1972 Miami Dolphins "No Name Defense"
|The No-Name Defense led the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the only undefeated season in NFL history. Individually, they may not have been stars but, as a unit, they were one of the best. The No-Name Defense moniker was coined by Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry. Just before his Cowboys were to meet the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Landry was asked a question about the Dolphin' defense, which had only allowed a total of 174 points in the regular season. Landry said "I can't recall their names but they are a matter of great concern to us." From that point forward, the defense crafted by Defensive Coordinator Bill Arnsparger of DE Vern Den Herder, DT Manny Fernandez, DT Bob Heinz, DE Bill Stanfill, LB Doug Swift, LB Nick Buoniconti, LB Mike Kolen, CB Tim Foley, CB Curtis Johnson, SS Jake Scott, and FS Dick Anderson became the No-Name Defense and took their rightful role in NFL historical records. Pictured above: The No-Name Defense.|
|Killer B's 1970 - 1980's|
If you have followed the Miami Dolphins through the years, you know exactly what I’m talking and you know who they are.
Baumhower. Betters. Bokamper. The Blackwood Brothers. Brudzinski. Bowser.
A B-eautiful thing that defense was, and it helped carry the Dolphins a long way from the late 70s through much of the 80s. Two trips to the Super Bowl. Three AFC Championship Games in four years (1982-85). The Killer B’s built a recipe filled with success and accomplishments.
And now they return. Sunday at Dolphin Stadium, many of the B’s will be back again, singled out as the honorary captains in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Killer B’s everywhere. For one day, we should rename the stadium “The B-hive.”
But this story is more than just about a catchy nickname. This is about a group of players who played so well together, who shared an identity (and a poster, among other things) that really caught on under the steady guidance of Don Shula.
You look at each of the B’s individually and they were good players; you look at the Killer B’s as a group and they were something memorable, a piece of this franchise to swallow and savor.