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2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS SCHEDULE


PRESEASON
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REGULAR SEASON
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BYE WEEK
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at FALCONS
at BUCCANEERS
COWBOYS
RAMS
PATRIOTS
at BILLS
CHIEFS
at RAIDERS (LONDON, ENG.)

L, 10-16
W, 20-14
W, 25-20
W, 14-13
W, 33-20
L, 10-29
L, 15-34
W, 38-14

PACKERS
L, 24-27
at BEARS
W, 27-14
at JAGUARS
W, 27-13
CHARGERS
W, 37-0
at LIONS
L, 16-20
BILLS
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at BRONCOS*
at JETS
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VIKINGS*
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Editor: Scott Stone


Editorial Contributors: Alain Poupart, Andy
Cohen, Harvey Greene, Jason Jenkins,
Fitz Ollison, Theresa Manahan, Hank Nathan,
Brian Coyle, Michael Farnham
Director of Photography: Jon Willey
Team Photographers: Denis Bancroft, Dave
Cross, Ben Dickmann, Nancy Kerrigan,
Peter McMahon, Jose Pinerio

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VOLUME 49 NUMBER 7
Game Plan
Game Facts ..........................................9
Dolphins Ready for Prime Time ........11

Cover Photo by: Dave Cross


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Todays Groups ..................................16


Quick Hitters ......................................19
Connections ......................................20
Todays Matchup ................................23

Publisher: Tom Curtis

The Last Time ....................................25

General Manager: Andy Cohen

Pictorial: Dolphins Fans......................26

Creative Director: Armando Mato


Associate Editor: Alain Poupart
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Game Day
Head Coachs Corner ........................28
Dolphins Ownership ..........................30
Dolphins Management ......................31
Dolphins Coaching Staff ....................32
Dolphins Head Shots ........................36
Dolphins Roster..................................45
Depth Charts......................................46
Bills Roster..........................................49
Bills Head Shots ................................50

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President: Terry Columbus

Finsiders Focus ........................................62

Cheerleader of the Game ......................74


Dolphins Top 10 ......................................77

VP of Sales: Karen Brownstein

History: Military Ties ................................82

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My Generation ........................................86

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The Last Word ........................................90

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GAME PLAN
Date: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 | Time: 8:25 p.m. | Site: Sun Life Stadium | Television: CBS
Radio: WBGG (105.9 FM), WINZ (940 AM)
Jimmy Cefalo, play-by-play; Bob Griese, Joe Rose, analysis; Keith Sims, sidelines
WQBA (1140 AM, Spanish language) Raul Striker Jr., Roly Martin

GAME FACTS
Series record: Dolphins lead 57-43-1
Last meeting: 2014 at Buffalo; Bills 29, Dolphins 10
Dolphins largest margin of victory
38 1970 at Miami; Dolphins 45, Bills 7
Bills largest margin of victory: 34 1966 at
Buffalo; Bills 58, Dolphins 24
Current series streak: Bills have won the last
three meetings

STUDENTS OF THE WEEK


Equestrian Trails Elementary School
Gianna Della Pietra
Everglades Elementary School
Max Buonoma
Emerald Cove Middle School
Dylan Holtzclaw
Palm Beach Central High School
Lindsey Placius

Dolphins longest win streak: 20 (1970-79)

Hallandale Adult Community Center

Bills longest win streak: 6 (1987-89)

Maynard Vincent

Sponsor of the Game: Bank of America


National Anthem: Army Sergeant Corrin
Campbell, a combat veteran of the 1st Cavalry
Division and the featured recording artist of Army
Musical Outreach of Fort Knox, Ky.
Flag: 200 United States veterans and 200 active military
Colors Presented By: The United States
Southern Commands Joint Service Color Guard
Pregame Activities: Cheerleader Performance
and pregame laser and fireworks show
Halftime Entertainment: United States Air Force
Honor Guard Drill Team, United States Armys
Golden Knights Parachute Team, and a live salute
with troops in Afghanistan
Everyday Hero: Major General Wayne Jackson,
Captain William Arcuri
Alumni Captains: Lousaka Polie, Twan Russell
Game officials
Referee Walt Coleman (65); Umpire Bill Schuster
(129); Head Linesman Jerry Bergman (91);
Line Judge Mike Spanier (90); Field Judge
Greg Gautreaux (80); Side Judge Michael Banks
(72); Back Judge Rich Martinez (39); Replay
Official Lou Nazzaro; Replay Assistant
Brian LoPinto

Lauderdale Lakes Middle School


Terrance Session
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
Tavarick Walker
South Broward High School
Angie Ruiz
Tamarac Elementary School
Brock Hanson
J.P. Taravella High School
Jawanza Evans-Morris
Florida City Elementary School
Tyler Mirre
Gratigny Elementary School
Samir Rodriguez
Jesse J. McCrary Jr. Elementary School
Bershnica Louis
North Dade Middle School
Meia Chambers
Palm Springs North Elementary School
Zachary Bueno
Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center
Roman Gary
Miami Springs Senior High School
Johan Gallardo
Jose de Diego Middle School
Marquise Hardrick

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NIGHT VISION

Dolphins ready
to put on a show
in prime time

By ALAIN POUPART

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Its always fun to go out there and know that youre


the only show in town and maybe certain people who dont
normally get to watch you will be watching. Even with that, at the end
of the day, its still just a football game, whether its 1 in the morning,
2 in the morning, nobody is watching, everybody is watching.
Usually the rules are still the same: win.
CAMERON WAKE

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Two of the most memorable plays of the


2013 NFL season came courtesy of the
Miami Dolphins, and they happened in the
same game. One was a thrilling 94-yard
interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Brent Grimes that left him so
exhausted he laid sprawled on his back in
the end zone after tumbling across the goal
line. The other, of course, was Cameron
Wakes sack of quarterback Andy Dalton in
the end zone in overtime, which was only
the third walk-off safety in NFL history.
What helped make the plays even more
memorable was the fact that they were
authored in prime time for a whole national
television audience to see, as both came in
the Dolphins 22-20 victory against the
Cincinnati Bengals at Sun Life Stadium last
Halloween night.
The Dolphins are back at Sun Life
Stadium for another Thursday night game,
and any fan can only hope to see that kind
of magic again.
Tonight marks the 10th time in franchise
history the Dolphins will play a Thursday
night game and the seventh time the game
will be played in Miami.
Its the first of two scheduled prime-time
games for the Dolphins the other is
Monday, Dec. 1 against the New York Jets at
MetLife Stadium. On those two nights, the
Dolphins will be the only NFL game going
on.
Those are huge, defensive tackle Earl
Mitchell said. You get an opportunity to
play on the main stage. A lot of people are
watching you. Its great, especially when you
make those plays. You know a lot of people
are watching. A lot of teams are watching
because theyre not playing. Its definitely
huge when you make those plays. Its definitely nice.
Wide receiver Rishard Matthews can
attest to that. He had the biggest game of
his three-year NFL career last season in a

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Monday night game against the Tampa Bay


Buccaneers when he caught 11 passes for
120 yards and two touchdowns.
It was a coming-out party for Matthews
and the only thing that would have made
the night perfect would have been a
Dolphins victory.
Its real nice, Matthews said. Were
the only people playing at night and just (to)
get recognition, not only for myself but also
for the team (was great). Unfortunately we
didnt get the W. This time hopefully we get
the W when everybody is watching.
Wake insisted that his preparation for a
night game doesnt change one bit, but he
did admit there was something special
about having his big play on Halloween
night 2013 seen by a national audience.
True, but it didnt change my approach
to the game, he said. Its just more fun, I
guess, with that in the back of your mind,
but its not something I really focus on how
many fans are here or not here, how many
people are cheering for us, against us. Im
like, theres a guy across from me, hes in my
way, 2 oclock, 1 oclock, everybody is watching, nobody is watching, prime time,
Thursday night, Monday night, Sunday
night, doesnt matter. Whoop his (butt).

