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Miami Dolphins At 50: 2006-2009

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Jason Taylor stretches before a game – photo by Brian Miller

2008

January 2nd

Jeff Ireland is hired as the teams new GM

January 3rd

Cam Cameron couldn’t so he was fired. He was joined by all but two of his staff

January 16th

Tony Sparano is named the teams new head coach becoming the 8th head coach in Dolphins history and sixth head coach since Don Shula retired. Including interim head coach Jim Bates.

February 3rd

Jason Taylor wins the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

February 22nd

Wayne Huizenga announces that Stephen Ross has purchased a 50% partnership in the stadium, team, and surrounding developmental land. On March 31st the owners unanimously approve the 50% sale.

April 22nd

For the first time in team history the Dolphins own the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. They select offensive tackle Jake Long over quarterback Matt Ryan. They sign the left tackle four days before the start of the draft.

July 28th

Long time defensive end Jason Taylor is traded to the Washington Redskins. Taylor was not a fan of newcomer Bill Parcells and vice versa. The Dolphins received a 2nd round pick and 6th round pick in the trade. Taylor would come back to Miami three seasons later.

September 21st

The Dolphins snap a 19 game regular season losing streak to the New England Patriots. In the game the Dolphins unveiled their new “Wild Cat” package and would use the package the duration of the season in route to an 11 win season.

December 7th

The Dolphins and Bill play the first ever regular season game in Canada. The Bills optioned one home game per season to be played in Toronto. The Dolphins won.

December 21st

The Dolphins total 403 yards of total offense in a win at Kansas City. The lead changed seven times and the temperature was 10* at kick-off making it the coldest game ever in Dolphins history

December 28th

With a win against the Jets in New York, the Dolphins improve to 11-5 on the season tying the team with the 1999 Colts for the largest turnaround in NFL history from the previous year. 1-15 to 11-5. The Dolphins win the AFC East and will face the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs.

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2009

January 4th

The Dolphins lose 27-9 to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the playoffs. It was Miami’s last playoff appearance.

January 20th

The team announces that Wayne Huizenga has sold 45% of his ownership to Stephen Ross. Ross now owns 95% of the Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium as well as 50% of the developing surrounding land.

May 3rd

Mike Dee becomes the teams new CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Dolphins Stadium

May 8th

The Dolphins and Jimmy Buffett announce that Dolphin Stadium will be renamed LandShark Stadium and that the teams new fight song will be a re-written version of Buffet’s FINS.

June 25th

Stephen Ross announces Emilio Estevez and Gloria Estephan will become limited partners in the team and stadium.

July 21st

Ross announces that Marc Anthony will become a limited partner in the team

August 7th

The Dolphins announce that artist Romero Britto will have his iconic South Florida work displayed at the stadium. The four corner helixes will display Britto’s work as well.

August 25th

Venus and Serena Williams joins the Dolphins limited partnership group. The Dolphins would later add singer Fergie to the list of limited celebrity partners on October 13th

September 21st

For the first time since a Thursday night opener in 1981 the Dolphins open the season at home for a primetime Monday Night Football game. It’s the first time the Dolphins have opened at home on MNF since 1975

December 20th

Ricky Williams rushes for 80 yards and eclipses the 1,000 yard mark. He becomes the first running back to go six years between 1,000 yard seasons in the NFL.