2015 Miami Dolphins season

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
2015 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Joe Philbin (fired on October 5; 1–3 record)
Dan Campbell (interim; 5–7 record)
General manager Dennis Hickey
Owner Stephen M. Ross
Home field Sun Life Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Mike Pouncey, C
Branden Albert, OT
Jarvis Landry, WR
Reshad Jones, SS
Brent Grimes, CB
Uniform
Miamidolphins uniforms13.png

The 2015 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the 50th overall. The Dolphins look to improve on their 8-8 record from 2014 and return to the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. However Miami failed to clinch a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive season after a Week 14 loss to the Giants.

The Dolphins entered 2015 with Joe Philbin as their head coach for a fourth season. After the team started 1-3, Philbin was fired by the Dolphins. The team was currently being led by Dan Campbell, the team's tight ends coach who is performing the duty on an interim basis.

Free agents

Position Player Tag 2015 Team Notes
QB Matt Moore UFA Miami Dolphins
S Louis Delmas UFA Miami Dolphins
RB Knowshon Moreno UFA
DT Jared Odrick UFA Jacksonville Jaguars
G Daryn Colledge UFA
C Samson Satele UFA
TE Charles Clay UFA Buffalo Bills
S Jimmy Wilson UFA San Diego Chargers
LB Kelvin Sheppard UFA Miami Dolphins
DE Derrick Shelby RFA Miami Dolphins
LB Jonathan Freeny RFA New England Patriots
RB Daniel Thomas UFA Chicago Bears
S Michael Thomas ERFA Miami Dolphins
RB LaMichael James UFA Miami Dolphins
S Jordan Kovacs ERFA Miami Dolphins
CB R.J. Stanford RFA
TE Gerell Robinson ERFA
C Sam Brenner ERFA Miami Dolphins
RB Jerome Messam RFA

2015 draft

2015 Miami Dolphins Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 14 DeVante Parker WR Louisville
2 52 Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
4 114 Jamil Douglas G Arizona State
5 145 Bobby McCain CB Memphis
149 Jay Ajayi RB Boise State
150 Cedric Thompson FS Minnesota
156 Tony Lippett CB Michigan State
Notes

Staff

2015 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Darren Krein
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – David Puloka
  • Sports Science Analyst – Dave Regan

Final roster

2015 Miami Dolphins final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 8 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 at Chicago Bears L 10–27 0–1 Soldier Field Recap
2 August 22 at Carolina Panthers L 30–31 0–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 August 29 Atlanta Falcons W 13–9 1–2 Sun Life Stadium Recap
4 September 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–22 1–3 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 at Washington Redskins W 17–10 1–0 FedEx Field Recap
2 September 20 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 20–23 1–1 EverBank Field Recap
3 September 27 Buffalo Bills L 14–41 1–2 Sun Life Stadium Recap
4 October 4 New York Jets L 14–27 1–3 Wembley Stadium (London, England) Recap
5 Bye
6 October 18 at Tennessee Titans W 38–10 2–3 Nissan Stadium Recap
7 October 25 Houston Texans W 44–26 3–3 Sun Life Stadium Recap
8 October 29 at New England Patriots L 7–36 3–4 Gillette Stadium Recap
9 November 8 at Buffalo Bills L 17–33 3–5 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
10 November 15 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20–19 4–5 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
11 November 22 Dallas Cowboys L 14–24 4–6 Sun Life Stadium Recap
12 November 29 at New York Jets L 20–38 4–7 MetLife Stadium Recap
13 December 6 Baltimore Ravens W 15–13 5–7 Sun Life Stadium Recap
14 December 14 New York Giants L 24–31 5–8 Sun Life Stadium Recap
15 December 20 at San Diego Chargers L 14–30 5–9 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
16 December 27 Indianapolis Colts L 12–18 5–10 Sun Life Stadium Recap
17 January 3 New England Patriots W 20–10 6–10 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Washington Redskins

Week One: Miami Dolphins at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 7 0 10 17
Redskins 3 7 0 0 10

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • WAS –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • WAS –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • WAS –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • WAS –

Week 2: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week Two: Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 10 7 0 20
Jaguars 10 10 0 3 23

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information
First quarter
  • JAX – Allen Robinson 3-yard pass from Blake Bortles (Jason Myers kick), Jaguars 7–0. Drive: 10 plays, 82 yards, 5:39.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 48-yard field goal, Jaguars 7–3. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 2:05.
  • JAX – Jason Myers 27-yard field goal, Jaguars 10–3. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 3:56.
Second quarter
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 41-yard field goal, Jaguars 10–6. Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 4:36.
  • JAX – Allen Robinson 46-yard pass from Blake Bortles (Jason Myers kick), Jaguars 17–6. Drive: 9 plays, 91 yards, 5:05.
  • MIA – Damien Williams 10-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), Jaguars 17–13. Drive: 7 plays, 82 yards, 3:15.
  • JAX – Jason Myers 58-yard field goal, Jaguars 20–13. Drive: 3 plays, 27 yards, 0:18.
Third quarter
  • MIA – Jake Stoneburner 5-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), Tied 20–20. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:32.
Fourth quarter
  • JAX – Jason Myers 28-yard field goal, Jaguars 23–20. Drive: 9 plays, 66 yards, 1:08.
Top passers
  • MIA – Ryan Tannehill – 30/44, 359 yards, 2 TD
  • JAX – Blake Bortles – 18/33, 273 yards, 2 TD
Top rushers
  • MIA – Ryan Tannehill – 3 rushes, 17 yards
  • JAX – T.J. Yeldon – 25 rushes, 70 yards
Top receivers
  • MIA – Jarvis Landry – 8 receptions, 110 yards
  • JAX – Allen Robinson – 6 receptions, 155 yards, 2 TD
Top tacklers