Heres what some other Dolphins


players had to say about playing
in prime-time games:
G Daryn Colledge: I think everybody
likes prime-time games. I think everybody
wants that spotlight once. The 1 oclock
games are fun. I dont think Id want to play
a prime-time game every single week, but
theyre the ones that you kind of circle on
the calendar each year and say, OK, when is
my Thursday night game? When is my
Monday Night Football game? Because

See PRIME TIME, page 14


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Lamar Miller (26) rushed for 105 yards and


Brent Grimes (21) had a spectacular touchdown
the last time the Dolphins had a Thursday night
game at Sun Life Stadium, last years Halloween
victory against Cincinnati.

PRIME TIME, from page 13


those are the chance when you know that all
the eyes and all the cameras are on us.
DT Jared Odrick: Every game is a
prime-time game, but when you play at
night and youre one of only two teams
playing, its a larger and higher platform.
Everything is out there. The whole country
is watching you. Its another opportunity.
The prime-time games are huge opportunities to put yourself out there and let the
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world know how hard youve been working


as a team and let yourself shine and all
your hard work pay off. I really feel like its
no bigger than any other game, but the
thing is more people see you. It has no
more effect on your win-loss category. A
loss is a loss and a win is a win. Its just
more opportunity to show your work, show
everything thats been done as a team collectively.

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PA Graduate Program
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Bolles, Matthew
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Bousquet, John
Brass Monkey Tavern
Brimm, Wilbert
Brothers, Michael
Brotherton, Laura
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Brew Pub
Buffalo Chips Restaurant
Bujalski, Joseph
Bukaty, Daniel E.
Bullis, Scott
Burney, Cedric
Caesar, Gregg
Camacho, Frank
CanAm Golf
Caplan, Michael
Caram, Waldo
Carlson, Troy
Carmona, Mike
Carrier, Hunter
Castillo, Otniel
Castro-Nickerson, Ana
CBS Television Stations, Inc.
Christ Covenant Church
Cid, Elizabeth

Cigna Corporate Services, LLC


Circus Bar
Citius Athletic Club Miami
City of Coconut Creek
City of Port St. Lucie
City of Sweetwater
Coast Guard
Coia, Kevin
Cole, Alexis
Collins, Melissa
Comcast Business
Conlon, Sean
Conrad Hilton Miami
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Cowboys Saloon Davie
Cozza, Christian
Crawford, Debbie and Kent
Credomatic of Florida, Inc.
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Crossley, Robert
Curet, William
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DelSignore, Frank
Diaz, Ilene
Dimension Data
Dolfan-Travel
DOMO
Eckert, Susan
Edward, Neil
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EMC Technology Inc.
Entertainment Benefits Group
Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
Ernst & Young LLP
Everdij, Deidre
Extensys Inc.
F.O.P Lodge NY 3100
Families Against Drunk Driving
Fernandez, Margarita
Finzel, Ray
Florida National College
Florida State Elks Association
Foundation for Independent Living
Freitas, Brianna
Friedlander, Randy
Friedman, Robert
Gaffey, Michael
Galloway, Bill
Garcia, Carlos
Gaydon, Lesley
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Godfrey, Rob
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Hodgins, Mia
Holler, Jonathan
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Hydes, Charlie
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IT Pro Camp
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Jewish Federation
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Lago Mar Country Club
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Ochoa, Linette
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Oster, Tiffany
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Perfect Water, Inc.
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BILLS EDITION

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Five of the Dolphins top 15


individual rushing performances
have come against Buffalo,
including Ricky Williams teamrecord 228-yard effort on Dec. 1,
2002.

The first multi-sack game of


Cameron Wakes NFL career came
against the Buffalo Bills when he
had 2.5 sacks in a 38-10 victory
Oct. 10, 2009.

The Dolphins last three victories in


Miami against the Bills have been
by 14 (24-10), 27 (35-8) and 28 (3810) points.

Former Dolphins kicker Dan


Carpenter has kicked 12 field goals
in his three games against his former
team.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has


thrown five touchdown passes in
two career home games against
the Bills.

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Dolphins linebacker Kelvin Sheppard was
a third-round pick of the Bills in 2011 and
played two seasons (2011-12) in Buffalo.

Dolphins defensive assistant Jeff Burris


was a first-round selection of the Bills in
1994 and played four seasons (1994-97) in
Buffalo. He also served a coaching internship with the Bills in September of 2008.

Buffalo Head Coach Doug Marrone


played four games as an offensive lineman for the Dolphins in 1987.

Buffalo kicker Dan Carpenter played for


the Dolphins from 2008-12.

Buffalo wide receiver Chris Hogan was


with the Dolphins in training camp in
2012.

Buffalo running backs coach Tyrone


Wheatley spent six months with the
Dolphins during the spring and summer
of 1999.

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Looking to pay back the Bills


By ALAIN POUPART
@apoupartFins
The allure of a Thursday night game,
with a national television audience looking on, by itself would make this
Dolphins-Bills matchup an attractive
one. But there are also clear playoff
implications between these two AFC
East rivals.
Buffalo and Miami will enter the
game at Sun Life Stadium tonight as
two of 11 teams in the AFC with winning
records, meaning there will be little margin for error for all teams involved in the
final seven weeks of the 2014 regular
season.
For the Dolphins, the game
Thursday is also about payback. Buffalo
won the earlier meeting this season, taking a 29-10 decision at Ralph Wilson
Stadium in Week 2.
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus already has reached
A lot has changed for the Bills since
double digits in sacks this season.
then, most notably with the change at
quarterback from second-year player
E.J. Manuel to veteran Kyle Orton.
remains its defense, more specifically its front
Ortons arrival into the starting lineup
four.
seemed to energize the Bills, who are hoping
In the 17-13 lost against the Chiefs, that
this is the year they return to the playoffs for
defensive line showed off its pass-rushing
the first time since 1999.
ability by combining for all six of the teams
Buffalo arrived in Miami on the heels of a
sacks on the day three by Marcell Dareus,
disappointing home loss against another
two by Jerry Hughes and the other by Mario
AFC playoff hopeful, the Kansas City, but that
Williams.
game marked the return to action of running
Dareus now has 10 sacks on the season,
back Fred Jackson.
and the other two also are on pace to reach
It was a big boost for a Buffalo offense
double digits in 2014.
also missing the other half of its great running
How the Dolphins handle Buffalos fierce
back tandem C.J. Spiller, who is on injured
front four could go a long way toward deterreserve with a designation to return because
mining the outcome of the game tonight and
of a shoulder injury.
which team can put itself in a better position
The strength of this Bills team, however,
to make a playoff push.
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SEPT. 14, 2014 | RALPH WILSON STADIUM, ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. | BILLS 29, DOLPHINS 10

STORY LINES
The Dolphins had a significant advantage
in first downs (23-13), but were victimized
by two turnovers and some big plays by
the Bills.
The biggest play of the game was a 103yard kickoff return for a touchdown by C.J.
Spiller, which helped Buffalo answer a
Dolphins field goal and gave the Bills a 16-3
lead in the third quarter.
The Dolphins only touchdown came on a 7yard pass from Ryan Tannehill to Mike
Wallace to cut the Buffalo lead to 16-10, but
the Bills answered with a 12-yard TD pass
from E.J. Manuel to rookie Sammy Watkins.
In his first career start, second-year
Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins recorded a team-high 13 tackles.

