2011 Miami Dolphins Season
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2011 Miami Dolphins Season

2011 Miami Dolphins season
Head coachTony Sparano (fired on December 12; 4-9 record)
Todd Bowles (interim; 2-1 record)
General managerJeff Ireland
Home fieldSun Life Stadium
Results
Record6-10
Division place3rd AFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersBrandon Marshall, WR
Jake Long, OT
Paul Soliai, NT

The 2011 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League, the 46th overall and the fourth under head coach Tony Sparano.[1] The Dolphins made their first round selection with the 15th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft on Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey. The team got off to an 0-7 start and won six of their final nine games, but failed to improve on their record from 2010, resulting in Sparano being fired on December 12, 2011.

Offseason

2011 NFL draft

DraftKing.com, NFLMocks.com, and The Palm Beach Post predicted that the Dolphins would use their first round pick to choose Gabe Carimi, a left tackle for the Wisconsin Badgers who won the 2010 Outland Trophy as the nation's top collegiate interior lineman, and was a Consensus All-American.[2][3] Charles Davis of NFL.com predicted they would draft Mark Ingram Jr. from the University of Alabama.[4]

2011 Miami Dolphins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 15 Mike Pouncey *  C/G Florida
2 62 Daniel Thomas  RB Kansas State Pick from DEN[dr 1][dr 2]
4 111 Edmond Gates  WR Abilene Christian
6 174 Charles Clay  FB/TE Tulsa Pick from GB[dr 3]
7 231 Frank Kearse  DT Alabama A&M Pick from JAC[dr 4]
7 235 Jimmy Wilson  CB Montana Compensatory[dr 5]
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
  1. ^ The Dolphins traded its second-round selection (#46 overall) and a 2010 second-round selection to the Denver Broncos in exchange for WR Brandon Marshall.
  2. ^ The Dolphins traded its third-round selection (#79 overall), fifth-round selection (#146 overall) and a seventh-round selection (#217 overall) to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a second-round selection (#62 overall).
  3. ^ The Dolphins traded its sixth-round selection (#179 overall) and seventh-round selection (#218 overall) to the Green Bay Packers for their sixth-round selection (#174 overall) and seventh-round selection (#231 overall).
  4. ^ The Dolphins acquired this seventh-round selection (#218 overall) in a May 2010 trade that sent G Justin Smiley to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  5. ^ Compensatory selection

Personnel changes

Brian Daboll joins the team as offensive coordinator. Karl Dorrell moves to quarter backs coach from wide receivers coach. Jeff Nixon added as the running backs coach. Steve Bush moves to wide receivers coach from offensive quality control. Ike Hilliard added as an assistant wide receivers coach. Dan Campbell moves to tight ends coach from intern. Bryan Cox is added as a defensive pass rush coach.

Roster changes

Re-signings

Signings

Departures

Trades

Team Captains

The team voted the following as their 2011 team captains.

Offense

Defense

Special Teams

Head coach Tony Sparano decided that the special teams captain would be selected on week to week basis.[34]

Staff

Final roster

Schedule

Preseason

The Dolphins' defensive backs huddle during the preseason opener in Atlanta.
Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 12 at Atlanta Falcons W 28-23 1-0 Georgia Dome Recap
2 August 19 Carolina Panthers W 20-10 2-0 Sun Life Stadium Recap
3 August 27 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13-17 2-1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
4 September 1 Dallas Cowboys W 17-3 3-1 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 12 New England Patriots L 24-38 0-1 Sun Life Stadium Recap
2 September 18 Houston Texans L 13-23 0-2 Sun Life Stadium Recap
3 September 25 at Cleveland Browns L 16-17 0-3 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
4 October 2 at San Diego Chargers L 16-26 0-4 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
5 Bye
6 October 17 at New York Jets L 6-24 0-5 MetLife Stadium Recap
7 October 23 Denver Broncos L 15-18 (OT) 0-6 Sun Life Stadium Recap
8 October 30 at New York Giants L 17-20 0-7 MetLife Stadium Recap
9 November 6 at Kansas City Chiefs W 31-3 1-7 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
10 November 13 Washington Redskins W 20-9 2-7 Sun Life Stadium Recap
11 November 20 Buffalo Bills W 35-8 3-7 Sun Life Stadium Recap
12 November 24 at Dallas Cowboys L 19-20 3-8 Cowboys Stadium Recap
13 December 4 Oakland Raiders W 34-14 4-8 Sun Life Stadium Recap
14 December 11 Philadelphia Eagles L 10-26 4-9 Sun Life Stadium Recap
15 December 18 at Buffalo Bills W 30-23 5-9 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at New England Patriots L 24-27 5-10 Gillette Stadium Recap
17 January 1 New York Jets W 19-17 6-10 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. New England Patriots

