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Family of Late Dolphins Coach Don Shula Asks for Contributions to Go To the Don Shula Fund

Miami Dolphins fans continue to mourn the Monday passing of legendary coach Don Shula, who died at his home at the age of 90.

The Dolphins today sent out a tweet imploring fans not to send flowers, and for contributions be sent to The Don Shula Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Don Shula Passes Away at the Age of 90

He will go down as the greatest coach in Miami Dolphins history, and his legacy as the current winningest coach in the NFL is cemented.

For Don Shula, he died Monday morning peacefully and with family by his side, the perfect way for the family man to slip into eternity.

“Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years,” the statement said.

“He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne along with his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike.”

Shula won a staggering NFL-record 347 games, which includes wins in the postseason.

He was on the sidelines for the only undefeated season in NFL history in 1972 as the Dolphins went 17-0, beating the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII.

The Dolphins repeated as champions the next season, beating the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 in Super Bowl VIII, the third straight title game Miami had played in; the Dolphins lost 24-3 to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI.

Overall Shula led Miami to five Super Bowls, going 2-3 total, his last coming in 1985 as the Dolphins fell to Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49’ers 38-16 in Stanford.

“Today is a sad day,” Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel said in a statement.

“Coach Shula was the rare man who exemplified true greatness in every aspect of his life. He will be so missed by so many but his legacy of character and excellence will endure. All my best to Mary Anne and the Shula family.”

By the time he resigned as Dolphins coach after the 1995 season, Shula had been an NFL head coach for 33 seasons, 26 with Miami. Only two of his Dolphins teams finished below .500 during those 26 seasons.

He finished with an overall coaching record of 347-173-6 (73-26-4 with Baltimore).

Shula was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. He, George Halas and Bill Belichick are the only coaches in NFL history to win more than 300 games.

“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Coach Shula. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mary Anne and their entire family.

The Hall of Fame flag will fly at half staff and we will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations,” Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement.

John Madden remains as the only great coach of the 1970’s that is still alive. Shula watched as some of his fellow coaches have passed on including Chuck Noll (Pittsburgh), George Allen (Washington), and Tom Landry (Dallas).

Dolphins Send Edge Rusher Charles Harris to Atlanta

The Dolphins agreed to trade edge rusher Charles Harris to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2021 seventh-round pick, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN reports.

Harris, a 2017 first-round pick out of Missouri, totaled 3.5 sacks over 41 games (eight starts) with Miami. The Dolphins attempted to move Harris to a 3-4 outside linebacker role in 2019 after his early struggles as a 4-3 defensive end, but he registered just a half-sack in 14 games (five starts) last season.

Friday’s move comes just one day after the Dolphins released defensive end Taco Charlton.

Harris worked out for the Falcons before the 2017 NFL draft. At the time, Harris said Falcons coach Dan Quinn was “great” and “I like the defense they run.”

Atlanta drafted defensive end Takk McKinley at No. 26 overall in 2017, four spots after Miami selected Harris. On Wednesday, the Falcons declined the fifth-year option on McKinley’s contract.

Dolphins Go QB in Round One, Snag Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa with 5th Pick

After trying several times to move up to #1 to likely take Joe Burrow as their QB of the future, the Dolphins instead shifted to Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa with the 5th overall pick in Thursday’s Draft.
ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe gave his take on why the Fins picked Tua five overall:

The Dolphins haven’t had a Pro Bowl quarterback in 24 years (Dan Marino), and they desperately need Tagovailoa to lead their rebuild. With Burrow off the board at No. 1, the Dolphins took a swing at the most efficient quarterback in college football history in Tagovailoa. He has the accuracy, leadership qualities, anticipation and “it factor” — all things that Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores prioritized in their quarterback search. Tagovailoa has the charisma and talent to lead the Dolphins back to relevance in the AFC.

The ESPN 2020 NFL Draft crew describes how the Miami Dolphins have been struggling at the quarterback position since the days of Dan Marino, then they throw it over to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who reveals the Dolphins have taken former Alabama Crimson Tide QB Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall pick.

Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Dolphins are Underdogs in 13 Games in 2020

The 2019 Dolphins season went a lot differently than most people felt, as the team showed fight all season and their record showed it, as they wound up winning five games.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Fins will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the rundown on what the site expects for Miami in 2020.

Miami Dolphins +5 @ Arizona Cardinals
Miami Dolphins +8 @ Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins +5 @ Denver Broncos
Miami Dolphins -1 @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Miami Dolphins +4 @ Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins +7½ @ New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins +3½ @ New York Jets
Miami Dolphins +11½ @ San Francisco 49ers
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins +3½
Cincinnati @ Miami Dolphins -3½
Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins +7½
Los Angeles Chargers @ Miami Dolphins pk
Los Angeles Rams @ Miami Dolphins +3

Dolphins Told “Thanks But No Thanks” Asking the Bengals About the First Overall Pick

Tonight is finally the NFL Draft, and with it the likely new look for the Dolphins under center, as the team is looking to take a QB for the first time since Ryan Tannehill.

The Dolphins have been doing what they can to move up, as the team made a couple of calls to the AFC North’s Cincinnati Bengals about the first overall pick.

Adam Schefter of ESPN says that there has been more than one call to Cincy about the pick, which will be Joe Burrow of LSU.

The Dolphins called on more than one occasion over the past few weeks but were told by the Bengals that they are not trading the pick and will stay at No. 1, sources said.

Miami has an NFL-high three first-round picks — Nos. 5, 18 and 26 — and has been widely speculated as a possible candidate to trade up in the round. The Dolphins also have a league-high 14 total selections in this draft.

The Dolphins have shown interest in a number of potential first-round quarterbacks, including Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Last week, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said he has gotten to know Tagovailoa and Herbert through the draft process, calling them both “interesting kids.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. predicted that Miami would select Tagovailoa at No. 5, defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw at No. 18 and offensive tackle Josh Jones at No. 26 in Kiper’s most recent mock draft, released Thursday morning.

The Bengals are expected to draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first pick Thursday. Sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini on Wednesday that the Bengals want to wait until they are on the clock to make it official, giving Burrow that special moment when he gets the call from his new team.

For now, the Dolphins are going to have to go back to the drawing board to come up with the player they want in the first round of tonight’s draft.

Video: Watch the Story of How Dolphins Coach Brian Flores Grew Up in Brooklyn

Dolphins coach Brian Flores made quite a positive impression in his first season with the team, and now what we’re in the offseason fans are starting to find out more about the coach in a video series put out by the team.

Here’s a tweet with the three minute video all about the Dolphins coach.

Dolphins to Sign Veteran Tight End Michael Roberts

The Dolphins are adding a veteran tight end to the roster, as Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports the team is bringing in former Lion Michael Roberts.

As Garafolo points out, Roberts missed last season with a shoulder injury which stopped a deal that was supposed to take place which would have sent the tight end to New England.

Roberts had three touchdowns in 2018. He had four workouts the past week.