STAT LEADERS
Rushing
Dolphins Lamar Miller 11-46
Bills C.J. Spiller 12-69
Passing
Dolphins Ryan Tannehill 31-49-1, 241 yards, TD
Bills E.J. Manuel 16-26-0, 202 yards, TD
Receiving
Dolphins Mike Wallace 5-56, TD
Bills Sammy Watkins 8-117, TD
Interceptions
Dolphins None
Bills Leodis McKelvin 1-0
Opponent fumble recoveries
Dolphins None
Bills Randall Johnson
Sacks
Dolphins None
Bills Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, Mario
Williams, Stefan Charles
Field goals
Dolphins Caleb Sturgis 1-1
Bills Dan Carpenter 5-6

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GAME DAY HEAD COACHS CORNER


Head Coach
Joe Philbin
Q. How did it feel to get a game ball
for the win against the Chargers?
It meant a lot that Steve (Ross)
would present the ball. I told them a
story about my dad after I got it. It was
special, a special moment, and (Im)
really thankful. I told the team, weve
always preached family is the most
important thing and it starts at the top,
and I told them it starts with the owner.
The owner believes in that and I
believe in that. When somebody on
the team needs something or needs
support for a family matter, thats the
most important thing. That really starts
with Steve.
Q. How has CB Cortland Finnegan
played this year?
I think hes very comfortable in the
defense. I think he likes being a Miami
Dolphin. I think you have to give Lou
(Anarumo), Jeff Burris and Blue Adams
a lot of credit for teaching them, catching them up with the scheme and
everything. I think it fits his talent well
and he seems to be comfortable here.

Ryan Tannehills improved decision-making has been


a major key to his progress this season.

Q. What have been the keys to Ryan


Tannehills progress?
Good decisions, number one. I think that
if youre going to play quarterback for the
Miami Dolphins, youve got to be a good
decision-maker. I think his decision-making
has been improving, especially as of late.
The second thing youve got to be here is
youve got to be an accurate passer. I think
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tive. The last thing is youve got to be able


to make plays and hes been able to make
plays both in the passing game and with his
feet. I think the last few weeks hes had pretty good production running the football, not
that were going to run him 19 times a
game. Those plays, when a quarterback can
gain first downs or gain 6, 7, 8 eight yards
with his feet, those can help you an awful lot.
Q. How has Mike Pouncey looked now
that you have had a few games to
evaluate him?
I like what he is doing. I thought he had a

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solid performance against San Diego. I


thought Samson Satele had a solid performance as well. Its good to have him out there
on the field as a competitor, and he goes
hard every single play. I think hes added to
the cohesion of the offensive line.
Q. Did you feel that the offense would
take time to develop?
I think historically offense sometimes
takes a while to jell or get rolling. I dont care
if its a new scheme because the transition
sometimes, in the years Ive been coaching
in the league, you might have 30 percent
transition on your offensive team. It takes
time, but I think were seeing signs of
progress and those things need to continue.
Q. What impact has Louis Delmas had on
the defense?
I love the way he comes to work every
day. Hes an upbeat, positive individual. He
plays the game the right way. He plays fast
and theres very little hesitation in his game.
Hes done a good job for us. I think hes fit
into the locker room well. I enjoy being
around him every day. I dont know that hes
missed a practice. Id have to go back and
look. Hes been on the field just about every
day working.

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Q. What went into the decision to hire


Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator?
Before I ever placed a call to anybody, I
wrote down on a piece of paper, took a pencil out, and wrote down 15 or 20 things that
I was looking for in an offensive coordinator.
I wanted somebody that had quarterback
coaching experience. I wanted somebody
that was an excellent communicator, somebody that communicates not only with the
players but with the staff, a guy that had
leadership skill, a guy that had play-calling
experience at some level, whether it be college or the National Football League. I
wanted a team player, a guy that didnt have
a big ego. That was what I did before I ever
picked up the phone. I think I brought in
three different people. It was a gradual
thing. I had Bill in for an interview, I dont
think I hired him for about six or seven days
later. We talked through a lot of things.
Obviously, I have an offensive background,
so I wanted to make sure he was compatible
with some of the things that I believed in. It
wasnt really about if Bill called it a nine
route and I called it a go route, that to me
wasnt the issue. The issues were, does he
believe in execution? Does he believe in
fundamentals? Does he believe in teaching?
Those are things that I
believed in. It was a gradual
process. It wasnt one thing, I
dont think. We just talked
throughout the process and at
the end of the day he made a
decision that he felt was best
for him and his family.
Head Coach Joe Philbin had a
thorough discussion with Bill
Lazor before hiring him as his
offensive coordinator.

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STEPHEN M. ROSS
Chairman of the Board/
Managing General Partner

DIRECTORS

Jorge Perez

Don Shula

Vice Chairman

Matt Higgins

Vice Chairman

Vice Chairman

PARTNERS

Emilio Estefan

Marc Anthony
Partner

Fergie

Gloria Estefan
Partner

Serena Williams
Partner

Partner

Partner

Venus Williams
Partner

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Tom Garfinkel
President and
Chief Executive Officer

Dan Caspersen
Senior Vice President
of Human Resources

Claudia Lezcano del Campo


Senior Vice PresidentChief Marketing Officer

Harvey Greene
Vice President of
Historical Affairs

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Dennis Hickey
General Manager

Chris Clements
Senior Vice PresidentChief Financial Officer

Nat Moore
Senior Vice PresidentSpecial Projects and
Alumni Relations

Jason Jenkins
Vice President of
Communications

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Dawn Aponte
Executive Vice
President of Football
Administration

Bill Galante
Senior Vice President
of Operations-Davie

Jeremy Walls
Senior Vice PresidentChief Revenue Officer

George Torres
Vice President of Sun
Life Stadium Events

Todd Boyan
Senior Vice President
of Operations-Sun Life
Stadium

Tery Howard
Senior Vice PresidentChief Technology
Officer

Nick Forro
Vice President of Ticket
Sales, Service and
Operations

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GAME DAY COACHING STAFF | 2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS | DOLPHINS ROSTER | DEPTH
Joe Philbin
Head Coach
Pro Career: Became the ninth coach in Dolphins history on January
20, 2012. Philbin joined Miami after serving as the offensive coordinator with the Green Bay Packers from 2007-2011. During that
era, his offense ranked in the top 10 in points scored and total yards
every season. In five seasons at the helm of the Packers prolific
offense, the team scored 2,263 points (third in the NFL during that
span). In 2011, the Packers set franchise records for victories (15),
points (560) and total yards (6,357). The 560 points ranked second
in NFL history. In 2008-09, the Packers became the first team in
league annals to have a 4,000-yard passer (Aaron Rodgers), a
1,200-yard rusher (Ryan Grant) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Greg Jennings, Donald Driver) in consecutive seasons. Philbin joined the Packers in 2003 as an assistant offensive line coach. He served
as the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach from 2004-05 and offensive line coach in 2006.
Background: Philbin played one year at Washington & Jefferson, where he earned his degree in sociology. He has coached collegiately at Tulane (1984-85), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1986-87),
Allegheny (1990-93), Ohio (1994), Northeastern (1995-96), Harvard (1997-98) and Iowa (1999-2002).

