1983 Miami Dolphins schedule

Season statistics

Offense Defense
Record Playoff record Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
12-4-0 0-1 5516 3238 2278 32 335 5373 3185 2188 44 309
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The Miami Dolphins' eighteenth season was in 1983, and it was the fourteenth season Don Shula served as the head coach of the team. The Dolphins played their home games at Miami Orange Bowl. They finished the year 12-4-0 in the regular season, en route to winning the AFC East, but they lost their first playoff game to the Seattle Seahawks 27-20. At the end of the season, Doug Betters was awarded with the AP Defensive Player of the Year award.


Week Opponent Score Notes
Week 1 @ Buffalo Bills 12-0
Week 2 New England Patriots 34-24
Week 3 @ Los Angeles Raiders 14-27
Week 4 Kansas City Chiefs 14-6
Week 5 @ New Orleans Saints 7-17
Week 6 Buffalo Bills 35-38
Week 7 @ New York Jets 32-14
Week 8 @ Baltimore Colts 21-7
Week 9 Los Angeles Rams 30-14
Week 10 @ San Francisco 49ers 20-17
Week 11 @ New England Patriots 6-17
Week 12 Baltimore Colts 37-0
Week 13 Cincinnati Bengals 38-14
Week 14 @ Houston Oilers 24-17
Week 15 Atlanta Falcons 31-24
Week 16 New York Jets 34-14


Week Opponent Score Notes
Divisional Round Seattle Seahawks 20-27

1983 Miami Dolphins Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Don Shula Assistant Head Coach-Defense: Bill Arnsparger Running Defense Coordinator: Mike Scarry Wide Receivers Coach: David Shula Offensive Line Coach: John Sandusky Offensive Backs Coach: Carl Taseff Defensive Line Coach: Mike Scarry Defensive Backs Coach: Tom Keane Special Teams Coach: Bob Matheson Punting Coach: Tom Keane Strength and Flexibility: Junior Wade