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Historical Perspective II - 1967-1969

Continuing the Historical Perspective of the Miami Dolphins, the 1967-1969 years would prove pivotal in the development of the young franchise.  After completing their inagural year with a 3&11 record, the Dolphins hoped to improve quickly, looking to rise through the AFL, before the looking merger with the NFL in 1970. 

However, struggles would plague the team throughout the remained of the decade. 

But not everything was doom and gloom for the expansion AFL team.  The team began to build through the draft and with a few key trades.  Soon the team would be competing - and winning - on a level never seen in the NFL - before or since.

Once again I would like to thank miamidolphins.com, wikipedia.org, pro-football-reference.com, nflteamhistory.com, and any other site I may have fogotten in developing this post. Without knowing it, they have given me access to all of the information in this post, along with the previous one and the many more to come. 

1967

            The Dolphins struggles as an expansion franchise continues through the 1967 season.  However, the draft would prove to get the Dolphins the talent needed to build into a world class organization.  On March 14th, the Dolphins made the following picks in the first "Common Draft" between the NFL and the AFL, the first step in the merging of the two leagues:

Rnd

Overall Pick

Name

Position

School

Games Played

Season Stater

All-Pro 1st Team

Pro Bowl

HOF

Remarks

1

4

Bob Griese

QB

Purdue

161

12

2

8

Yes

Number 12 Retired by Miami

2

29

Jim Riley

DE

Oklahoma

68

4

0

No

3

58

Traded to Denver for Cookie Gilchrist

4

84

Bob Greenlee

T

Yale

0

0

0

No

5

110

Traded to Denver for Cookie Gilchrist

5

129

Gary Tucker

RB

Chattanooga

14

0

0

No

From Buffalo for Jack Spikes - Practice Squad 1967

6

138

Bud Norris

TE

Washington State

0

0

0

0

No

7

163

Larry Seiple

TE

Kentucky

150

11

0

0

No

8

186

Traded to Oakland for Bill Cronin

9

216

John Richardson

DT

UCLA

88

5

0

0

No

10

241

Tom Beier

DB

Miami

28

1

0

0

No

11

266

Jack Pyburn

T

Texas A&M

23

0

0

0

No

12

294

Stan Juk

LB

South Carolina

0

0

0

0

No

Entered Medical School

12

295

Jim Whitaker

DB

Missouri

0

0

0

0

No

From Denver for Jerry Oliver - Entered Medical School

13

318

Traded to Buffalo for George Wilson, Jr.

14

344

Charles Stikes

DB

Kent State

0

0

0

0

No

15

372

Jake Ferro

LB

Youngstown State

0

0

0

0

No

16

397

Maurice Calhoun

FB

Central State (Ohio)

0

0

0

0

No

17

422

Larry Kissam

T

Florida State

0

0

0

0

No

Following the draft, the next major even for the Miami franchise took place on June 1, 1967, when Joe Robbie and W.H. Keland purchased Danny Thomas' interest in the team, equalizing all present and future holdings between the two men in the Miami Dolphins, Ltd. Organization. 

During the preseason, Miami played in the first inter-league game between the NFL and AFL.  The Dolphins lost to the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL 27-17 in front of a then record crowd of 50,822.

Miami the opened the season on September 17 against the Denver Broncos in Miami.  The game would prove to be fateful for the Dolphins, as starting Quarterback John Stofa broke his ankle, leading to the introduction of Miami's first round pick, rookie Bob Griese.  The rookie Quarterback would throw for two touchdowns as he led the team to a 35-21 victory.

Although the Dolphins would finish the 1967 season with a 4&10 record, the team did send four players to the Pro Bowl, rookie QB Bob Griese (1st), SE/WR Jack Clancy (1st), Defensive Back Dick Westmoreland (1st), and Linebacker John Bramlett (1st).

