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1980 Miami Dolphins season
Head Coach Don Shula
Home Field Miami Orange Bowl
Results
Record 8–8
Place 3rd AFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1979 1981

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
1

Regular seasonEdit

The 1980 NFL season would see the Dolphins drop to an 8–8 record, from their 10–6 showing the previous year.

Quarterback Bob Griese, who struggled with leg problems during 1979, lost the starting job to longtime backup Don Strock, but he did poorly in two games, leading the Dolphins to return to Griese for Week 3. In Week 5, however, Griese suffered a career-ending shoulder injury against the Baltimore Colts and was succeeded by David Woodley, a rookie fresh from LSU.

The final game of the season was played against the New York Jets on December 20. NBC tried a novel experiment by broadcasting the game with no commentators, and with none of the players or staff wearing microphones. The effect was to give television viewers the feel of actually being in the stadium. To date, this was the only NFL game ever aired on TV without commentaries. The Jets won by a score of 24–17, costing the Dolphins a chance at a playoff berth.

It was during the Monday Night Football game on December 8, 1980 against the Patriots that Howard Cosell announced that John Lennon has been shot and killed.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7 at Buffalo Bills L 17–7
79,598
2 September 14 Cincinnati Bengals W 17–16
38,322
3 September 21 at Atlanta Falcons W 20–17
55,470
4 September 28 New Orleans Saints W 21–16
40,946
5 October 5 Baltimore Colts L 30–17
50,631
6 October 12 at New England Patriots L 34–0
60,377
7 October 19 Buffalo Bills W 17–14
41,636
8 October 27 at New York Jets L 17–14
53,046
9 November 2 at Oakland Raiders L 16–10
46,378
10 November 9 at Los Angeles Rams W 35–14
62,198
11 November 16 San Francisco 49ers W 17–13
45,135
12 November 20 San Diego Chargers L 27–24
63,013
13 November 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–10
51,384
14 December 8 New England Patriots W 16–13
63,292
15 December 14 at Baltimore Colts W 24–14
30,564
16 December 20 New York Jets L 24–17
41,854

Standings Edit

AFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Buffalo Bills 1150.688320260
New England Patriots 1060.625441325
Miami Dolphins 880.500266305
Baltimore Colts 790.438355387
New York Jets 4120.250302395

Notes and referencesEdit

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