Miami Dolphins At 50: 2000-2005

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January 12th

Rick Spielman is promoted to GM from Senior Vice President football operations and player personnel. Dan Marino is names Senior Vice President of Football Operations

February 3rd

Dan Marino resigns as the teams SVP of FO. He cites the time involved and away from his family as his reasons.

July 25th

With only days until the start of training camp, Ricky Williams tells the Miami Herald he wants to retire. He calls Dave Wannstedt and tells him the same.

July 29th

Ricky Williams loses his appeal for his 2nd failed drug test and it’s made public that he has failed a third test. Williams faces a four game suspension. Williams retires and sits out one year

July 30th

Ricky Williams is placed on the reserve/did not report list

October 10th

Following a pre-game injury to Olindo Mare, Wes Welker steps in as the teams kicker and connects on a 29 yard field goal and one PAT. Welker would kick-off, return punts, return kicks, and kick field-goals. He is the first person in NFL history to do all five in one game. He earned ST player of the week awards despite the teams loss.

November 9th

Dave Wannstedt announces he is resigning as the Dolphins head coach during the teams bye week. Defensive coordinator Jim Bates becomes the teams interim head coach.

November 21st

Jim Bates loses his first game as head coach and the Dolphins drop to 1-9. They finish the season 4-12 the lowest win total since 1969

December 25th

After a long courtship Wayne Huizenga convinces LSU coach Nick Saban to become the Dolphins fourth full time head coach (not including Bates). Saban announces that he will accept the position at an event in Orlando surrounding this teams bowl game against Iowa

December 27th

Nick Saban signs a five year contract to be Miami’s head coach. All of the contract is fully guaranteed

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Dec 6, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban during the 2014 SEC Championship Game against the Missouri Tigers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports.


January 10th

In what will seem like an annual event, the Dolphins change the name of Pro-Player Stadium to Dolphins Stadium. Nick Saban begins dismantling the coaching staff and adding his own staff to the team.

January 19th

Scott Linehan is named the teams new offensive coordinator

February 2nd

Jason Garrett is named the quarterbacks coach. Garrett spent the last six games of his 12 year playing career as a Miami Dolphin and is the current head coach of the Dallas Cowboys

February 5th

Dan Marino is elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility


Ricky Williams is reinstated by the league. He is told by the NFL that he will need to serve a four game suspension for previous failed drug tests. It’s rumored that Nick Saban had a huge influence on Williams returning to the NFL and the Dolphins. As part of his reinstatement Williams is subject to as many as 10 random drug tests per month for the remainder of his career.

June 3rd

Rick Spielman announces that he is leaving the team

June 6th

Randy Mueller is named the teams GM

June 8th

Tim Bowens is released as a waived/failed physical designee. He will be able to retire a Dolphin. Bowens is the last player to have played for Don Shula.

June 9th

Richmond Webb signs a one day contract allowing him to retire officially from the NFL as a Miami Dolphin

August 7th

Dan Marino stood in front of thousands, including myself, on a hot summer August day in Canton, Oh. as  he was enshrined in the Pro-Football Hall of Fame. Owner Wayne Huizenga flies team employees and their families from Miami to Canton to witness the ceremonies.

November 2nd

The Gallery Of Legends makes its debut at Dolphins Stadium

December 4th

The Dolphins rally from 21 points at half-time to beat the Bills. The Dolphins score 21 points in the 4th quarter. It’s the 2nd largest comeback in team history

December 21st

Zach Thomas, Chris Chambers, and Jason Taylor are named to the Pro-Bowl team


Ricky Williams rushes for 700 yards on the season while splitting time with Ronnie Brown. He does however fail his fourth drug test.