2016 Miami Dolphins season
|2016 Miami Dolphins season|
|Head coach||Adam Gase|
|General manager||Chris Grier|
|Owner||Stephen M. Ross|
|Home field||Hard Rock Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC East|
On January 2, 2016, two-year general manager Dennis Hickey was fired. On January 4, the Dolphins promoted director of college scouting Chris Grier to replace Hickey as the new general manager. Grier has been with the Dolphins for the past sixteen seasons, nine as the director of scouting.
The Dolphins front office, which is made up of owner Stephen Ross, executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum, CEO Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman Matt Higgins and Grier, developed a committee to find a permanent replacement for former head coach Joe Philbin, who was fired and replaced by tight ends coach Dan Campbell on October 5, 2015.
The Dolphins conducted interviews with seven candidates. The candidates included former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, former Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone, Bills assistant head coach Anthony Lynn, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and interim head coach Campbell. The Dolphins requested interviews with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, as well as Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.
On January 9, Gase was hired as the twelfth head coach in Dolphins history. He was the only candidate to receive a second interview. On January 12, Gase hired Bengals' defensive back coach Vance Joseph as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Matt Burke, who worked with Joseph in Cincinnati, in the same position. Gase also hired Washington Redskins' offensive line coach Shane Day as tight ends coach, San Francisco 49ers' offensive line coach Chris Foerster in the same position and former NFL wide receiver Shawn Jefferson as the wide receivers coach. Assistant general manager Eric Stokes was promoted to senior personnel executive.
On August 16, 2016, the Dolphins announced the naming rights to their home stadium had been sold to Hard Rock International. The stadium, which was known as Sun Life Stadium in 2015 and was being called "New Miami Stadium" during the $500 million renovations completed during the summer of 2016, will be known as "Hard Rock Stadium."
|Position||Player|| Free agency|
|Date signed||2016 team|
|QB||Matt Moore||UFA||March 15, 2016||Miami Dolphins|
|RB||Lamar Miller||UFA||March 9, 2016||Houston Texans|
|C||Jacques McClendon||UFA||March 11, 2016||Miami Dolphins|
|G||Shelley Smith||UFA||August 13, 2016||Chicago Bears|
|WR||Rishard Matthews||UFA||March 9, 2016||Tennessee Titans|
|DE||Derrick Shelby||UFA||March 9, 2016||Atlanta Falcons|
|DE||Olivier Vernon||UFA||March 9, 2016||New York Giants|
|LB||James-Michael Johnson||UFA||March 10, 2016||Miami Dolphins|
|LB||Spencer Paysinger||UFA||March 29, 2016||Miami Dolphins|
|LB||Kelvin Sheppard||UFA||April 10, 2016||New York Giants|
|RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent
The Dolphins first addition of 2016 was the signing of wide receiver/cornerback Tyler Davis on January 4, on a futures contract. Davis became the first German Football League player to be signed by an NFL team.
March 8, 2016 - The Dolphins sign DE Mario Williams on a 2-year, $16 million contract.
March 9, 2016 - The Dolphins sign S Isa Abdul-Quddus on a 3-year, $12.75 million contract.
The Dolphins first departure of 2016 was the waiving of offensive tackle Jason Fox, who had one year remaining on his contract, on January 12.
On March 9, the Dolphins lost Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller, Derrick Shelby, and Rishard Matthews to other teams during free agency.
|1||13||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|6||186||Jakeem Grant||WR||Texas Tech|
|6||204||Jordan Lucas||CB/S||Penn State|
|7||223||Brandon Doughty||QB||Western Kentucky|
- The team traded its first-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a first-round selection, cornerback Byron Maxwell, and linebacker Kiko Alonso.
- The Dolphins acquired an additional seventh-round selection in a trade that sent cornerback Will Davis to the Baltimore Ravens.
Miami Dolphins staff
This was the first preseason since 1999 that the Dolphins did not play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Record||Game site|| NFL.com|
|1||August 12||at New York Giants||W 27–10||1–0||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 19||at Dallas Cowboys||L 14–41||1–1||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 25||Atlanta Falcons||W 17–6||2–1||Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)||Recap|
|4||September 1||Tennessee Titans||L 10–21||2–2||Hard Rock Stadium||Recap|
|Week||Date||Kickoff||Opponent||Result||Record||Game site||TV|| NFL.com|
|1||September 11||4:05 p.m. EDT||at Seattle Seahawks||L 10–12||0–1||CenturyLink Field||CBS||Recap|
|2||September 18||1:00 p.m. EDT||at New England Patriots||L 24–31||0–2||Gillette Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|3||September 25||1:00 p.m. EDT||Cleveland Browns||W 30–24 (OT)||1–2||Hard Rock Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|4||September 29||8:25 p.m. EDT||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 7–22||1–3||Paul Brown Stadium||NFLN #||Recap|
|5||October 9||1:00 p.m. EDT||Tennessee Titans||L 17–30||1–4||Hard Rock Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|6||October 16||1:00 p.m. EDT||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 30–15||2–4||Hard Rock Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|7||October 23||1:00 p.m. EDT||Buffalo Bills||W 28–25||3–4||Hard Rock Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|9||November 6||1:00 p.m. EST||New York Jets||W 27–23||4–4||Hard Rock Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|10||November 13||4:05 p.m. EST||at San Diego Chargers||W 31–24||5–4||Qualcomm Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|11||November 20||4:05 p.m. EST||at Los Angeles Rams||W 14–10||6–4||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Fox||Recap|
|12||November 27||1:00 p.m. EST||San Francisco 49ers||W 31–24||7–4||Hard Rock Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|13||December 4||1:00 p.m. EST||at Baltimore Ravens||M&T Bank Stadium||CBS|
|14||December 11||1:00 p.m. EST||Arizona Cardinals||Hard Rock Stadium||Fox|
|15||December 17||8:25 p.m. EST||at New York Jets||MetLife Stadium||NFLN #|
|16||December 24||1:00 p.m. EST||at Buffalo Bills||New Era Field||CBS|
|17||January 1||1:00 p.m. EST||New England Patriots||Hard Rock Stadium||CBS|
- Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
- The network and time for Week 17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.
- # Indicates game simulcast on WFOR-TV.
Week 1: at Seattle Seahawks
Week 2: at New England Patriots
Week 3: vs. Cleveland Browns
Week 4: at Cincinnati Bengals
The Dolphins wore orange Color Rush uniforms for this game.
Week 5: vs. Tennessee Titans
at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Week 6: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 7: vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 9: vs. New York Jets
Week 10: at San Diego Chargers
Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams
Week 12: vs. San Francisco 49ers
at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Week 13: at Baltimore Ravens
|New England Patriots||9||2||0||.818||3–1||7–1||293||197||W2|
|New York Jets||3||8||0||.273||1–2||3–5||196||265||L3|
|1||New England Patriots||East||9||2||0||.818||3–1||7–1||.414||.370||W2|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||West||8||3||0||.727||3–0||6–2||.479||.455||W1|
|In the Hunt|
|12||San Diego Chargers||West||5||6||0||.455||1–3||4–5||.566||.500||W1|
|14||New York Jets||East||3||8||0||.273||1–2||3–5||.504||.353||L3|
|Eliminated from postseason contention|
|w — Clinched wild card|
|x — Clinched playoff berth|
|y — Clinched division|
|z — Clinched first-round bye|
|* — Clinched home-field advantage|
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