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2015 Miami Dolphins season
Head Coach Joe Philbin (fired on October 5; 1–3 record)
Dan Campbell (interim; 5–7 record)
General Manager Dennis Hickey
Home Field Sun Life Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Place 4th AFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Mike Pouncey, C
Branden Albert, OT
Jarvis Landry, WR
Reshad Jones, SS
Brent Grimes, CB
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2015 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the 50th overall. The Dolphins looked to improve on their 8-8 record from 2014 and return to the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. However, Miami failed to clinch a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive season after a Week 14 loss to the Giants.

The Dolphins entered 2015 with Joe Philbin as their head coach for a fourth season. After the team started 1-3, Philbin was fired by the Dolphins. Dan Campbell, the team's tight ends coach, served as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season and recorded a 5-7 record.

Free agentsEdit

Position Player Tag 2015 Team Notes
QB Matt Moore UFA Miami Dolphins
S Louis Delmas UFA Miami Dolphins
RB Knowshon Moreno UFA
DT Jared Odrick UFA Jacksonville Jaguars
G Daryn Colledge UFA
C Samson Satele UFA
TE Charles Clay UFA Buffalo Bills
S Jimmy Wilson UFA San Diego Chargers
LB Kelvin Sheppard UFA Miami Dolphins
DE Derrick Shelby RFA Miami Dolphins
LB Jonathan Freeny RFA New England Patriots
RB Daniel Thomas UFA Chicago Bears
S Michael Thomas ERFA Miami Dolphins
RB LaMichael James UFA Miami Dolphins
S Jordan Kovacs ERFA Miami Dolphins
CB R.J. Stanford RFA
TE Gerell Robinson ERFA
C Sam Brenner ERFA Miami Dolphins
RB Jerome Messam RFA

2015 draftEdit

2015 Miami Dolphins Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 14 DeVante Parker WR Louisville
2 52 Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
4 114 Jamil Douglas G Arizona State
5 145 Bobby McCain CB Memphis
149 Jay Ajayi RB Boise State
150 Cedric Thompson FS Minnesota
156 Tony Lippett CB Michigan State

Notes

StaffEdit

2015 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Darren Krein
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – David Puloka
  • Sports Science Analyst – Dave Regan

Final rosterEdit

2015 Miami Dolphins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 8 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 at Chicago Bears L 10–27 0–1 Soldier Field Recap
2 August 22 at Carolina Panthers L 30–31 0–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 August 29 Atlanta Falcons W 13–9 1–2 Sun Life Stadium Recap
4 September 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–22 1–3 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 at Washington Redskins W 17–10 1–0 FedExField Recap
2 September 20 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 20–23 1–1 EverBank Field Recap
3 September 27 Buffalo Bills L 14–41 1–2 Sun Life Stadium Recap
4 October 4 New York Jets L 14–27 1–3 Wembley Stadium (London, England) Recap
5 Bye
6 October 18 at Tennessee Titans W 38–10 2–3 Nissan Stadium Recap
7 October 25 Houston Texans W 44–26 3–3 Sun Life Stadium Recap
8 October 29 at New England Patriots L 7–36 3–4 Gillette Stadium Recap
9 November 8 at Buffalo Bills L 17–33 3–5 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
10 November 15 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20–19 4–5 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
11 November 22 Dallas Cowboys L 14–24 4–6 Sun Life Stadium Recap
12 November 29 at New York Jets L 20–38 4–7 MetLife Stadium Recap
13 December 6 Baltimore Ravens W 15–13 5–7 Sun Life Stadium Recap
14 December 14 New York Giants L 24–31 5–8 Sun Life Stadium Recap
15 December 20 at San Diego Chargers L 14–30 5–9 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
16 December 27 Indianapolis Colts L 12–18 5–10 Sun Life Stadium Recap
17 January 3 New England Patriots W 20–10 6–10 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Washington RedskinsEdit

Week One: Miami Dolphins at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 7 0 10

17

Redskins 3 7 0 0

10

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

Game information

First quarter

  • WAS – Kai Forbath 45-yard field goal, Redskins 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 53 yards, 7:21.

Second quarter

Third quarter No scoring Fourth quarter

  • MIA – Andrew Franks 22-yard field goal, Tied 10–10. Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 5:13.
  • MIA – Jarvis Landry 69-yard punt return (Andrew Franks kick), Dolphins 17–10. Drive: 3 plays, -5 yards, 1:12.

Top passers

  • MIA – Ryan Tannehill- 22/34, 236 yards, 2 TDs
  • WAS – Kirk Cousins- 21/31, 196 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTS

Top rushers

  • MIA – Lamar Miller- 13 rushes, 53 yards
  • WAS – Alfred Morris- 25 rushes, 121 yards

Top receivers

  • MIA – Jordan Cameron- 4 receptions, 73 yards
  • WAS – Pierre Garcon- 8 receptions, 74 yards

Top tacklers

  • MIA – Reshad Jones- 12 tackles
  • WAS – DeAngelo Hall- 8 tackles
With the win, the Dolphins started 1-0 for the second straight year.