Blue Adams
Assistant
Defensive Backs

Charlie Bullen
Assistant
Defensive Line
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Lou Anarumo
Defensive Backs

Jeff Burris
Defensive Assistant

John Benton
Offensive Line

David Corrao
Assistant Linebackers

Jack Bicknell Jr.


Assistant
Offensive Line

Kevin Coyle
Defensive Coordinator

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Mark Duffner

Ben Johnson
Linebackers

Marwan Maalouf
Assistant
Special Teams

Ken OKeefe
Wide Receivers

Kacy Rodgers
Defensive Line

Assistant Quarterbacks

Ben Martin

Darren Krein
Head Strength and
Conditioning

Phil McGeoghan

Offensive Assistant

Dave Puloka
Assistant Strength
and Conditioning

Zac Taylor

Assistant
Wide Receivers

Dave Regan
Sports Science Analyst

Bill Lazor
Offensive Coordinator

Jeff Nixon
Running Backs

Darren Rizzi
Special Teams
Coordinator

Jay Kaiser
Quarterbacks

Assistant
to the Head Coach
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2 Brandon Fields

8 Matt Moore
punter

11 Mike Wallace

9 Caleb Sturgis
quarterback

14 Jarvis Landry

wide receiver

20 Reshad Jones

wide receiver

21 Brent Grimes
safety

25 Louis Delmas

cornerback

26 Lamar Miller
safety

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running back

10 Brandon Gibson
kicker

17 Ryan Tannehill

wide receiver

18 Rishard Matthews

quarterback

22 Jamar Taylor

wide receiver

24 Cortland Finnegan

cornerback

27 Jimmy Wilson

cornerback

29 Will Davis
safety

cornerback

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30 Daniel Thomas
running back

42 Charles Clay

34 Damien Williams

35 Walt Aikens

44 Jordan Kovacs
tight end

52 Philip Wheeler
linebacker

57 Jordan Tripp

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safety

50 Olivier Vernon
safety

53 Jelani Jenkins
linebacker

58 Chris McCain
linebacker

40 Lowell Rose

running back

linebacker

cornerback

51 Mike Pouncey

defensive end

55 Koa Misi

center

56 Jonathan Freeny
linebacker

63 Dallas Thomas

linebacker

64 Samson Satele
guard

center

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GAME DAY 2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS | DOLPHINS ROSTER | DEPTH CHARTS

66 Shelley Smith

67 Daryn Colledge
guard

74 Jason Fox

70 JaWuan James
guard

75 Nate Garner
tackle

78 Terrence Fede

76 Anthony Johnson
guard

79 Derrick Shelby

defensive end

89 Harold Hoskins
tight end

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71 Branden Albert
tackle

defensive end

90 Earl Mitchell
defensive tackle

tackle

77 Billy Turner

defensive tackle

80 Dion Sims

guard

82 Brian Hartline
tight end

91 Cameron Wake
defensive end

wide receiver

92 John Denney
long snapper

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GAME DAY 2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS | DOLPHINS ROSTER | DEPTH CHARTS

93 Jason Trusnik
linebacker

98 Jared Odrick
defensive tackle

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94 Randy Starks
defensive tackle

95 Dion Jordan
defensive end

97 Kelvin Sheppard
linebacker

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NO.
2
8
9
10
11
14
17
18
20
21
22
24
25
26
27
29
30
34
35
40
42
44
50
51
52
53
55
56
57
58
63
64
66
67
70
71
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
82
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
97
98

NAME

POS.

HT.

WT.

EXP.

Brandon Fields
Matt Moore
Caleb Sturgis
Brandon Gibson
Mike Wallace

P
QB
K
WR
WR

6-5
6-3
5-9
6-0
6-0

249
220
190
210
200

8
8
2
6
6

Michigan State
Oregon State
Florida
Washington State
Mississippi

COLLEGE

Jarvis Landry
Ryan Tannehill
Rishard Matthews
Reshad Jones
Brent Grimes

WR
QB
WR
S
CB

5-11
6-4
6-0
6-1
5-10

202
220
215
215
190

R
3
3
5
8

LSU
Texas A&M
Nevada
Georgia
Shippensburg

Jamar Taylor
Cortland Finnegan
Louis Delmas
Lamar Miller
Jimmy Wilson

CB
CB
S
RB
S

5-10
5-10
5-11
5-10
5-11

200
190
210
224
205

2
9
6
3
4

Boise State
Samford
Western Michigan
Miami (Fla.)
Montana

Will Davis
Daniel Thomas
Damien Williams
Walt Aikens
Lowell Rose

CB
RB
RB
S
CB

5-11
6-1
5-11
6-1
6-1

190
235
221
210
192

2
4
R
R
1

Utah State
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Liberty
Tulsa

Charles Clay
Jordan Kovacs
Olivier Vernon
Mike Pouncey
Philip Wheeler

TE
S
DE
C
LB

6-3
5-10
6-2
6-5
6-2

255
210
268
305
245

4
2
3
4
6

Tulsa
Michigan
Miami (Fla.)
Florida
Georgia Tech

Jelani Jenkins
Koa Misi
Jonathan Freeny
Jordan Tripp
Chris McCain

LB
LB
LB
LB
LB

6-0
6-3
6-2
6-3
6-5

245
252
254
240
250

2
5
3
R
R

Florida
Utah
Rutgers
Montana
California

Dallas Thomas
Samson Satele
Shelley Smith
Daryn Colledge
Ja'Wuan James

G
C
G
G
T

6-5
6-3
6-4
6-4
6-6

315
300
310
308
318

2
8
5
9
R

Tennessee
Hawaii
Colorado State
Boise State
Tennessee

Branden Albert
Jason Fox
Nate Garner
Anthony Johnson
Billy Turner

T
T
G
DT
G

6-5
6-6
6-7
6-2
6-4

310
310
320
304
313

7
5
7
R
R

Virginia
Miami (Fla.)
Arkansas
LSU
North Dakota St.

Terrence Fede
Derrick Shelby
Dion Sims
Brian Hartline
Harold Hoskins

DE
DE
TE
WR
TE

6-4
6-2
6-4
6-2
6-2

282
282
260
200
248

R
3
2
6
R

Marist
Utah
Michigan State
Ohio State
Marshall

Earl Mitchell
Cameron Wake
John Denney
Jason Trusnik
Randy Starks

DT
DE
LS
LB
DT

6-3
6-3
6-5
6-4
6-3

310
262
252
252
305

5
6
10
8
11

Arizona
Penn State
Brigham Young
Ohio Northern
Maryland

Dion Jordan
Kelvin Sheppard
Jared Odrick

DE
LB
DT

6-6
6-2
6-5

275
252
302

2
4
5

Oregon
LSU
Penn State
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MIAMI DOLPHINS
OFFENSE
WR
LT

