|2004 Miami Dolphins season|
|Head coach||Dave Wannstedt (resigned during bye week; 1–8 record)|
Jim Bates (Interim)
|Home field||Pro Player Stadium|
|Division place||4th AFC East|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 2004 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 39th overall, and 35th as a member of the National Football League. The Dolphins were unable to improve upon their previous season's output of 10–6, instead only going 4–12 after starting the season 0–6. The team was adversely affected by the premature retirement of their star running back, Ricky Williams, and the trade of holdout defensive end Adewale Ogunleye for wide receiver Marty Booker. With this season record below .500 the team would have their first losing season since 1988.
Despite the disappointing season, the Dolphins, at 2–11 were able to upset the defending Super Bowl champion 12–1 New England Patriots, a memorable game of the Dolphins-Patriots rivalry known as "The Night That Courage Wore Orange", and handed the Patriots their second loss of the season. During Week 6, their match with the Buffalo Bills is the only time in the NFL since 1968 that the last two winless teams have met each other.
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1||September 11, 2004||Tennessee Titans||L 17–7||CBS 1:00pm|
|2||September 19, 2004||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 16–13||ESPN 8:30pm|
|3||September 26, 2004||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 13–3||CBS 1:00pm game was moved to 8:30|
|4||October 3, 2004||New York Jets||L 17–9||CBS 4:15pm|
|5||October 10, 2004||at New England Patriots||L 24–10||CBS 1:00pm|
|6||October 17, 2004||at Buffalo Bills||L 20–13||CBS 1:00pm|
|7||October 24, 2004||St. Louis Rams||W 31–14||FOX 1:00pm|
|8||November 1, 2004||at New York Jets||L 41–14||ABC 9:00pm|
|9||November 7, 2004||Arizona Cardinals||L 24–23||FOX 1:00pm|
|11||November 21, 2004||at Seattle Seahawks||L 24–17||CBS 4:05pm|
|12||November 28, 2004||at San Francisco 49ers||W 24–17||CBS 4:15pm|
|13||December 5, 2004||Buffalo Bills||L 42–32||CBS 1:00pm|
|14||December 12, 2004||at Denver Broncos||L 20–17||CBS 4:05pm|
|15||December 20, 2004||New England Patriots||W 29–28||ABC 9:00pm|
|16||December 26, 2004||Cleveland Browns||W 10–7||ESPN 8:30pm|
|17||January 2, 2005||at Baltimore Ravens||L 30–23||CBS 1:00pm|
"The Night That Courage Wore Orange"
On December 20, the 2–11 Dolphins upset the 12–1 defending Super Bowl champion Patriots on Monday Night Football by a score of 29–28. Late in the game, A. J. Feeley threw a game-winning touchdown to Derrius Thompson on 4th down and 10. Bleacher Report writer Thomas Galicia nicknamed the game "The Night That Courage Wore Orange".
Miami at the Jets in the 2004 season, week 8
|(2) New England Patriots||14||2||0||.875||5–1||10–2||437||260||W2|
|(5) New York Jets||10||6||0||.625||3–3||7–5||333||261||L2|
- 2004 Miami Dolphins
- Last Winless Team in Each NFL season
- Galicia, Thomas (October 4, 2010). "Miami Dolphins-New England Patriots: Greatest Games In The Series". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 8, 2017.