Week 2: at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Two: Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 10 7 0

20

Jaguars 10 10 0 3

23

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information

First quarter

  • JAX – Allen Robinson 3-yard pass from Blake Bortles (Jason Myers kick), Jaguars 7–0. Drive: 10 plays, 82 yards, 5:39.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 48-yard field goal, Jaguars 7–3. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 2:05.
  • JAX – Jason Myers 27-yard field goal, Jaguars 10–3. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 3:56.

Second quarter

  • MIA – Andrew Franks 41-yard field goal, Jaguars 10–6. Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 4:36.
  • JAX – Allen Robinson 46-yard pass from Blake Bortles (Jason Myers kick), Jaguars 17–6. Drive: 9 plays, 91 yards, 5:05.
  • MIA – Damien Williams 10-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), Jaguars 17–13. Drive: 7 plays, 82 yards, 3:15.
  • JAX – Jason Myers 58-yard field goal, Jaguars 20–13. Drive: 3 plays, 27 yards, 0:18.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Jake Stoneburner 5-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), Tied 20–20. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:32.

Fourth quarter

  • JAX – Jason Myers 28-yard field goal, Jaguars 23–20. Drive: 9 plays, 66 yards, 1:08.

Top passers

  • MIA – Ryan Tannehill – 30/44, 359 yards, 2 TD
  • JAX – Blake Bortles – 18/33, 273 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • MIA – Ryan Tannehill – 3 rushes, 17 yards
  • JAX – T. J. Yeldon – 25 rushes, 70 yards

Top receivers

  • MIA – Jarvis Landry – 8 receptions, 110 yards
  • JAX – Allen Robinson – 6 receptions, 155 yards, 2 TD

Top tacklers

Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers would kick the game winning 28 yard field goal with under 2 minutes left to give the Jags the win.

With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 1-1.

Week 3: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Three: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 14 13 0 14

41

Dolphins 0 0 8 6

14

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 26-yard field goal, Bills 17–0. Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 5:00.
  • BUF – Preston Brown 43-yard interception return (Dan Carpenter kick), Bills 24–0. Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards, 1:15.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 51-yard field goal, Bills 27–0. Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards, 0:42.

Third quarter MIA – Rishard Matthews 21-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Ryan Tannehill to Jarvis Landry for two-point conversion), Bills 27–8. Drive: 6 plays, 56 yards, 3:14. Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Chris Hogan 38-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), Bills 34–8. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:46.
  • MIA – Rishard Matthews 46-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (kick failed), Bills 34–14. Drive: 4 plays, 48 yards, 0:51.
  • BUF – Karlos Williams 41-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), Bills 41–14. Drive: 2 plays, 44 yards, 1:10.

Top passers

  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor – 21/29, 277 yards, 3 TDs
  • MIA – Ryan Tannehill – 26/39, 297 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTS

Top rushers

  • BUF – Karlos Williams – 12 rushes, 110 yards, 1 TD
  • MIA – Jonas Gray – 9 rushes, 49 yards

Top receivers

  • BUF – Charles Clay – 5 receptions, 82 yards, 1 TD
  • MIA – Rishard Matthews – 6 receptions, 113 yards, 2 TDs

Top tacklers

  • BUF – Corey Graham – 12 tackles
  • MIA – Reshad Jones – 9 tackles
Ryan Tannehill would be intercepted 3 times in this game, including a pick 6 by Preston Brown, and the Bills trounced Miami in their home opener 41-14.

With the embarrassing loss, the Dolphins fell to 1-2. This was also the worst home opening defeat in franchise history.

Week 4: vs. New York JetsEdit

NFL International Series

Week Four: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 10 10 7 0

27

Dolphins 0 7 0 7

14

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

  • Date: October 4
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. BST/9:30 a.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 83,986
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NYJ –
  • MIA –

Top rushers

  • NYJ –
  • MIA –

Top receivers

  • NYJ –
  • MIA –

Top tacklers

  • NYJ –
  • MIA –

The Dolphins were considered the home team in the season's first International Series game. They lost dropping them to 1-3 heading into their bye week. A day later, Head Coach Joe Philbin was fired following a 24-28 record with no postseason appearances. Tight Ends Coach Dan Campbell was his replacement serving as an Interim head coach.

Week 6: at Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Six: Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 10 7 7 14

38

Titans 3 0 7 0

10

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 62,342
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • MIA –
  • TEN –

Top rushers

  • MIA –
  • TEN –

Top receivers

  • MIA –
  • TEN –

Top tacklers

  • MIA –
  • TEN –
On a day in which Miami fans traveled well to seemingly outnumber Tennessee fans, the Dolphins would pick up their first win under Dan Campbell.

With the win, Miami improved to 2-3.

