Published On: Jan 20 2012 11:47:23 AM ESTUpdated On: Jan 20 2012 06:36:32 PM EST
GEORGE WILSON is long-forgotten, but he was the first coach in Miami Dolphins history. Wilson guided the expansion team in its first 4 seasons and amassed a less-than-stellar 15-39-2 record.
All DON SHULA did in his 26 seasons as Dolphins head coach was win a record 347 games, two Super Bowls, five AFC championships and a Pro Football Hall of Fame jacket. That's all.
JIMMY JOHNSON was supposed to return the Dolphins to glory. Instead, JJ led Miami through four seasons of mediocre and inconsistent football.
There may not be a nicer man in the NFL than Dave Wannstedt. Unfortunately, nice guys don't win in the NFL and Wannstedt didn't win enough in his 5 seasons with the Dolphins, guiding the team to a 42-31 record during his tenure.
A player favorite, JIM BATES was named interim head coach after Wannstedt was sacked in 2004. The team's defensive coordinator led Miami to a 3-4 record during his short time in the big office.
NICK SABAN was the "big get" as far as head coaches go, but "The Nicktator" ended up being a big pain in the neck that couldn't handle life in the NFL. In his brief two seasons with the Dolphins, Saban failed to make the playoffs and eventually fled to Alabama.
CAM CAMERON'S offensive genius was supposed to lead the Dolphins into a new era of high-octane football. Instead, he, Ted Ginn and Ted Ginn's family won just a single game in his lone season as head coach.
Newly-minted football czar Bill Parcells chose his disciple, TONY SPARANO, as the Dolphins new head coach. But after initial success, Sparano's conservative game plans doomed the team to mediocrity at best and he was fired with three games remaining in the 2011 season.
TODD BOWLES replaced Sparano on an interim basis and put up a winning 2-1 record in his three games as head coach. But as well-respected as he is in the NFL, Bowles was never a top candidate as it seemed that owner Stephen Ross wanted to look outside the organization for his new head coach.