225532Notre Dame1616
68Eric LaaksoROG6'426023Tulane102
52Mel LandLB6'324224Michigan State160
62Jim LangerC6'225331South Dakota State99
86Ronnie LeeTE6'327223Baylor162
66Larry LittleROG6'127034Bethune-Cookman1514
53Bob MathesonLOLB6'424135Duke163
89Nat MooreWR5'918828Tennessee-Martin; Miami-Dade JC; Florida1614
22Tony NathanRB6'020623Alabama160
64Ed NewmanLOG6'224028Duke1616
54Ralph OrtegaLB6'222026Florida80
55Earnie RhoneLB6'222426Henderson State160
4George RobertsP6'018124Virginia Tech160
48Gerald SmallRCB5'1119223San Jose State1616
10Don StrockQB6'523029Virginia Tech164
45Ed TaylorCB6'017524Memphis50
41Norris ThomasLCB5'1117525Southern Mississippi1616
60Jeff ToewsOT6'325522Washington110
38Bob TorreyRB6'423022Penn State70
56Steve TowleLILB6'223026Kansas1616
5Uwe von SchamannK-P6'118823Oklahoma160
24Delvin WilliamsHB6'020028Kansas1413
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Jon Giesler124TMichigan
Jeff Toews253TWashington
Tony Nathan361RBAlabamafrom TB
Mel Land363LBMichigan Statefrom NYG
Ronnie Lee365TEBaylorfrom NO
Steve Howell4107RBBaylor
Don Bessillieu5134DBGeorgia Tech
Steve Lindquist6162OGNebraska
Uwe Von Schamann7189KOklahoma
Jeff Groth8206WRBowling Green Statefrom WAS
Glenn Blackwood8215DBTexasfrom DEN
Jeff Weston9244DTNotre Dame
Jerome Stanton10258DBMichigan Statefrom DET
Mike Kozlowski10272RBColorado
Mike Blanton11299DEGeorgia Tech
Larry Fortner12327QBMiami (Ohio)
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals7175801150
Opponents Totals247187696
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals297126140319520945.579651
Opponents Totals23887135168822139.8107834
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Uwe von Schamann0364090.0212972.4099
Larry Csonka130000078
Nat Moore60000036
Delvin Williams40000024
Norm Bulaich30000018
Jimmy Cefalo30000018
Bruce Hardy30000018
Duriel Harris30000018
Tony Nathan30000018
Gary Davis1000006
Bob Torrey1000006
(Team)0000012
Team Totals40364090.0212972.41341
Opponents Totals31263086.7152657.70257
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Uwe von Schamann212972.40/08/89/142/42/3
Team Totals212972.40/08/89/142/42/3
Opponents Totals152657.70/02/37/96/140/0
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Larry Csonka2208373.82212
Delvin Williams1847033.8393
Gary Davis983833.9421
Tony Nathan16684.3180
Bob Torrey13614.7171
Norm Bulaich9374.192
Bob Griese11302.7180
Nat Moore3227.3180
Duriel Harris12020.0200
Don Strock3186.0110
Steve Howell382.750
Team Totals56121873.94219
Opponents Totals48417023.5309
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Bob Griese31017656.811821607.012.351144.5165.226223193772.0
Don Strock1005656.0388308.314.85366.066.022280878.3
Guy Benjamin4375.01287.09.31700.000.01101893.8
Bruce Hardy100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Delvin Williams100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals41623556.515930187.312.853204.8225.329255276373.4
Opponents Totals41823055.016530517.313.378t174.1235.536314273769.0
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Nat Moore4884017.5536
Duriel Harris4279819.0513
Gary Davis342156.3180
Bruce Hardy3038612.9283
Delvin Williams211758.3381
Tony Nathan1721312.5352
Larry Csonka16754.7181
Jimmy Cefalo1222318.6303
Norm Bulaich8536.6131
Steve Howell3237.7110
Ronnie Lee2147.0100
Bob Torrey231.580
Team Totals235301812.85320
Opponents Totals230305113.378t17
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Neal Colzie58617.2560
Gerald Small57414.8400
Larry Gordon23316.5330
Norris Thomas22914.5240
Earnie Rhone2178.5100
Tim Foley284.080
Bob Matheson12828.0280
Rusty Chambers144.040
Charlie Babb133.030
Kim Bokamper133.030
Steve Towle100.000
Team Totals2328512.4560
Opponents Totals2238217.458t3
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
George Roberts69277240.26811113131242134.6
Uwe Von Schamann13131.03101001111.0
Team Totals71280339.56811213131243234.3
Opponents Totals77291937.9600714337244231.7
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Tony Nathan281430610.986t1
Mike Kozlowski34217.0110
Jimmy Cefalo23105.0100
Charlie Babb1000.000
Nat Moore0600
Team Totals34273379.986t1
Opponents Totals25171315.2340
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Tony Nathan45101622.6430
Mike Kozlowski48521.3280
Gary Davis22713.5160
Don Bessillieu02020L0
Team Totals51114822.5430
Opponents Totals69151822.0550
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Charlie Babb0010100
Bob Baumhower0001100
Norm Bulaich100000
Rusty Chambers0002200
Larry Csonka400000
Mike Current0010100
Gary Davis200000
Vern Den Herder0003300
Mark Dennard0010100
Tim Foley0002220
Larry Gordon00033120
Bob Griese4202-20
Steve Howell0010100
Mike Kozlowski0010100
Mel Land0001100
Jim Langer0010100
Larry Little0010100
Nat Moore120200
Tony Nathan800000
Earnie Rhone0001100
Don Strock300000
Steve Towle0001100
Delvin Williams410100
Team Totals2715121426120
Opponents Totals29151115260
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