2001 Miami Dolphins season

2001 Miami Dolphins season
Head coachDave Wannstedt
OwnerWayne Huizenga
Home fieldPro Player Stadium
Division place2nd AFC East
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Ravens) 3–20
Pro Bowlers4

The 2001 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 32nd season in the National Football League and the 36th season in the AFC division under the guidance of Dave Wannstedt, who was entering his 2nd year as Dolphins head coach. The Miami Dolphins finished the season 2nd in the AFC East with a record of 11–5. Their season ended with a defeat to the defending Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens, in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

The Miami Dolphins had the 8th best ranked offense and 11th best ranked defense in the league in 2001.[1]

4 Miami Dolphins players were selected for the Pro Bowl in 2001: Jason Tayor, Trace Armstrong, Sam Madison & Larry Izzo

The Dolphins did not return to the playoffs until 2008.



NFL Draft

2001 Miami Dolphins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 26 Jamar Fletcher  Defensive Back Wisconsin
2 52 Chris Chambers  Wide Receiver Wisconsin
3 85 Travis Minor  Running Back Florida State
3 88 Morlon Greenwood  Linebacker Syracuse
5 156 Shawn Draper  Tackle Alabama
6 164 Brandon Winey  Defensive Guard LSU
6 177 Josh Heupel  Quarterback Oklahoma
6 187 Otis Leverette  Defensive End UAB
6 188 Rick Crowell  Linebacker Colorado State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


Undrafted free agents

2001 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Nick Sorensen Safety Virginia Tech


2001 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – John Gamble
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Brad Roll


2001 Miami Dolphins final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
active, inactive, practice squad

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue NFL.com
1 September 9 at Tennessee Titans W 31–23 1–0 Nissan Stadium Recap
2 September 23 Oakland Raiders W 18–15 2–0 Pro Player Stadium Recap
3 September 30 at St. Louis Rams L 10–42 2–1 Trans World Dome Recap
4 October 7 New England Patriots W 30–10 3–1 Pro Player Stadium Recap
5 October 14 at New York Jets L 17–21 3–2 Giants Stadium Recap
6 Bye
7 October 28 at Seattle Seahawks W 24–20 4–2 Husky Stadium Recap
8 November 4 Carolina Panthers W 23–6 5–2 Pro Player Stadium Recap
9 November 11 at Indianapolis Colts W 27–24 6–2 RCA Dome Recap
10 November 18 New York Jets L 0–24 6–3 Pro Player Stadium Recap
11 November 25 at Buffalo Bills W 34–27 7–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
12 December 2 Denver Broncos W 21–10 8–3 Pro Player Stadium Recap
13 December 10 Indianapolis Colts W 41–6 9–3 Pro Player Stadium Recap
14 December 16 at San Francisco 49ers L 0–21 9–4 3Com Park at Candlestick Point Recap
15 December 22 at New England Patriots L 13–20 9–5 Foxboro Stadium Recap
16 December 30 Atlanta Falcons W 21–14 10–5 Pro Player Stadium Recap
17 January 6 Buffalo Bills W 34–7 11–5 Pro Player Stadium Recap


AFC East
(2) New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 371 272 W6
(4) Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 344 290 W2
(6) New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 308 295 W1
Indianapolis Colts 6 10 0 .375 413 486 W1
Buffalo Bills 3 13 0 .188 265 420 L1


Wild Card vs Ravens

Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue NFL.com
Wild Card January 13, 2002 Baltimore Ravens (5) L 3–20 0–1 Pro Player Stadium TBA

AFC: Baltimore Ravens 20, Miami Dolphins 3

Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 0 7 7620
Dolphins 3 0 003

at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida

The Ravens recorded 222 rushing yards, while limiting the Dolphins to 151 total yards and nine first downs, while forcing three turnovers and three sacks. Baltimore running back Terry Allen ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Elvis Grbac completed 12 of 18 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Throughout the day, the Dolphins were unable to move the ball on the ground. Running backs Travis Minor and Lamar Smith were held to a combined total of 20 yards on 11 carries, while quarterback Jay Fiedler ended up as the leading rusher with 16 yards. In contrast, the Ravens called 50 running plays, gained 222 rushing yards, and held the ball for 38 minutes.

The Dolphins' only score was Olindo Mare's 33-yard field goal just two minutes into the game, after linebacker Tommy Hendricks recovered a fumble from Baltimore's Jermaine Lewis on the opening kickoff. In the second quarter, the Ravens finished a 17-play, 90-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run from Allen to take a 7–3 lead. Baltimore later had a chance to increase their lead before halftime when linebacker Peter Boulware recovered Minor's fumble on the Dolphins 41-yard line, but their ensuing drive ended without points when Matt Stover missed a 40-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the half.

Later in the game, Grbac led the Ravens on a 99-yard scoring drive, featuring a 45-yard completion to Travis Taylor on third down and 1. Taylor finished the drive with a 4-yard touchdown catch to give the Ravens a 14–3 lead with 1:20 left in the third quarter.

Early in the final quarter, Boulware forced a fumble while sacking Fiedler that Ravens lineman Sam Adams recovered on the Dolphins 37-yard line, leading to Stover's 35-yard field goal with 11:26 left in the game. The Dolphins responded with a drive to the Ravens 41. On first and 10, Fiedler's 40-yard pass to James McKnight at the Ravens 5-yard line bounced off the receiver's shoulder and was intercepted by defensive back Duane Starks, who returned the ball 26 yards to the 28-yard line. Baltimore's offense subsequently drove 50 yards and took 6:30 off the clock, including five carries by Jason Brookins for 36 yards, setting up Stover's second field goal to put the game away.


  1. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/mia/2001.htm
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 61

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