82 Brian Hartline
71 Branden Albert

75 Nate Garner

LG

67 Daryn Colledge

77 Billy Turner

64 Samson Satele

51 Mike Pouncey

RG

51 Mike Pouncey

66 Shelley Smith

RT

70 Ja'Wuan James

74 Jason Fox

TE

42 Charles Clay

80 Dion Sims

WR

11 Mike Wallace

18 Rishard Matthews

QB

17 Ryan Tannehill

RB

26 Lamar Miller

34 Damien Williams

WR

14 Jarvis Landry

10 Brandon Gibson

63 Dallas Thomas

89 Harold Hoskins

8 Matt Moore
30 Daniel Thomas

DEFENSE
LE
DT

91 Cameron Wake

79 Derrick Shelby

DT

90 Earl Mitchell

RE

50 Olivier Vernon

LB

52 Philip Wheeler

56 Jonathan Freeny

58 Chris McCain

LB

55 Koa Misi

93 Jason Trusnik

97 Kelvin Sheppard

LB

53 Jelani Jenkins

57 Jordan Tripp

CB

21 Brent Grimes

22 Jamar Taylor

CB

24 Cortland Finnegan

29 Will Davis

25 Louis Delmas

44 Jordan Kovacs

20 Reshad Jones

27 Jimmy Wilson

94 Randy Starks/98 Jared Odrick

95 Dion Jordan

76 Anthony Johnson

78 Terrence Fede

40 Lowell Rose

35 Walt Aikens

SPECIAL TEAMS
P
K

2 Brandon Fields

K0

9 Caleb Sturgis

2 Brandon Fields

9 Caleb Sturgis

KR

14 Jarvis Landry

34 Damien Williams

PR

14 Jarvis Landry

18 Rishard Matthews

LS

92 John Denney

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21 Brent Grimes

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BUFFALO BILLS
OFFENSE
WR
LT

10 Robert Woods

19 Mike Williams

77 Cordy Glenn

75 Chris Hairston

LG

68 Cyril Richardson

60 Kraig Urbik

70 Eric Wood

60 Kraig Urbik

RG

79 Erik Pears

RT

66 Seantrel Henderson

71 Cyrus Kouandjio

TE

84 Scott Chandler

85 Lee Smith

QB

18 Kyle Orton

RB

22 Fred Jackson

FB

38 Frank Summers

WR

14 Sammy Watkins

15 Chris Hogan

89 Chris Gragg

3 E.J. Manuel
26 Boobie Dixon

35 Bryce Brown

88 Marquise Goodwin

81 Marcus Easley

39 Phillip Tanner

DEFENSE
LDE

94 Mario Williams

92 Jarius Wynn

DT

95 Kyle Williams

96 Stefan Charles

DT

99 Marcell Dareus

97 Corbin Bryant

RDE

55 Jerry Hughes

91 Manny Lawson

WLB

56 Keith Rivers

58 Randell Johnson

MLB

51 Brandon Spikes

57 Ty Powell

SLB

53 Nigel Bradham

52 Preston Brown

LCB

21 Leodis McKelvin

20 Corey Graham

25 DaNorris Searcy

27 Duke Williams

23 Aaron Williams

30 Jerome Couplin III

RCB

24 Stephon Gilmore

37 Nickell Robey

54 Larry Dean

29 Ross Cockrell

33 Ron Brooks

SPECIAL TEAMS
P

6 Colton Schmidt

4 Jordan Gay

2 Dan Carpenter

4 Jordan Gay

KO

4 Jordan Gay

2 Dan Carpenter

6 Colton Schmidt

4 Jordan Gay

KR

88 Marquise Goodwin

14 Sammy Watkins

PR

21 Leodis McKelvin

22 Fred Jackson

LS

65 Garrison Sanborn

37 Nickell Robey

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NO.
2
3
4
6
10
14
15
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
29
30
33
35
37
38
39
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
60
65
66
68
70
71
75
77
79
81
84
85
88
89
91
92
94
95
96
97
99

NAME

POS.

HT.

WT.

EXP.

Dan Carpenter
E.J. Manuel
Jordan Gay
Colton Schmidt
Robert Woods

K
QB
K
P
WR

6-2
6-4
6-1
5-11
6-0

228
237
200
224
190

7
2
1
1
2

Montana
Florida State
Central College
California-Davis
USC

COLLEGE

Sammy Watkins
Chris Hogan
Kyle Orton
Mike Williams
Corey Graham

WR
WR
QB
WR
CB

6-1
6-1
6-4
6-2
6-0

211
220
228
212
196

R
2
10
5
8

Clemson
Monmouth
Purdue
Syracuse
New Hampshire

Leodis McKelvin
Fred Jackson
Aaron Williams
Stephon Gilmore
DaNorris Searcy

CB
RB
S
CB
S

5-10
6-1
6-0
6-1
5-11

185
216
199
190
207

7
8
4
3
4

Troy
Coe College
Texas
South Carolina
North Carolina

Boobie Dixon
Duke Williams
Russ Cockrell
Jerome Couplin III
Ron Brooks

RB
S
CB
S
CB

6-1
5-11
6-0
6-2
5-10

233
201
190
215
190

5
2
R
R
3

Mississippi State
Nevada
Duke
William & Mary
LSU

Bryce Brown
Nickell Robey
Frank Summers
Phillip Tanner
Brandon Spikes

RB
CB
FB
RB
LB

6-0
5-8
5-9
5-10
6-2

220
165
248
208
255

3
2
2
4
5

Kansas State
USC
UNLV
Middle Tennesse State
Florida

Preston Brown
Nigel Bradham
Larry Dean
Jerry Hughes
Keith Rivers

LB
LB
LB
DE
LB

6-1
6-2
6-0
6-2
6-2

251
241
227
254
235

R
3
4
5
6

Louisville
Florida State
Valdosta State
TCU
USC

Ty Powell
Randell Johnson
Kraig Urbik
Garrison Sanborn
Seantrel Henderson

LB
LB
G
LS
T

6-2
6-4
6-5
6-1
6-7

249
245
324
240
331

2
R
6
6
R

Harding
Florida Atlantic
Wisconsin
Florida State
Miami (Fla.)

Cyril Richardson
Eric Wood
Cyrus Kouandjio
Chris Hairston
Cordy Glenn

G
C
T
T
T

6-5
6-4
6-7
6-6
6-6

343
310
322
330
345

R
6
R
3
3

Baylor
Louisville
Alabama
Clemson
Georgia

Erik Pears
Marcus Easley
Scott Chandler
Lee Smith
Marquise Goodwin

G
WR
TE
TE
WR

6-8
6-2
6-7
6-6
5-9

316
217
260
265
179

9
4
8
4
2

Colorado State
Connecticut
Iowa
Marshall
Texas

Chris Gragg
Manny Lawson
Jarius Wynn
Mario Williams
Kyle Williams

TE
DE
DE
DE
DT

6-3
6-5
6-3
6-6
6-1

244
240
285
292
303

2
9
6
9
9

Arkansas
North Carolina State
Georgia
North Carolina State
LSU

Stefan Charles
Corbin Bryant
Marcell Dareus

DT
DT
DT

6-5
6-4
6-3

323
300
331

2
2
4

Regina
Northwestern
Alabama
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2 Dan Carpenter

6 Colton Schmidt
kicker

18 Kyle Orton

10 Robert Woods
punter

21 Leodis McKelvin
quarterback

24 Stephon Gilmore

wide receiver

22 Fred Jackson

cornerback

running back

14 Sammy Watkins
wide receiver

23 Aaron Williams
safety

25 DaNorris Searcy

cornerback

safety

FRED JACKSON

38 Frank Summers

51 Brandon Spikes
fullback

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linebacker

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53 Nigel Bradham

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55 Jerry Hughes

linebacker

68 Cyril Richardson

56 Keith Rivers

defensive end

70 Eric Wood
guard

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66 Seantrel Henderson
linebacker

77 Cordy Glenn
center

tackle

79 Erik Pears
tackle

84 Scott Chandler

guard

94 Mario Williams
tight end

defensive end

KYLE
WILLIAMS

95 Kyle Williams
defensive tackle

99 Marcell Dareus
defensive tackle

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GAME DAY PLAYERS TO WATCH


KYLE ORTON
Pos.: Quarterback
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 228 | NFL Exp: 10th year
How Acquired: Free agent, 2014
Of Note: In his first three starts with the
Bills, Orton became the first Buffalo
quarterback since Drew Bledsoe in 2002 to
have three consecutive games with at least
280 passing yards.

