List of Miami Dolphins starting quarterbacks

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The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in Miami metropolitan area. They are members of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Lawyer Joe Robbie and actor Danny Thomas were granted enfranchisement on August 15, 1965, committing their team as the 9th member of the American Football League (AFL).[1][2]

The Dolphins have had 32 different starting quarterbacks (QB) in their franchise history; only George Mira and Tyler Thigpen have started only one game for the Dolphins.[3][4][a] The Dolphins' first starting quarterback was Dick Wood during the first inaugural season game in 1966, against the Oakland Raiders; Wood however was replaced a week later by rookie Rick Norton due to inconsistency.[5][6] Notable Dolphin starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Bob Griese and Dan Marino, whom together combined for 391 total starts and 239 wins all with the Dolphins.[7][8][9] Other standouts include Earl Morrall, Don Strock, David Woodley, Jay Fiedler, Chad Pennington, and A.J. Feeley.

The Miami Dolphins entered the 2012 season with the franchise's 32nd different starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He is the first rookie to ever start on opening day for the Dolphins.[10]

History[edit]

Inception[edit]

The Miami Dolphins entered their 1966 inaugural season with Dick Wood as their starting quarterback against the Oakland Raiders.[11] By the end of the first half Woods had thrown four interceptions, two of which translated to ten points by the Raiders.[5] Rookie replacement Rick Norton finished the second half of the game and started the next two games against the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.[12] Trailing 41-3 against the Bills, Norton was benched in favor of rookie punter George Wilson Jr., who played quarterback in college at Xavier University. Wilson outscored the Bills 21-17 during his 40 minutes of playing time, throwing three touchdowns and passing for 185 yards.[13]

I never thought I'd be the No. 1 Quarterback.

George Wilson Jr.[13]

Wilson went on to start the next seven games for the Dolphins. During that time Wilson collected the franchise's first and second victories against the Denver Broncos on October 16, and followed it up a week later with a victory against the Houston Oilers.[14] However, during the week twelve game against the New York Jets, Wilson suffered a shoulder-injury, that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.[15]

Dick Wood started the next three games for the Dolphins, but didn't finish out the season as rookie quarterback John Stofa started the final game against the Houston Oilers.[11] Stofa led the team to its third and final victory of the season by beating the Oilers 29-28.[16]

Bob Griese Era[edit]

Bob Griese, a quarterback from Purdue, was selected by the Miami Dolphins as the fourth pick, in the first round of 1967 Common Draft.[17] Entering the 1967 season rookie Griese was slated to develop as a backup quarterback behind John Stofa. However, due to an ankle injury suffered during the first game of the season, Stofa was sidelined, and Griese finished the game leading the Dolphins to 35-21 victory over the Denver Broncos. Griese started the next two games, but sustained an injury during the week five game against the New York Jets and was replaced by Rick Norton for three games. Griese resumed the role of starting QB for the remaining eight games of his rookie season.

For the next 13 seasons Bob Griese started a majority of the Miami Dolphins' games. During that tenure Griese became the first Miami Dolphin quarterback to start all of the season's games in 1970, lead by head coach Don Shula. In the same year the Dolphins collected their first winning season and playoff berth, but lost against the Oakland Raiders 21-14 in the Divisional Round. The following year, 1971, the Dolphins made their first Super Bowl appearance against the Dallas Cowboys, but lost 24-3.

In 1972 Griese started and won the first five games of the season, but fell victim to injury against the San Diego Chargers. Earl Morrall started and won the remaining nine games of season. Morrall started both the Divisional and AFC conference games, but Griese returned to start Super Bowl VII. Griese's 14-7 win against the Washington Redskins completed the NFL's first and only perfect season. Earl Morrall's performance earned him the NFL's inaugural Comeback Player of the Year Award. Starting 11 of the season's 17 games, contributions from his 1972 season and further performances in his career have listed him as one of the top back-up quarterbacks in NFL history.

In 1973 Griese started 13 regular season games, and led the Dolphins to their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, the first in NFL history and second consecutive Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl VIII, the second in NFL history.

Over the next seven years Bob Griese started 74 regular season and three playoff games. He sustained a multitude of injuries and shared the starting role with quarterbacks Earl Morrall, Don Strock, and David Woodley, but finally in 1980, against the Baltimore Colts, Griese sustained a shoulder-injury that would prompt him to retire at the end of the season.

