Worst Moment In Dolphins History Is…

unkownThe new look Miami Dolphins are a new look franchise.  From a new 50 percent owner to the new offensive lineman and special teamers.  For the first time in it’s history the Miami Dolphins are in the process of a total rebuild, one of the very last franchises in all of professional sports to go through one, and the very last in the NFL.

While the Dolphins attempt to write a ship that began sinking almost a decade ago, we asked, the fans, what was the worst moment in Dolphins history? 

From a snow plow game in wintry New England, to a flailing last second completion by the Raiders, Cam Cameron, a Super Bowl loss, and Dave Wannstedt

The votes are in and the winner is, or loser, Dave Wannstedt.

Game Day Prediction

  • Miami Wins by less than 6 (52%, 57 Votes)
  • Miami Wins by more than 10 (27%, 30 Votes)
  • I'm just glad football is back...ie..don't want to jinx it (12%, 13 Votes)
  • Miami Wins because I am a homer (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Buffalo Wins...I'm a realist (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 110

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Hired by Wayne Huizenga in an attempt to keep Jimmy Johnson as the Phins HC, Dave Wannstedt was the “heir apparent”.  Dave was handed the keys following the JJ resignation, which followed a blowout loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs.  Wannstedt was not only the head coach, but a first time general manager as well.

Within a month of his hire, the Dolphins faithful got a glimpse of what was to come when he told Dan Marino that he was not guaranteed a roster spot and gave his approval to seek a trade.  Dave had chosen to move on without Dan Marino, forcing the iconic QB into retirement. 

The lasting impression of the Dave Wannstedt era can still be felt today.  A look around the Miami Dolphins training center will show you only a splattering of faces that were brought in by the coach. 

No QB on the roster from his tenure, only 2 drafted players remain from his years and one of those was a Rick Speilman draft pick.  Ricky Williams is back, but his career in Miami is far from spectacular despite the RB’s athleticism.

All in all, despite long seasons without Super Bowl appearances, losses in the tight playoff games, and sometimes early exits, the Dolphins were always competitive.  When the Jimmy Johnson fingerprint began to wear off the Phins, Dave Wannstedts coaching inability and bad decision making led the team in a downward spiral that has left fans waiting, even today, to be turned around.

In all of the moments in Dolphins history, no one single event had more of an affect on this team then the hiring of Dave Wannstedt.  While some argued that a Super Bowl loss is, was, and always will be a bad moment, the ramifications and the lingering effects last only a season or two after.  A bad coach, a worse GM, and arguably the worst hire in history, Dave Wannsted alone had more to do with these Fins today, than any moment in history.  That is why he won so handedly.


Tags: Dan Marino Dave Wannstedt Jimmy Johnson Miami Dolphins Ricky Williams

  • http://www.miamidolphins.co.uk Shady

    That guy is so hated at my board we’ve censored his surname so it only shows up as ******** !!! :D

    Good choice for a$$hat of the millenium for sure.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    LMAO… you will notice that in a lot of my blogs about him, I refer to his entire tenure here as “The Dark Ages”.  I would just assume that the Phins black out that entire history….LOL

  • http://www.miamidolphins.co.uk Shady

    Perhaps we could organise a purge and just have all record of that period in Phin history destroyed ;)

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    That would be fine with me…:)

  • nasrdamus

    hey i don’t know about you guys but I’d put Randy Mueller on the list too…he’s made some horrible trades that i believe ruined the team anyone agree?

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Nas:  I wouldn’t.  Personally I thought the Chambers trade was a good move and if Satele continues to get better and sticks…it would a really good trade IMO.  As for the Welker move…well, I still think that the Phins would have got stuck paying a guaranteed payout of 30 million for him with the poison pill that they Pats would have used.  Getting a 2 for him was a solid trade considering the underlying circumstances surrounding it that many fans still don’t want to look at.  Now, in terms of Beck and Ginn over Quinn…that is obviously a bad blow, but in reality, Mueller had one year of drafting while Wannstedt had 5….Muellers draft is not looking too good, but at least their are still a few left over.

  • nasrdamus

    ya i guess you’re right, you know when things go bad and couldn’t get any worse seeing those guys leave was just unreal at the time. but now if you look at it that way..make sense.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Yeah, especially when one of those guys you have to see twice a year with a divisional rival.  If the wheels fall off this year, we will be saying the same thing about letting JT and ZT go as well.  Unfortunately, it’s what happens when you tear down to build up.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yeah, well he was one hell of a d-coodinator. we won a couple of bowls with him????? kiss my ass

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    too bad we don’t play you pricks this year we could use 2 bye weeks

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    No one ever said he wasn’t a good DC…but hey, he ruined Chicago for years, ruined Miami for years, all because playdough head wanted a girlfriend on the staff.