SAMMY WATKINS
Pos.: Wide receiver
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 211 | NFL Exp: Rookie
How Acquired: Draft, 2014, 1st round
(fourth overall)
Of Note: Watkins played his high school
football in Fort Myers and was recruited by
the big three Florida schools before he
chose to attend Clemson. His brother,
Jaylen, played at Florida and is now a
rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles.

MARIO WILLIAMS
Pos.: Defensive end
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 292 | NFL Exp: 9th year
How Acquired: Signed as unrestricted free
agent (from Houston), 2012
Of Note: The first overall pick in the 2006
NFL draft, Williams is a captain this season
for the first time in his career.

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IN THE COMMUNITY

Rebuilding Together with Dolphins


The Miami Dolphins Foundation teamed
with Rebuilding Together Miami and partners Bank of America and AARP Foundation
to refurbish two homes in the South Florida
community. Dolphins guard Nate Garner,
Miami Dolphins Womens Organization
members and Special Teams driven by
Chevy volunteers worked on the interior and
exterior maintenance of the houses, including gardening, painting and removal of
trash buildup.
About 60 volunteers updated the homes
of veteran Gary Brown and military widow
Verna Powell. Brown received a new roof,
carpeting, kitchen and paint on the interior
and exterior of his home. Powell was the
recipient of a new floor, paint, ceiling fan and
trim on the inside and outside of her home.

Through the collaboration of the Miami


Dolphins, AARP Foundation and Bank of
America, we rehabbed Mr. Browns house.
Hes a U.S. Navy veteran who has lived in this
community for 40 plus years. We also assisted Mrs. Powell, a widow of a military veteran
who was beyond grateful for the support,
said Rebuilding Together Miami Dade
Executive Director Donna Fales. To have
neighbors helping neighbors is everything
to us.
I just love coming out here, I love to
support our troops. Ive got a bunch of family that has been in the military, so I love giving back, Garner said. Rebuilding
Together is a great, great organization. Any
time I get a chance to be out in our community, Im there.

Miami Dolphins Womens Organization members with guard Nate Garner, Verna Powell and
Dolphins Senior Director of Community Affairs Twan Russell.
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Active military volunteer


alongside Gary Brown and
Miami Dolphins guard Nate
Garner

Right: Bank of America


volunteers at Rebuilding
Together with guard Nate
Garner
Below: Miami Dolphins
Rebuilding Together

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THIS ISSUE: KEITH SIMS on the Dolphins-Bills rivalry


The Dolphins-Bills rivalry was fun to be part of, but
unfortunately for the bulk of my career we were ultimately on the losing side. Even though we were able
to even things up during the course of the regular
season, they always seemed to nip us in the playoffs
when they were making that outrageous run to four
straight Super Bowls. It was such a fun and intense
rivalry. They were a division opponent and we always
seemed to play games that mattered on national TV.
When we went to Buffalo, you could feel such an
intense hatred. I got my first taste of it when we traveled up to Buffalo my rookie year. We got to the hotel,
ordered some room service and I turned on the news
before meetings. Im watching the Buffalo news and
theyre going to different schools around the Buffalo
area and theyre showing kids squishing the fish by
putting fish in blenders. That was just shocking to me.
I was thinking, Wow, what is this all about?
Richmond Webb and I were just joking about this.

We had some good snow games up in Buffalo

Wed go to Buffalo and they had this song about

and then the dramatic AFC Championship Game

Bruce Smith called Leader of the Sack, and he was

down here in Miami. The game that I will always

such a great player. It was fun to be part of it because

remember was my rookie year and my first Dolphins-

those games meant so much. It wasnt just a football

Bills game up in Buffalo at Rich Stadium. I had gone

game. It was Dolphins-Bills for supremacy in the AFC

on a local sports talk show down here with Tim

East. Some years we won and some years we didnt.

McKyer and we were talking tough, saying, Buffalo is

You were challenged for record but you were also


challenged on the field by the great players like the

not that good, and stuff like that, figuring it was just
going to stay down here.

Bruce Smiths, the Darryl Talleys and the Cornelius

Well, we were warming up during the pregame

Bennetts that you had to block. When we were on the

and the Bills are all waiting on us looking at me, and I

sidelines we got to watch Jim Kelly and Thurman

asked Richmond what was going on and he didnt

Thomas and Andre Reed and James Lofton and all

know. So I get up there for the first snap and Bruce

the great guys they had there. It was an amazing time

Smith said, We heard what you said and were going

in football in the AFC East.

to bring it to you today, rookie. They were lining up

You think about all the Hall of Famers or Honor

to get over me and give me hell that day, but luckily I

Roll members from both teams that were on those

played well and it was snowing, but they never let me

fields during that time and its amazing. You had two

forget that.

Hall of Fame coaches in Don Shula and Marv Levy,

I remember wondering, how could they have

two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Dan Marino and Jim

heard that from a little TV show here in South Florida?

Kelly, and whoever won those games had a great leg

I had made bulletin-board material before my first

up not only in the playoffs but also for a spot in the

Dolphins-Bills game. They were actually mad. I knew

Super Bowl.

then that this was a rivalry not to be taken lightly at all.

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By MICHAEL FARNHAM

What does Veterans Day


mean to you?

WALT AIKENS

MATT HAZEL

RISHARD MATTHEWS

It means a lot, its honoring the people that


served our country. For
me it hits home
because my grandfather was in the military
and my dad as well.

te
fo

Army

I have friends and family members in the service. Growing up with


knowing what it takes
to become a veteran
itself, putting in the
work, it means a lot.

My dad served as a
Marines. My brother is
serving as a Marine
right now. My sister
was in the Air Force
and her husband was in
the Air Force.

It means a lot, because


they give up so much
of their life to make
sure that we are safe
over here. Its big.

What branch wo
if you were

My dad was in the


Army.

My dad was in the military, a couple of


cousins. They give their
lives for us, its a blessing for somebody to
give their life up for
somebody else.

JAMAR TAYLOR

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What branch is/was your


family in?

Ive got two cousins in


the Air Force and one
in the Navy.

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hat branch would fit you best


if you were in the military?

What rank would be best


for you?

Probably
tech support
for the Army
back in the
homeland
(joking).

Id be the General, calling the shots from a


distance.

A Navy Seal
sniper.

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Favorite war movie

Favorite military leader,


real or fictional

Lt. Aldo Raine


from
Inglourious
Basterds

General out in the


field.

The Marines

E-8 in the Marines


(same rank as my
father)

Any of them.
Probably
a Marine

Just send me out there,


put me in a sniper unit.

Two Weeks in Hell."


Its on Netflix. I advise
everybody to watch it.
If they think serving the
military is easy, I advise
them to watch that.

