Miami Dolphins At 50: Coaches

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No. 7 – George Wilson

George Wilson Sr. came to the expansion Miami Dolphins with a pretty good resume. He coached the Detroit Lions for eight years, amassed a 53-45-8 record, and won an NFL Championship in 1957.

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  • But the elder Wilson just couldn’t make things work for the brand new team in Miami. He went 15-39-2 in his four seasons as the Dolphins head coach.

    However, Wilson (and GM Charlie Burr) did bring in some good players during his time as coach. For the most part, the foundation of the Super Bowl teams were built by Wilson and his regime. But the man just couldn’t make it work fast enough to save his job.

    Wilson coached his son, George Wilson Jr., during the team’s inaugural year. However, Wilson Jr. would only last that one season before Bob Griese took the reins.

    Until the dark ages came about, Wilson’s tenure included the worst seasons in franchise history. In retrospect he made several great moves that helped the club move in the right direction. He deserves to be higher on this list for that reason but his record is too subpar to ignore.