SEASON SCHEDULE:

Date

Team

Score

Result

17 September

Denver

35-21

Win

24 September

Kansas City

24-0

Loss

01 October

@ New York Jets

29-7

Loss

08 October

@ Kansas City

41-0

Loss

15 October

@ Boston

41-10

Loss

22 October

New York Jets

33-14

Loss

05 November

@ Buffalo

35-13

Loss

12 November

@ San Diego

24-0

Loss

19 November

@ Oakland

31-17

Loss

26 November

Buffalo

17-14

Win

03 December

@ Houston

17-14

Loss

10 December

San Diego

41-24

Win

17 December

Boston

41-32

Win

23 December

Houston

41-10

Loss

1968

The Dolphins struggles would continue in 1968.  However, as with the year prior, the draft would prove to again provide star talent for the Dolphins.  On January 30th, 1968, the Dolphins drafted:

Rnd

Overall Pick

Name

Position

School

Games Played

Season Stater

All-Pro 1st Team

Pro Bowl

HOF

Remarks

1

8

Larry Csonka

RB

Syracuse

146

11

2

5

Yes

Number 39 Retired by Miami

1

27

Doug Crusan

T

Indiana

82

5

0

0

No

from Cincinnati for John Stofa

2

35

Jimmy Keyes

LB

Mississippi

17

1

0

0

No

2

54

Jim Cox

TE

Miami

13

0

0

0

No

from Cincinnati for John Stofa

3

62

Jim Urbanek

DT

Mississippi

8

0

0

0

No

3

73

Dick Anderson

DB

Colorado

121

7

2

3

No

from San Diego for John Brittenum

4

91

To Denver for John Bramlett

5

118

Jim Kiick

RB

Wyoming

115

5

0

2

No

6

142

Kim Hammond

QB

Florida State

6

0

0

0

No

from Denver in 7-man deal

6

146

Jimmy Hines

WR

Texas Southern

10

0

0

0

No

Taxi Squad

7

172

John Boynton

T

Tennessee

14

0

0

0

No

Taxi Squad

8

200

To NY Jets for Archie Roberts

8

217

Randy Edmunds

LB

Georgia Tech

45

2

0

0

No

from Oakland for Dave Kocourek

9

226

Sam McDowell

T

Southwest Missouri State

0

0

0

0

No

9

240

Tom Paciorek

DB

Houston

0

0

0

0

No

from Houston for Billy Anderson - Played pro baseball

10

253

Joe Mirto

T

Miami

0

0

0

0

No

11

280

Cornelius Cooper

T

Prairie View

0

0

0

0

No

12

307

Paul Paxton

T

Akron

0

0

0

0

No

13

334

Bob Joswick

DE

Tulsa

6

0

0

0

No

14

362

Ray Blunk

TE

Xavier

0

0

0

0

No

15

388

Ken Corbin

LB

Miami

0

0

0

0

No

16

416

Henry Still

DT

Bethune Cookman

0

0

0

0

No

17

442

Bill Nemeth

C

Arizona

0

0

0

0

No

14

362

Ray Blunk

TE

Xavier

0

0

0

0

No

15

388

Ken Corbin

LB

Miami

0

0

0

0

No

16

416

Henry Still

DT

Bethune Cookman

0

0

0

0

No

The Dolphins again faced the NFL in inter-league preseason games, beating the NFL teams for the first time with a 23-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Orange Bowl in Miami on August 17th.  The Dolphins then set the AFL Single Game Attendance Record with 68,125 fans on hand to watch the Dolphins defeat Coach Don Shula's Baltimore Colts in the Orange Bowl on August 31st.

The Dolphins' 5-8-1 season would be highlighted with Rookie SS Dick Anderson's 96 yard interception return for a touchdown in a 34-10 victory over the Boston Patriots in Fenway Park on November 24th.

Bob Griese would continue to develop as the Dolphins starting Quarterback, setting team records with 2,473 yards passing, 186 completions, and 21 touchdowns - all while not playing the final game of the season against the Patriots in Miami due to a bruised knee.

Quarteback Bob Greise (2nd), Running Back Jim Kiick (1st), and Wide Receiver (Flanker and Split End) Karl Noonan (1st) were all named to the 1968 Pro Bowl.