Andre Matthews (my


father)

Dont have one

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10 QUESTIONS WITH SAMSON SATELE


1. Was it weird at all coming back to
the Dolphins for a second time?
SS: It felt great. It felt like home. I walked
in and the first two guys I saw was Brandon
Fields and John Denney. Probably those two
guys and maybe Nate Garner and a few others are the only ones still here from the last
time I was here. But it was great to see familiar faces. Yeah, it really felt like coming
home again.
2. When you were here the first
time, did you think you would be
spending your entire career with
the Dolphins?
SS: I thought Id be here forever. My
first season we were 1-15. My second
season we went to the playoffs. I
thought wed take that season and
build on it. But things just didnt
work out that way. Im now in
my
seventh
different
offense in eight years.
But Im getting a
chance here. You
always
appreciate
when you get a second
chance.
3. For somebody who has never
seen you play, how would you
describe yourself as a player?
SS: Im technique-oriented. I
work my tail off. Everybody else
around here is bigger than me, so
I have no choice but to put in
extra time and do everything I
can to get an edge. Thats what
Im about. Dont take any day or
any practice for granted. I love
to play fast. Just keep going
and going until the play is
over. Thats what Im
about.
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4. What are some Samson Sateles
passions off the field?
SS: Playing with my kids. Listening to
music. Dancing with my kids. Doing anything
I can to help them become better people. Toa
is 6. Trison is 4 and Tayden is 3. All boys. Id
love to see them become athletes and Ill
work with them to get better in any sport they
love.
5. The Dolphins struggled some with
the shotgun snap prior to your arrival. Is
that more difficult than it seems, and
whats the key to doing it well?
SS: You just have to keep doing it and
doing it. Repetition is the key. For me, I came
out of a run-and-shoot offense in college, so
thats all I played. Everything was shotgun,
shotgun, shotgun. Its easy for me. I dont want
to jinx myself and have a bad snap, but it happens so naturally for me.
6. Who is the toughest defensive linemen youve ever had to block?
SS: Thats easy. My first year here with the
Dolphins, I went up against Jason Ferguson
on the practice field every day. You block
Jason Ferguson and you can block anybody.
He made me a lot better.
7. You are such a nice, soft-spoken
man. How do you flip the switch on
Sundays?
SS: This is a sport I really love to play. Yeah,
Im pretty quiet off the field. But once you step
over that line, once it becomes Sunday afternoon and youre playing football, you have to
turn into a different person or this game will
devour you. I just think of my kids when Im on
the field. I dont want them to see their dad
getting beat up play after play. I want them to
be proud of me. And if that takes turning on a
switch, then I dont mind doing that. You have
to love the game, and I do.
8. This is your eighth season in the

Every day you can


learn something new
and I want to learn
something new. You can
learn from a rookie.
You just have to always
be willing to listen.
league? What do you enjoy most about
playing pro football?
SS: I love that you never stop learning
about this game. Im in my eighth year now.
Mike Pouncey is in his fourth year. You wouldnt believe how much Mike has taught me
about this game. Every day you can learn
something new and I want to learn something
new. You can learn from a rookie. You just have
to always be willing to listen.
9. It is the offseason and you can eat
anything you want. What are a few of
your guilty pleasures?
SS: A pig in the ground. I love that. We
called it an Umu. Thats an underground oven.
We cook pigs and grapefruits and bananas
and we put it all together and just eat. I never
do that during the season. But as soon as the
season is over, I tell me wife, lets go do an
Umu. Im ready for pig!
10. Now that you are here for a second time, do you hope deep down that
this is your final stop in the NFL?
SS: I would love that. But I know the situation here. They have a Pro Bowl center. He is a
great player and Ive learned from him since I
got here. You just never know where your
career is going to take you. But, yes, Id love
for it to end up where it all began.
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KELLY
2 year veteran
Captain
Hometown:
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THIS WEEK: TOP PRIME-TIME VICTORIES

1
2
3
4
5

Monday, Dec. 2, 1985


Dolphins 38, Bears 24
Dolphins preserve the
organizations place as the NFLs
only perfect team

Monday, Dec. 17, 1984


Dolphins 28, Cowboys 21
Mark Clayton catches three TDs as Dan
Marino sets NFL single-season passing
records

Monday, Dec. 21, 1998


Dolphins 31, Broncos 21
Lamar Thomas catches three TDs as
Dolphins defeat defending and eventual
Super Bowl champions

Monday, Sept. 13, 1999


Dolphins 38, Broncos 21
Dolphins dominate two-time defending
Super Bowl champions in season opener
at Mile High Stadium

Monday, Dec. 20, 2004


Dolphins 29, Patriots 28
Dolphins stun defending and eventual
Super Bowl champions on late touchdown
catch by Derrius Thompson

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10

Monday, Oct. 12, 2009


Dolphins 31, Jets 27
Ronnie Brown scores
game-winning TD in final
seconds on run from Wildcat formation

Monday, Dec. 3, 1973


Dolphins 30, Steelers 26
Dick Anderson intercepts four passes and
returns two of the picks for touchdowns

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002


Dolphins 24, Broncos 22
Olindo Mare hits game-winning 53-yard
field goal with six seconds remaining

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013


Dolphins 22, Bengals 20 (OT)
Cameron Wake sacks Andy Dalton in the
end zone in overtime on Halloween

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2003


Dolphins 24, Redskins 23
Wearing orange jerseys, Dolphins rally
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HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: DOLPHINS AND THE MILITARY

Charley Winner He served for 11


years (1981-91) as Don Shulas director of
pro personnel. In World War II, Winner flew
17 bombing missions over Germany as a
gunner-radio operator in a B-17 Flying
Fortress. Shot down over Hamburg in 1945,
he spent six weeks in a German prisoner of
war camp on the Baltic Sea until it was liberated by the Russians toward the end of the
war. As a POW, meal rations were meager
little more than a slice of bread a day.
Gaining an appreciation for everything that
was taken away from him during his captivity, he vowed after he was freed, Ill never
again leave any food on my plate.
Derrick Rodgers He was a starter at
outside linebacker for the Dolphins for six
years (1997-02) following his collegiate
career at Arizona State University. But before
going to ASU, Rodgers spent four years as a
medical lab technician in the Air Force,
including two years at a base in Okinawa as
part of a chemical warfare team that was on
constant alert in case an act of bio-terrorism
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took place in that region. Rodgers never forgot his military roots, keeping gloves he
wore in Okinawa in his Dolphins locker and
wearing a camouflage hat around the teams
training facility.

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By HARVEY GREENE
J.J. Johnson He was a bruising
running back for the Dolphins for
three seasons (1999-01), including the
99 campaign when he became only
the fifth rookie in team history to lead
Miami in rushing. But he took a circuitous route to get to the Dolphins,
including a two-year stint in the U.S.
Navy beginning in 1994 after graduating from high school. For most of
that time, he worked as a postal clerk
on assignment in the Mediterranean
Sea aboard the U.S.S. John F.
Kennedy, the Navys last conventionally powered aircraft carrier. One day
while in port in Aviano, Italy, Johnson
called his high school football coach
to help arrange a college tryout after
his tour of duty ended, and following
his discharge Johnson resumed his
journey to the NFL.
For years, Miami Dolphins players
(including fullback Lousaka Polite,
pictured on a recent visit) have made
as many trips to overseas U.S. military
bases as they have to any NFL city.
Enthusiastically

received

by

the

troops at each of their stops, they


have visited our soldiers stationed
around the world, happy to talk football, sign autographs and pose for
pictures with countless football fans in
uniform. The Dolphins who have
made those trips know how much
tossing a football around with those
servicemen and women represents a
little touch of home, and to a man
they are honored to be able to use
those trips to thank the troops for
their service and sacrifice.