Week 7: vs. Houston TexansEdit

Week Seven: Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 0 13 13

26

Dolphins 21 20 0 3

44

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 84 °F (29 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,251
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • HOU –
  • MIA –

Top rushers

  • HOU –
  • MIA –

Top receivers

  • HOU –
  • MIA –

Top tacklers

  • HOU –
  • MIA –

The Dolphins thoroughly dominated the first half, scoring 6 touchdowns for a 41-0 halftime lead.

With the win, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Houston Texans for the first time in franchise history.

Week 8: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week Eight: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 7 0

7

Patriots 7 12 3 14

36

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • MIA –
  • NE –

Top rushers

  • MIA –
  • NE –

Top receivers

  • MIA –
  • NE –

Top tacklers

  • MIA –
  • NE –

The Dolphins travel to New England to take on the undefeated Patriots. The Dolphins looked to end the streak of the Super Bowl champions, but it was too late as Miami struggled offensively and defensively all game.

Cameron Wake left the game with an Achilles tear. The Dolphins later announced that he would miss the rest of the season. He finished the game with two tackles and a sack.

Week 9: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Nine: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 7 7 3

17

Bills 9 10 7 7

33

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: November 8
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C), sunny with some clouds
  • Game attendance: 70,214
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • MIA –
  • BUF –

Top rushers

  • MIA –
  • BUF –

Top receivers

  • MIA –
  • BUF –

Top tacklers

  • MIA –
  • BUF –
With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 3-5 and were swept by Buffalo for the first time since 2013.

Week 10: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Ten: Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 10 0 7

20

Eagles 16 0 0 3

19

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • MIA –
  • PHI –

Top rushers

  • MIA –
  • PHI –

Top receivers

  • MIA –
  • PHI –

Top tacklers

  • MIA –
  • PHI –
The Dolphins would trail 16-3 at one point, but they would come back to beat Philadelphia. Near the end of the game, Reshad Jones intercepted Eagles backup quarterback Mark Sanchez to seal the game.

With the win, Miami improved to 4-5.

Week 11: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Eleven: Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 14 0 10

24

Dolphins 0 7 7 0

14

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • MIA – Kenny Stills 29-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 5:26. Tied 14–14. Drive: 5 plays, 58 yards, 1:53.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Dez Bryant 16-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), 15:00. Cowboys 21–14. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 5:25.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 30-yard field goal, 9:23. Cowboys 24–14. Drive: 7 plays, 10 yards, 4:49.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

Tony Romo would start this game for Dallas, and the Cowboys would snap their 7-game losing streak, while the Dolphins failed to get into any rhythm on offense or defense in the game.

With the tough loss, the Dolphins fell to 4-6.

Week 12: at New York JetsEdit

Week Twelve: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 7 13

20

Jets 7 7 7 17

38

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 78,160
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • MIA –
  • NYJ –

Top rushers

  • MIA –
  • NYJ –

Top receivers

  • MIA –
  • NYJ –

Top tacklers

  • MIA –
  • NYJ –
With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 4-7.

Week 13: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Thirteen: Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 3 7 3

13

Dolphins 0 15 0 0

15

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 64,519
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • BAL –
  • MIA –

Top rushers

  • BAL –
  • MIA –

Top receivers

  • BAL –
  • MIA –

Top tacklers

  • BAL –
  • MIA –
With the win, Miami kept their slim playoff hopes alive, and improved to 5-7.

Week 14: vs. New York GiantsEdit

Week Fourteen: New York Giants at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 14 7 7

31

Dolphins 7 10 7 0

24

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NYG –
  • MIA –

Top rushers

  • NYG –
  • MIA –

Top receivers

  • NYG –
  • MIA –

Top tacklers

  • NYG –
  • MIA –
With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 5-8, and were officially eliminated from playoff contention for the 7th straight year, a franchise record. They also fell to 0-4 all time against the Giants at home.

Week 15: at San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Fifteen: Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 7 7

14

Chargers 6 17 0 7

30

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 20
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), fair
  • Game attendance: 66,676
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker and Scott Kaplan
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • MIA –
  • SD –

Top rushers

  • MIA –
  • SD –

Top receivers

  • MIA –
  • SD –

Top tacklers

  • MIA –
  • SD –
With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 5-9.

Week 16: vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Sixteen: Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 8 7 0 3

18

Dolphins 0 6 3 3

12

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • IND –
  • MIA –

Top rushers

  • IND –
  • MIA –

Top receivers

  • IND –
  • MIA –

Top tacklers

  • IND –
  • MIA –
With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 5-10, and with Buffalo defeating Dallas the same day, they were assured last place in their division.

Week 17: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Seventeen: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 3 7 0

10

Dolphins 3 7 0 10

20

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: January 3, 2016
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 62,918
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NE –
  • MIA –

Top rushers

  • NE –
  • MIA –

Top receivers

  • NE –
  • MIA –

Top tacklers

  • NE –
  • MIA –
With the stunning win, the Dolphins ended their season at 6-10 and kept the Patriots from clinching home field advantage in the AFC Playoffs.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Template:2015 AFC East standings

ConferenceEdit

Template:2015 AFC standings

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:2015 NFL season by team

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