Richmond Webb was a 6'6", 325 lb. tackle from Dallas. He played four seasons of collegiate ball at Texas A & M, for the Aggies. Miami picked him with their first round selection of the 1990 NFL Entry Draft with the ninth overall pick. He wore the number 78 during his time with the Dolphins.
As a rookie, Webb started all 16 games at left tackle, next to fellow rookie Keith Sims. Webb was one of four Dolphins selected to the Pro Bowl following the season, winning UPI's AFC Rookie of the Year Award. Miami's 12-4 record was good enough for a wildcard berth. Miami's offensive line led the NFL with 16 sacks allowed, allowing them to finish the season with an NFL fourth best 3,512 passing yards.
In 1991, Webb missed the first two games of the season with an injury, starting the rest of the season at left tackle. He was one of three Dolphins selected to the Hawaii Pro Bowl. Miami finished in the top quarter of the NFL in most passing offense categories, posting a playoff-less record of 8-8.
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1992 would see Webb start all 16 games at left tackle, earning his third Pro Bowl selection, one of four Miami players. He was also one of six on the All-NFL team, his first such honor. Miami won the AFC East title with an 11-5 record, beating the San Diego Chargers, 31-0 in the Divisional playoff before dropping the AFC Championship, 29-10 against the Buffalo Bills. Miami's passing game placed second in the NFL, with 3,975 yards in the air. The offensive line paced the AFC, allowing 28 sacks on the season.
Webb started each game for Miami at left tackle during the 1993 season, making the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in four seasons. Along with left guard Keith Sims, Webb was one of four to make the team. Miami finished at 9-7, missing the playoffs. Miami's 4,353 passing yards on the season led the NFL, while 27 passing scores led the AFC. 30 sacks allowed on the campaign placed Miami sixth in the NFL (but oddly, only fourth in the AFC East).
Webb was honored for the second time as a member of the All-NFL squad for his 1994 contribution, starting all 16 Miami games at left tackle. He was also selected to his fifth Pro Bowl, one of five Dolphins to make the cut. Miami clinched the AFC East title with a 10-6 record, scoring an AFC best 389 points on the season. Miami paced the NFL with 6,078 total yards, ranking second in the league with 18 sacks allowed and 4,420 passing yards gained. The team was third in the NFL with an 88.8 passer rating and with 31 passing touchdowns.
In 1995, Webb started every game at left tackle, making his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl, one of four Dolphins that season. Miami clinched a wildcard slot with a 9-7 record on the campaign. The scoring offense ranked as the AFC's second best, with 398 points scored. Miami led the AFC with 4,210 passing yards.
1996 would see Webb again start each game at left tackle, garnering his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl bid to start his career, a Miami record. He was the only Dolphin on the team, as Miami floundered to an 8-8 record on the season. Miami ranked second in the NFL with a 88.4 passer rating and led the league with only 11 interceptions thrown.
Webb continued his string of consecutive starts in 1997, for the first time in his career not making the Pro Bowl. Miami posted a 9-7 record on the season, earning a wildcard slot in the postseason hunt. The Dolphin's passing game ranked second in the NFL, with 3,792 yards gained through the air, while the offensive line allowed an NFL second lowest 22 sacks.
Webb started the first eight games of the season at left tackle in 1998, missing seven of the last eight with an assortment of injuries. His consecutive starts streak stands as Miami's all-time record with 118 in a row. Miami finished 10-6, second to the New York Jets. The Dolphins finally exacted some revenge on the Buffalo Bills in the postseason. After falling victim to the Bills on three playoff occasions over the prior eight seasons, Miami earned a 24-17 victory over Buffalo in the wildcard round. The offensive line placed third in the NFL with 24 sacks allowed.
In 1999, Webb started 14 of the 15 games in which he appeared, as Miami posted a 9-7 record, earning their third consecutive wildcard playoff berth. Miami's offense ranked between the middle and the bottom of the NFL in most categories, as quarterback Dan Marino recorded a career low 67.4 passer rating in his last professional season.
2000 would see Webb start each of the 14 games in which he appeared for Miami at left tackle. Miami won the AFC East with an 11-5 record. Pass protection continued to be a strength for the Dolphins, ranking fifth in the NFL with 28 sacks allowed.
Webb would go on to play two more seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before eventually signing a one-day contract to retire as a Dolphin in 2005. In 11 seasons as Miami's left tackle, Webb totalled 163 starts, appearing in 164 overall. He was a seven-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-NFL first team member. He was inducted into the Dolphin's Honor Roll on Christmas Day, 2006. Some say it is just a matter of time before he is selected to be inducted in Canton.
Who is Miami's best ever offensive tackle?
Richmond Webb (2899 votes)
Norm Evans (96 votes)
Jon Giesler (52 votes)
Ronnie Lee (17 votes)
Wayne Moore (24 votes)
Jake Long (1222 votes)
Doug Crusan (16 votes)
Eric Laakso (21 votes)
Vernon Carey (26 votes)
4373 total votes