Week 3: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week Three: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 14 13 0 14 41
Dolphins 0 0 8 6 14

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –

Week 4: vs. New York Jets

NFL International Series
Week Four: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 10 10 7 0 27
Dolphins 0 7 0 7 14

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

  • Date: October 4
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. BST/9:30 a.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 83,986
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –

The Dolphins were considered the home team in the season's first International Series game. They lost dropping them to 1-3 heading into their bye week. A day later, Head Coach Joe Philbin was fired following a 24-28 record with no postseason appearances. Tight Ends Coach Dan Campbell was his replacement serving as an Interim head coach.

Week 6: at Tennessee Titans

Week Six: Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 10 7 7 14 38
Titans 3 0 7 0 10

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 62,342
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • TEN –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • TEN –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • TEN –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • TEN –

Week 7: vs. Houston Texans

Week Seven: Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 0 13 13 26
Dolphins 21 20 0 3 44

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 84 °F (29 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,251
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • HOU –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • HOU –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • HOU –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • HOU –
  • MIA –

With the win, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Houston Texans for the first time in franchise history.

Week 8: at New England Patriots

Week Eight: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 7 0 7
Patriots 7 12 3 14 36

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • NE –

The Dolphins travel to New England to take on the undefeated Patriots. The Dolphins looked to end the streak of the Super Bowl champions, but it was too late as Miami struggled offensively and defensively all game.

Cameron Wake left the game with an Achilles tear. The Dolphins later announced that he would miss the rest of the season. He finished the game with two tackles and a sack.

Week 9: at Buffalo Bills

Week Nine: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 7 7 0 14
Bills 9 10 7 0 26

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: November 8
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C), sunny with some clouds
  • Game attendance: 70,214
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –

Week 10: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week Ten: Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 10 0 7 20
Eagles 16 0 0 3 19

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • PHI –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • PHI –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • PHI –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • PHI –

Week 11: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week Eleven: Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 14 0 10 24
Dolphins 0 7 7 0 14

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • MIA –

Week 12: at New York Jets

Week Twelve: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 7 13 20
Jets 7 7 7 17 38

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 78,160
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –

Week 13: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week Thirteen: Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 3 7 3 13
Dolphins 0 15 0 0 15

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 64,519
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BAL –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • BAL –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • BAL –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • BAL –
  • MIA –

Week 14: vs. New York Giants

Week Fourteen: New York Giants at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 14 7 7 31
Dolphins 7 10 7 0 24

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYG –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • NYG –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • NYG –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • NYG –
  • MIA –

Week 15: at San Diego Chargers

Week Fifteen: Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 7 7 14
Chargers 6 17 0 7 30

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 20
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), fair
  • Game attendance: 66,676
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker and Scott Kaplan
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • SD –

Week 16: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week Sixteen: Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 8 7 0 3 18
Dolphins 0 6 3 3 12

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • MIA –

Week 17: vs. New England Patriots

Week Seventeen: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 3 7 0 10
Dolphins 3 7 0 10 20

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: January 3, 2016
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 62,918
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • MIA –

Standings

Division

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) New England Patriots 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 465 315 L2
New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 387 314 L1
Buffalo Bills 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 379 359 W2
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 310 389 W1

Conference

AFC
# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division Leaders
1[lower-alpha 1] Denver Broncos West 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 .500 .479 W2
2[lower-alpha 1] New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 .473 .448 L2
3[lower-alpha 1] Cincinnati Bengals North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 .477 .406 W1
4 Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .496 .410 W3
Wild Cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 5–1 10–2 .496 .432 W10
6[lower-alpha 2] Pittsburgh Steelers North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .504 .463 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[lower-alpha 2] New York Jets East 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .441 .388 L1
8[lower-alpha 3] Buffalo Bills East 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 .508 .438 W2
9[lower-alpha 3] Indianapolis Colts South 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 .500 .406 W2
10 Oakland Raiders West 7 9 0 .438 3–3 7–5 .512 .366 L1
11 Miami Dolphins East 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 .469 .469 W2
12[lower-alpha 3] Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 .473 .375 L3
13[lower-alpha 3] Baltimore Ravens North 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 .508 .425 L1
14 San Diego Chargers West 4 12 0 .250 0–6 3–9 .527 .328 L2
15[lower-alpha 3] Cleveland Browns North 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 .531 .271 L3
16[lower-alpha 3] Tennessee Titans South 3 13 0 .188 1–5 1–11 .492 .375 L4
Tiebreakers[lower-alpha 4]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Denver finished ahead of New England and Cincinnati for the No. 1 seed based on head-to-head sweep. New England finished ahead of Cincinnati for the No. 2 seed based on record vs. common opponents — New England's cumulative record against Buffalo, Denver, Houston and Pittsburgh was 4–1, while Cincinnati's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pittsburgh finished ahead of the New York Jets for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Pittsburgh's cumulative record against Cleveland, Indianapolis, New England and Oakland was 4–1, while the Jets' cumulative record against the same four teams was 3–2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 The tiebreaker was based on head-to-head victory.
  4. When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

External links