The Dolphins began their 2011 campaign at home, for a Week 1 AFC East duel with the New England Patriots in the first game of Monday Night Football's doubleheader. Miami delivered the game's opening splash with a 9-yard touchdown run from quarterback Chad Henne. The Patriots answered with running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis getting a 4-yard touchdown run. New England took the lead in the second quarter as quarterback Tom Brady completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The Dolphins struck back in the third quarter as Henne found wide receiver Brian Hartline on a 10-yard touchdown pass, but New England came right back with Brady completing a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wes Welker. Miami replied with a 20-yard field goal from kicker Dan Carpenter, but the Patriots came right back with Brady completing a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez. New England added onto their in the fourth quarter as kicker Stephen Gostkowski got a 20-yard field goal, followed by Brady completing a 99-yard touchdown pass to Welker. The Dolphins would close out the game with Henne finding running back Reggie Bush on a 2-yard touchdown pass.

With the loss, Miami began their season at 0-1.

Week 2: vs. Houston Texans

With the loss, the Dolphins dropped to 0-2.

Week 3: at Cleveland Browns

With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 0-3.

Week 4: at San Diego Chargers

With the loss, the Dolphins went into their bye week 0-4.

Week 6: at New York Jets

With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 0-5.

Week 7: vs. Denver Broncos

With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 0-6.

Week 8: at New York Giants

With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 0-7.

Week 9: at Kansas City Chiefs

With the win, the Dolphins improved to 1-7 and made the Colts the only winless team.

Week 10: vs. Washington Redskins

With the win, the Dolphins improved to 2-7.

Week 11: vs. Buffalo Bills

Coming off their win over the Redskins, the Dolphins stayed at home for a Week 11 AFC East showdown with the Buffalo Bills. Miami trailed early in the first quarter as Bills kicker Dave Rayner made a 30-yard field goal, yet the Dolphins immediately answered with quarterback Matt Moore finding tight end Anthony Fasano on a 1-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 5-yard touchdown run from running back Reggie Bush. Miami would add onto their lead in the second quarter with Moore connecting with fullback Charles Clay on a 12-yard touchdown pass, followed by wide receiver Davone Bess on a 4-yard touchdown pass. Buffalo would close out the half with Rayner booting a 56-yard field goal.

The Dolphins continued their dominating day in the third quarter with running back Lex Hilliard recovering a blocked punt in the endzone for a touchdown (the team's first TD off of a blocked punt since 1990). The Bills tried to rally as linebacker Kelvin Sheppard tackled rookie running back Daniel Thomas in the endzone for a safety, but Miami's lead proved to be too much to overcome.

With the win, the Dolphins improved to 3-7.

This game also marked the first time since 1990 that Miami allowed 10 points or fewer in three-straight games. They have now become the 3rd team in NFL History to win 3 straight after starting season at least 0-7 ('78 Cardinals & '86 Colts).[35]

Week 12: at Dallas Cowboys

Thanksgiving Day game

Coming off their win over the Bills, the Dolphins flew to Cowboys Stadium for a Week 12 interconference duel with the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Miami delivered the game's opening punch in the first quarter with a 26-yard field goal from kicker Shayne Graham, but the Cowboys answered in the second quarter with kicker Dan Bailey getting a 32-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Tony Romo completing a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Laurent Robinson. The Dolphins would close out the half with a 28-yard field goal from Graham.

Miami would regain the lead in the third quarter with a 27-yard field goal from Graham, followed by quarterback Matt Moore finding wide receiver Brandon Marshall on a 35-yard field goal. Dallas struck back in the fourth quarter with Romo completing an 18-yard touchdown pass to Robinson. The Dolphins would reply with a 23-yard field goal from Graham, but the Cowboys got the last laugh with Bailey nailing the game-winning 28-yard field goal.

With the loss, Miami fell to 3-8.

Week 13: vs. Oakland Raiders

With the win, the Dolphins improved to 4-8.

Week 14: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

With the loss, the Dolphins dropped to 4-9, and were officially eliminated from postseason contention. One day later (December 12), head coach Tony Sparano was fired and replaced by assistant coach Todd Bowles on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.

Week 15: at Buffalo Bills

Week 16: at New England Patriots

Week 17: vs. New York Jets

The Dolphins closed out their season with a 19-17 win over the Jets that knocked the Jets out of playoff contention. The Dolphins intercepted Mark Sanchez three times and limited him to 235 passing yards. The win was the 400th in Miami Dolphins franchise history and the final game for Jason Taylor, held to one tackle in the game; he recovered what was initially ruled a fumble by the Jets and raced to a touchdown, but the score was nullified when it the ball was ruled down by contact.

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1)New England Patriots 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 513 342 W8
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 3-3 6-6 394 382 L3
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 3-3 5-7 348 330 W1
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 1-5 4-8 372 434 L1

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