Some of the worst Miami Dolphins football was played in the late 1960s but they don’t count.
We could look back to 1966, ’67, ’68, and ’69 teams and wrap up our top, or bottom five list but does anyone fault a team for being bad when they are an expansion franchise? In 1966 the Dolphins were born, they won three games that year and in 1967, they won four.
I don’t consider those two seasons bad teams, again, expansion team, but in 1968, the Dolphins won five games and tied another, they looked to be trending in the right direction. In 1969 the Dolphins regressed to a three-win season with another tie. They did this with several future Hall of Fame players on the roster.
Bob Griese, Larry Little, Paul Warfield, Nick Buoniconti, and Larry Csonka were all on the roster as were Dick Anderson, Jim Kiick, Mercury Morris, Bill Stanfill, and Manny Fernandez.
The Dolphins failed to improve and again, they fell backward. It is a good thing though, Miami may not have hired Don Shula in the off-season following the ’69 season if the Dolphins were great.
Despite the fact that this is one of the worst teams in franchise history, we can look at it as a coaching problem. This team was loaded with talent which is why it is amazing they only won four three games.