The Miami Dolphins kick-started the first four years of the franchise in mediocrity before Don Shula rescued the team in 1970. It’s 2019 and the Miami Dolphins sit in a purgatory that they have been stuck in since Don Shula coached his last game in Miami. Before we get to why I am bringing this up let’s look at the history of head coaches without Don Shula’s coaching statistics (Coaches that coached 16 or more games).
Miami Dolphins regular season and playoff records since Shula
Regular season 185-215-2
8 head coaches.
30 games under .500 in the regular season and just 10 playoff games played.
We break down the history of the Dolphins not to bring down Dolphin fans but to emphasize how important the next head coach will be. Dolphins’ brass must ensure that Brian Flores is the man for the job (expected to sign after his season ends.) Miami was hopeful that Adam Gase was the man to lead the Dolphins back to the optimistic days of Jimmy Johnson and even Don Shula, unfortunately he was another dud for the purgatory ridden Miami Dolphins. Can Brian Flores turn things around in Miami? The answer to that question remains to be seen, however one thing that looks promising is that the Miami Dolphins are starting with a defensive minded approach (with a plethora of young talent on that side of the ball) in an offense minded league these days.
Say what you will about the Dolphins mishaps of the past but starting with defense and starting with Ross giving Flores time to make his vision happen should leave Dolphin fans optimistic heading into the future.