Throughout his career Griese played in six pro bowls, two all-star games, was elected the Dolphins MVP six times, and was named All-Pro in 1971 and 1977. Throughout the 1970s the Miami Dolphins had the highest winning percentage in all of professional sports. Griese was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Following the end of the Griese era, quarterback David Woodley became the Dolphins starting quarterback and continued the Dolphin's success. Woodley made it to the playoffs in 1981 and in 1982. During the 1982 season the Dolphins lost in their fourth Super Bowl appearance against the Washington Redskins 17-27. In 1983, Woodley lost the starting job to rookie quarterback Dan Marino. David Woodley is known as being the transition quarterback between Bob Griese and Dan Marino.

Dan Marino Era[edit]

University of Pittsburgh freshman (1979)

Dan Marino, a quarterback from the University of Pittsburgh, was selected by the Miami Dolphins as the 27th pick, in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Much like Griese, Marino was slated to develop under starting quarterback David Woodley. During the third game of the season against the Los Angeles Raiders, Marino saw his first action as an NFL quarterback, and passed for ninety yards and threw for two touchdowns. Following a loss during week 4, Marino replaced Woodley, and the following week started his first game against the Buffalo Bills. Miami, however, lost the game in overtime 35-38.

Starting quarterbacks by season[edit]

YearColumn links to corresponding team season
(#)Number of games started in the regular season or post-season win–loss record
Inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame[7]

Regular season[edit]

Season(s)Quarterback (Games)References
2014Ryan Tannehill (11)[18]
2013Ryan Tannehill (16)[18]
2012Ryan Tannehill (16)[19][20]
2011Matt Moore (12)Chad Henne (4)[21]
2010Chad Henne (14)Chad Pennington (1)Tyler Thigpen (1)[4][22]
2009Chad Henne (13)Chad Pennington (3)[23]
2008Chad Pennington (16)[24]
2007Cleo Lemon (7)Trent Green (5)John Beck (4)[25]
2006Joey Harrington (11)Daunte Culpepper (4)Cleo Lemon (1)[26]
2005Gus Frerotte (15)Sage Rosenfels (1)[27]
2004A.J. Feeley (8)Jay Fiedler (7)Sage Rosenfels (1)[28]
2003Jay Fiedler (11)Brian Griese (5)[29]
2002Jay Fiedler (10)Ray Lucas (6)[30]
2001Jay Fiedler (16)[31]
2000Jay Fiedler (15)Damon Huard (1)[32]
1999Dan Marino (11)Damon Huard (5)[33]
1998Dan Marino (16)[34]
1997Dan Marino (16)[35]
1996Dan Marino (13)Craig Erickson (3)[36]
1995Dan Marino (14)Bernie Kosar (2)[37]
1994Dan Marino (16)[38]
1993Scott Mitchell (7)Dan Marino (5)Steve DeBerg (4)[39]
1992Dan Marino (16)[40]
1991Dan Marino (16)[41]
1990Dan Marino (16)[42]
1989Dan Marino (16)[43]
1988Dan Marino (16)[44]
1987[b]Dan Marino (12)Kyle Mackey (3)[45]
1986Dan Marino (16)[46]
1985Dan Marino (16)[47]
1984Dan Marino (16)[48]
1983Dan Marino (9)David Woodley (5)Don Strock (2)[49]
1982[b]David Woodley (9)[50]
1981David Woodley (15)Don Strock (1)[51]
1980David Woodley (11)Bob Griese (3)Don Strock (2)[52]
1979Bob Griese (12)Don Strock (4)[53]
1978[c]Bob Griese (9)Don Strock (7)[54]
1977Bob Griese (14)[55]
1976Bob Griese (13)Don Strock (1)[56]
1975Bob Griese (10)Don Strock (3)Earl Morrall (1)[57]
1974Bob Griese (13)Earl Morrall (1)[58]
1973Bob Griese (13)Earl Morrall (1)[59]
1972Earl Morrall (9)Bob Griese (5)[60]
1971Bob Griese (13)George Mira (1)[3][61]
1970Bob Griese (14)[62]
1969Bob Griese (9)Rick Norton (5)[63]
1968Bob Griese (13)Rick Norton (1)[64]
1967Bob Griese (10)Rick Norton (3)John Stofa (1)[65]
1966George Wilson (7)Dick Wood (4)Rick Norton (2)John Stofa (1)[66]

