By John Turney
We at Pro Football Journal are trying to pick the best individual seasons in the history of each franchise, which we will continue today with the Dolphins franchise. By "Career-year" we mean the best performances at each position, with the following rule: Only one season per player per position. For example, here, we cannot pick Dan Marino's best two seasons and use both QB slots.
Here is the team, First-teams on left, Second-teams on
Starting from the top, we went with Dwight Stephenson's 1985 where he seemingly won every award there is. He was
|Dwight Stephenson. Credit: Merv Corning|
|Larry Little. Credit: Merv Corning|
|Richmond Webb. Credit: Pratt Institute|
Breaking down the receivers was difficult as they played in different eras and that has to be factored in. Paul Warfield, 1971, and Mark Clayton, 1984, get the top spots and Nat Moore, 1977 and Mark Duper, 1986, are the Second-
|Paul Warfield. Credit: Mark Gardner|
Davone Bess, 2009, is the slot or 3rd receiver and
Harris, 1977 Duriel , backs him up. Honorable mention goes to Wes Welker, 2006 , as a slot. Harris, for some reason, always seemed to come up with a big play in a key situation. He only started when Nat Moore or Freddie Soloman were nicked, but he played often as a slot receiver when both were healthy.
Big backs Ricky Williams and Larry Csonka are the top running backs with Mercury Morris and Delvin Williams the
. Williams had the biggest rushing season and Zonk was the All-Pro fullback from 1971-73. Delvin Williams arrived in Miami from the 49ers and promptly has a 1200-yard season. Williams was made expendable in San Francisco due to the 49ers giving up a King's back-ups for O.J. Simpson in 1978. Ramsom
|Jim Kiick. Credit: George Bartell|
|Larry Csonka. Credit: Merv Corning|
|Dan Marino. Credit: Dan Menta|
|Jason Taylor. Credit: Pratt Institute|
First-team selections are Jason Taylor and Bill Stanfill. Taylor's 2006 edges out 2002 and 2000. In 2002 he had 18.5
|Bill Stanfill. Credit: Pratt Institute|
Doug Betters was the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1983, and we still put it behind Stanfill's 1973. Betters had 16 sacks, 76 tackles (8 were
|Manny Fernandez. Credit: Neal Portnoy|
Bob Baumhower, 1983, was his best season being All-Pro and eight sacks, though he was so consistent, a few other years would qualify, 1981 being one when he had a career-high nine sacks.
|Bob Baumhower. Credit: Pratt Institute|
Trace Armstrong, 2000, is the designated pass rusher, he led the NFL is
, was Second-team All-Pro, voted a Pro Bowl starter, despite not starting a single game. Lorenzo Bromell, 1998, is the Second-team DPR. He usually rushed from the inside and had eight sacks. Kim Bokamper gets and honorable mention for his 7½ sacks in as a role player in 1981. sacks
We went with Nick Buoniconti, 1969, as the 4-3 MLB and John Offerdahl, 1990, as the 3-4 ILBer. Zach Thomas was so-so close, though.
had 114 Buoniconti tackles in 1969, 8½ were , six passes stuffs , three interceptions and was a consensus All-AFL selection. Thomas was All-Pro often, but never a consensus All-Pro, so that was the deciding factor of Buoniconti defelcted First-team and Thomas named Second-team. getting
|Nick Buoniconti. Credit: Gary Thomas|
|John Offerdahl. Credit: Merv Corning|
|Zach Thomas. Credit: Bruce Tatman|
The classic "SAM" backer was Kim Bokamper, 1979, and Larry Gordon, 1978, who was good at coverage.
|Dick Westmorland. Credit: Merv Corning|
|Dick Anderson. Credit: Bart Forbes|
|Jake Scott. Credit: Bart Forbes|
The nickel back is Lloyd Mumphord, 1972 and Terrell Buckley, 2003.
Garo Yepremian, 1973. He was All-Pro and the NFL's top kicker, and was also All-Pro in 1971. Between Olindo Mare, 1999, and Pete Stoyanovich, 1992, it was
|Garo Yepremian. Credit PFJ|
O.J. McDuffie, 1993, and Freddie Solomon, 1975 are one-two as the punt returners. McDuffie had 2 TDs in 1993 and while Soloman was a great returner, but it was hard to get publicity when Rick Upchurch and Billy White Shoes Johnson were in the same conference.
Ted Ginn, 2009, gets the it based on his two touchdowns and Mercury Morris, 1970, averaged
Jim "Crash" Jensen, 1988, was voted NFL Alumni Special Teams Player of the
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