SEASON SCHEDULE:

Date

Team

Score

Result

14 September

Houston

24-10

Loss

21 September

Oakland

42-21

Loss

28 September

Kansas City

48-3

Loss

06 October

@ Houston

24-7

Win

12 October

Buffalo

14-14

Tie

20 October

@ Cincinnati

24-22

Win

27 October

@ Denver

24-21

Loss

03 November

@ San Diego

34-28

Loss

10 November

@ Buffalo

21-17

Win

17 November

Cincinnati

38-21

Loss

24 November

@ Boston

34-10

Win

01 December

@ New York Jets

35-17

Loss

08 December

Boston

38-7

Win

15 December

New York Jets

31-7

Loss

1969

The Miami Dolphins would be busy during the offseason between the 1968 and 1969 seasons.   The January 28-29, 1969 NFL/AFL Common Draft yielded the following for the Dolphins:

Rnd

Overall Pick

Name

Position

School

Games Played

Season Stater

All-Pro 1st Team

Pro Bowl

HOF

Remarks

1

11

Bill Stanfill

DE

Georgia

109

7

1

5

No

2

37

Bob Heinz

DT

Pacific

111

4

0

0

No

3

63

Mercury Morris

RB

West Texas A&M

99

3

0

3

No

4

89

Norm McBride

DE

Utah

10

0

0

0

No

5

115

Willie Pearson

DB

North Carolina A&T

5

0

0

0

No

5

128

Karl Kremser

K

Tennessee

15

1

0

0

No

from Oakland for John Roderick

6

141

Ed Tuck

G

Notre Dame

0

0

0

0

No

7

167

John Egan

C

Boston College

0

0

0

0

No

7

174

John Kulka

C

Penn State

0

0

0

0

No

from San Diego for Tom Erlandson

8

193

Bruce Weinstein

TE

Yale

0

0

0

0

No

9

219

Jesse Powell

LB

West Texas A&M

56

0

0

0

No

10

245

Jim Mertens

TE

Fairmont State

14

0

0

0

No

11

271

Mike Berdis

T

North Dakota State

0

0

0

0

No

12

297

Dale McCullers

LB

Florida State

14

0

0

0

No

13

323

Amos Ayres

DB

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

0

0

0

0

No

14

349

Glenn Thompson

T

Troy State

0

0

0

0

No

15

375

Chick McGeehan

FL

Tennessee

0

0

0

0

No

16

401

Lloyd Mumphord

DB

Texas Southern

122

4

0

0

No

17

427

Tom Krallman

DE

Xavier

0

0

0

0

No

The Dolphins offseason moves continued in March, when they traded QB Kim Hammond and LB John Bramlett to the Boston Patriots for LB Nick Buoniconti. 

The NFL announced on May 10th the new alignment that would take effect the following season.  As the two leagues merged, the Dolphins would be placed in the newly created American Football Conference Eastern Division, along with the Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and the NFL's Baltimore Colts.

Just six days later, the Dolphins ownership again changed, as Joe Robbie and five Miami area businessmen purchased W.H. Keland's interest in the team.  Joe Robbie officially became the majority owner in the team. 

The Dolphins continued their personnel moves on July 2nd when they traded CB Mark Lamb to the San Diego Chargers for G Larry Little.

The 1969 season opened on September 14th with a loss at the Cincinnati Bengals 27 to 21.  However, QB Bob Greise threw for a record 327 yards during the game, and rookie RB Mercury Morris returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown in the loss.

The season would not get much better for the Dolphins, as the finished the year with a 3-10-1 record, leading to the firing of the Dolphins only head coach up to that point, George Wilson.

Guard Larry Little (1st), Defensive End Bill Stanfill (1st), Linebacker Nick Buoniconti (1st), Running Back Jim Kiick (2nd), and Center/Line Backer Tom Goode (1st) were all named to the Pro Bowl, with Buoniconti also being named 1st Team All-Pro.

SEASON SCHEDULE:

Date

Team

Score

Result

14 September

@ Cincinnati

27-21

Loss

20 September

@ Oakland

20-17

Loss

28 September

@ Houston

22-10

Loss

04 October

Oakland

20-20

Tie

11 October

San Diego

21-14

Loss

19 October

@ Kansas City

17-10

Loss

26 October

Buffalo

24-6

Win

02 November

@ New York Jets

34-21

Loss

09 November

@ Boston

17-16

Win

16 November

@ Buffalo

28-3

Loss

23 November

Houston

32-7

Loss

30 November

Boston

38-23

Loss

07 December

Denver

27-24

Win

14 December

New York Jets

27-9

Loss

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