Regular Season Stats[edit]

Updated through
week 9 2014 Season

QuarterbackJersey
Number
GamesWinsLossesTiesWin %
FeeleyA.J. Feeley# 7835-.375
KosarBernie Kosar# 19202-.000
Griese, BobBob Griese# 1215192563.619
Griese, BrianBrian Griese# 14532-.600
HenneChad Henne# 7311318-.419
PenningtonChad Pennington# 1020128-.600
LemonCleo Lemon# 17817-.125
EricksonCraig Erickson# 7312-.333
HuardDamon Huard# 11651-.833
MarinoDan Marino# 1324014793-.613
CulpepperDaunte Culpepper# 8413-.250
WoodleyDavid Woodley# 164027121.688
Wood Dick Wood# 18404-.000
StrockDon Strock# 1020146-.700
MorrallEarl Morrall# 1512111-.917
Mira George Mira# 10110-1.000
WilsonGeorge Wilson# 10725-.286
FrerotteGus Frerotte# 111596-.600
Mackey Kyle Mackey# 15312-.333
FiedlerJay Fiedler# 9593623-.610
HarringtonJoey Harrington# 31156-.455
BeckJohn Beck# 9404-.000
StofaJohn Stofa# 15220-1.000
Moore Matt Moore# 81266-.500
LucasRay Lucas# 6624-.333
Norton Rick Norton# 1111110-.091
TannehillRyan Tannehill# 17432122-.488
RosenfelsSage Rosenfels# 18202-.000
DeBergSteve DeBerg# 17422-.500
Mitchell Scott Mitchell# 19734-.429
GreenTrent Green# 10505-.000
ThigpenTyler Thigpen# 16101-.000
Totals7444203204.567

Post Season[edit]

Post Season Stats[edit]

QuarterbackGamesWinsLossesRef.
Bob Griese #121165[67]
Earl Morrall #15220[68]
David Woodley #16532[69]
Dan Marino #1318810[70]
Jay Fiedler #9312[71]
Chad Pennington #10101[72]
Totals402020

Post Season Games[edit]

QuarterbackSeasonGameOpponentScorewin %Ref
Bob Griese1970DivisionalOakland14-21.545[67]
1971DivisionalKansas City27-24 OT2[a]
AFC ChampionshipBalt. Colts21-0
Super Bowl VIDallas03-24 3-24
1972Super Bowl VIIWashington14-0714-7
1973DivisionalCincinnati34-16
AFC ChampionshipOakland27-10
Super Bowl VIIIMinnesota24-0724-7
1974DivisionalOakland26-28
1978DivisionalHouston Oilers09-179-17
1979DivisionalPittsburgh14-34
Earl Morrall1972DivisionalCleveland20-141.000[68]
1972AFC ChampionshipPittsburgh21-17
David Woodley1981DivisionalSan Diego38-41 OT[b].600[69]
1982First RoundNew England28-13
Second RoundSan Diego34-13
AFC ChampionshipNew York Jets14-0
Super Bowl XVIIWashington17-27
Dan Marino1983DivisionalSeattle20-27.444[70]
1984DivisionalSeattle31-10
AFC ChampionshipPittsburgh45-28
Super Bowl XIXSan Francisco16-38
1985DivisionalCleveland24-21
AFC ChampionshipNew England14-31
1990Wild CardKansas City17-16
DivisionalBuffalo34-44
1992DivisionalSan Diego31-0
AFC ChampionshipBuffalo10-29
1994Wild CardKansas City27-17
DivisionalSan Diego21-22
1995Wild CardBuffalo22-37
1997Wild CardNew England03-17 3-17
1998Wild CardBuffalo24-17
DivisionalDenver03-38 3-38
1999Wild CardSeattle20-17
DivisionalJacksonville07-627-62
Jay Fielder2000Wild CardIndianapolis23-17 OT.333[71]
DivisionalOakland00-270-27
2001Wild CardBalt. Ravens03-20 3-20
Chad Pennington2008Wild CardBalt. Ravens09-27 9-27.000[72]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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