- Fins cut Grimes The Fins release CB Brent Grimes, freeing $6.5 million in cap space
- Mario Williams signed DE Mario Williams signs a 2 years deal with the Fins
- Fins trade for CB Maxwell Fins swap 1st round picks with the Eagles for CB Maxwell and LB Alonso
- Adam Gase hired Coach Gase was hired as head coach of the Dolphins
Ranking the All-Time Dolphins by position part one – offense
Part one. Defense will follow.
This is an impossible task, and totally subjective which is what makes it both fun, and challenging. Some positions, like QB are easy; others like DE are brutally difficult.
The advantage I have in taking on a project like this is I’ve been a die-hard fan since Christmas Day 1971. I’ve seen almost every meaningful moment in franchise history. The disadvantage is I am old, and surely will forget someone I shouldn’t have.
Feel free to disagree, as I am using no specific formula, other then my perception of the player’s value to the team in the day he played. That being the case, a player like Larry Seiple could be in front of other punters who had a better average. Most positions I will list my top 3, unless I find it too unfair to do so, and no current day players will be included.
Here we go…
The obvious and far too easy position is QB.
- Dan Marino – Simply one of the best ever.
- Bob Griese – Very underrated QB who was as unselfish as they come. Hard to call a hallof famer underrated, but he is.
- Chad Pennington – One of the most accurate QB’s in history.
More difficult is backup QB, as we’ve had some very special backup Quarterbacks who played a significant role, both on and off the field.
- Earl Morrall — Without Earl there is no undefeated season. With all the talk of running QB’s today, I’m still shocked Earl had a 31 yard run at 38 years old. The funny thing is the players put an old wooden rocking chair in front of his locker.
- Don Strock had the pleasure of playing in the most exciting game I’ve ever seen in person. He was amazing against the Chargers in ’81, just amazing. He was also a great tutor to Marino.
- Jim Jensen – Jim “Crash” Jensen, nothing more needs to be said.
- Ricky Williams – He knew what beast mode meant.
- Mercury Morris – A speedster who was amazing at times.
- Tony Nathan – Not a great back, but his receiving skills were a great complement to the offense.
- Jim Kiick – See Nathan.
- Larry Csonka – He defined the franchise in the early 70’s. One of the toughest players ever to wear a Dolphins uniform.
- Keith Byars – Okay runner, better receiver.
- Woody Bennett – Solid enough to get the job done.
- Rob Konrad – (Honorable mention) Always admired his physical style of play, but never really realized his full potential.
- Jim Mandich – He claims the top spot more because of what he meant to the franchise then his numbers on the field. RIP Mad Dog.
- Joe Rose – Great hands, clutch player.
- Bruce Hardy – Never spectacular, but good enough to last 12 seasons.
- Ferrell Edmonds – At 6-6 254 he was a solid athlete. Injuries took their toll.
- Norm Evans – Steady, and consistent.
- Eric Laakso – Got the job done.
- Ron Heller – Nasty, and efficient.
- Larry Little – It’s not close.
- Ed Newman – Tough, and determined blocker.
- Harry Galbreath – Played 9 seasons in Miami.
- Dwight Stephenson – Maybe the best ever. I still hate Marty Lyons.
- Jim Langer – HOFer says it all.
- Tim Ruddy – Solid player, tough, durable.
- Bob Kuechenberg – Belongs in the HOF.
- Keith Sims – Smart, powerful, and determined blocker.
- Roy Foster – Protected Marino from ’83-’90.
- Richmond Webb
- Jon Giesler
- Doug Crusan
- Paul Warfield – poetry in motion.
- Mark Clayton – Tough as nails.
- Mark Duper – Fast as hell, and fearless. A rare combination.
- Nat Moore – Scored the first time he touched the ball.
- Duriel Harris – Had he had the chance to play with Marino in his prime he’d have been special.