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Even Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula has


done his part to show his appreciation for
our men and women in uniform. In 2009,
Shula, accompanied by his wife, Mary Anne,
Admiral Mike Mullen (the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff) and other sports and
entertainment luminaries, visited the U.S.S.
Ronald Reagan stationed in the Gulf of
Omani, as well as bases in Iraq and
Afghanistan. We feel like we want to give
something back, said Shula. We appreciate so much what our troops do, and we
wanted to do something in return.
Dolphins players and coaches arent the

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only members of the organization to make


trips to overseas bases to boost the morale of
U.S. troops stationed abroad. The teams
cheerleaders also have been consistent
ambassadors of the franchise as well, visiting
more than 20 countries on their military tours,
including four trips to Afghanistan and one to
the war zone in Iraq since 2008. They participated in the first military tour after 9/11, going to
Bahrain, UAE and Kuwait. They also have visited troops overseas for six of the last seven
Super Bowls, bringing their own version of a
Super Bowl party to our military based on the
other side of the globe.

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MY GENERATION THIS WEEK: RUNNING BACKS

As told to Natasha Thomas

CURRENT PLAYER: DANIEL THOMAS


1. Who is the toughest linebacker you
have faced?
Lavonte

David

of

the

Buccaneers

because he is a fast guy who plays all three


downs. Hes physical and very active.
2. Who sets the bar at your position?
Adrian Peterson because he runs hard
and he has the speed and the power. Also,

4. What has been the most memorable


moment of your career?
Scoring my first touchdown my rookie
year against the Cleveland Browns. It was my
dream scoring a touchdown in the NFL, so
that was a big moment.
5. What coach had the biggest influence
on your playing career?

Arian Foster sets the bar at my position

Coach Jeff Nixon. Hes probably one of


my favorite coaches that I have had so far. He

3. What player did you admire growing


up?

just pushes the whole running backs group


and me as well. Also my college coach, Dana
Dimel, at Kansas State. He was my first running back coach. He taught me the ropes
and how to play the position because I was a
quarterback before I went there. So he really
taught me everything.

Warrick Dunn. I was a smaller guy back in


the day, so I liked the way he ran. I was able
to watch him play a lot when he was with the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and when he was at
Florida State.
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FORMER PLAYER: LOUSAKA POLITE


1. Who was the toughest linebacker you
faced?
The toughest linebacker I faced was
Jeremiah Trotter. He was a sledgehammer.
He was probably about two inches taller
than me and about 15 pounds heavier. He
was extremely dense. He knew how to come
downhill like no other.

one of the best players ever. He would score


a touchdown and just go to the sideline. He
was never outspoken. He was a pro and I
respected his humility.
4. What was the most
moment of your career?

memorable

The most memorable moment of my


career was making the team as an undrafted

2. Who set the bar at your position?

free agent. It was really hard to do. In fact, I

I cant pick one guy. There are two.


Lorenzo Neal and Tony Richardson. They both

started my first game and it was on my

played for 17 years at fullback and that speaks


for itself. They could do everything. They kept
themselves valuable at the fullback position,
which has become extinct. They were always
included in their offensive package. They
could do everything. They could block, catch.
They were always an asset to their teams.
3. What player did you admire growing up?
Barry Sanders. He played with such humility. He never celebrated even though he was

moms birthday. That was pretty special.


5. What coach had the biggest influence
on your playing career?
Bill Parcells. He helped mold me into the
guy I am now. He taught me how to be a pro.
I started my career with him inDallas. I went
to Chicago for a year and then he reached
out to me and brought me down here to
Miami. Thats when my career took off. I have
to give him the credit for helping me maximize my potential as a player.

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THE LAST WORD BY ANDY COHEN

One soldiers love for the Dolphins


We watch football on Sundays and we
rarely think about who else might be watching. Our minds never travel half a world away.
We never picture the scene at an Air Force
base in Afghanistan where American soldiers,
Dolphins fans, huddle around a television set
in the middle of the night.
But its happening. Its there. Every
Sunday, when the war allows, when the time
is there to escape, when the television reception is just right, our troops watch football.
You think you feel pressure watching the
Dolphins play? You think your stomach is in
knots when Ryan Tannehill fades back to
pass? Think what Senior Master Sergeant Jim
Miller must be feeling, huddled in front of his
laptop, not knowing if at any minute hell
have to return to the business of defending
his country. Thats pressure.
I watch the Dolphins, said Miller, and
for a moment you dont feel like you are (at
war) anymore. If nothing bad is happening
outside, you can really lose yourself in the
game. Its a great escape.
As I decided what to write about Veterans
Day, as I spoke to several players in the
Dolphins locker room who have family ties to
the Armed Forces, I realized that these players
arent the story. The real stories on Veterans
Day are people like Senior Master Sergeant
Jim Miller. Born a Dolphins fan. Bleeds aqua
and orange. Follows his favorite team as best
he can. He was in Kuwait in 2002. He was in
Iraq in 2008. He was in Afghanistan in 2013.
Now he is in Atlanta, waiting to see if hell
be deployed once again, not knowing where
hell be next football season. I asked Miller
about watching Dolphins games in that part
of the world. I asked him to paint a picture so
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I watch the Dolphins


and for a moment you
dont feel like you are
(at war) anymore. ...
Its a great escape.

we can understand how difficult it is for him


to see his beloved team.
Heres two stories from last season:
The Dolphins were playing the Patriots
at Sun Life Stadium. Its rare to be able to
catch any of the action live in that part of the
world. Most of the time its on tape delay. But
on this early Monday morning, at Bagram Air
Force base about 40 miles from Kabul,
Afghanistan, Miller was able to hook up the
digital mobile service on his laptop computer. Somehow, he was able to project that picture on a big wall.
It started out as four of us watching the
Dolphins-Patriots game, Miller recalled. Then
it grew to eight or nine of us. It was a quiet
night. Not much going on. I cant tell you how
great it was to be able to watch that game.
Earlier last season, the Dolphins were
playing the Cincinnati Bengals on Halloween.

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You remember the game, dont you?


Cameron Wake won it with a safety in dramatic fashion. Miller was able to get off a little
early that night and, being a Thursday night
game, the Armed Forces network was showing it live. There was a 50-inch TV mounted on
a wall in the rec room at Bagram Air Force
base. Miller remembers it as if were yesterday.
Its the middle of the night and who
knows whats going on outside, and Cam
Wake gets that sack and me and my buddy
are screaming and going crazy, Miller said.
We got to see it live! Imagine that.
Miller may not have been the biggest
Dolphins fan over there, but hes certainly in
the conversation. Hanging from his bunk was
a Dolphins flag. Next to his bunk was a Dan
Marino jersey. Theres even a picture of that
Dolphins flag on the front of his vehicle.
You want stories? Miller has plenty more.

There was the time in 2009 in Iraq. Miller was


guarding weapons the night the Dolphins
were playing the Jets. His buddy relieved him
so he could catch the last part of the game.
Miller remembers running to the chow hall.
That was a great night, he said. The
Dolphins beat the Jets 31-27.
Sometimes it takes stories like the ones
Jim Miller tells to help you appreciate the
impact a football team like the Dolphins can
have, even several thousand miles away on a
quiet night in the middle of nowhere.
Sometimes we forget about those who would
give anything to be sitting in Sun Life
Stadium on a powder blue Sunday afternoon.
So the game ends in the middle of the
night in Afghanistan. What happens then, I
ask Jim Miller. I just remember where I am
and go back to work, he says. But its
always a lot easier when the Dolphins win.
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