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Quick Out: Buffalo Bills opponent review — Miami Dolphins

The AFC East division title is on the line

Miami Dolphins v Buffalo Bills Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills head into the final week of the 2023 season with their playoff fate on the line. The team will travel to South Florida to face the Miami Dolphins with the AFC East division title on the line. Let’s get caught up with Miami’s roster and coaching staff.


2023 Season Summary

The Dolphins are 11-5, and first in the AFC East as well as second overall in the AFC. They are fresh off a huge loss to the Baltimore Ravens, which created the AFC East Championship game we have this weekend.

Head Coach: Mike McDaniel

McDaniel is in his second season as head coach of the Miami Dolphins — his first NFL head coaching gig. Prior to taking the reins in Miami, McDaniel was with the San Francisco 49ers for five seasons. He has a 20-13 (0.606%) regular-season record.

Offensive Coordinator: Frank Smith

Smith joined the Dolphins alongside McDaniel in 2022 as the offensive coordinator. He was the running game coordinator and offensive line coach for the Los Angeles Chargers previously. Miami’s offense is ranked first in yards and first in points.

Defensive Coordinator: Vic Fangio

Fangio has been coaching football since before Mike McDaniel was born. He was a high school position coach at that time, but his first NFL coaching job came in 1986. He has three seasons’ worth of experience as a head coach and this is his 20th season as a defensive coordinator. He was the head coach of the Denver Broncos and has been the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, and now the Miami Dolphins. His defense is ranked ninth in yards allowed and 21st in points allowed.

Offensive Starters

  • QB: Tua Tagovailoa
  • RB: Raheem Mostert*
  • WR: Tyreek Hill*
  • WR: Jaylen Waddle*
  • FB: Alec Ingold
  • TE: Durham Smythe
  • LT: Terron Armstead*
  • LG: Lester Cotton*
  • C: Liam Eichenberg*
  • RG: Robert Hunt*
  • RT: Austin Jackson*
    * Limited/DNP in Thursday’s practice

Defensive Starters

  • DT: Christian Wilkins
  • DT: Raekwon Davis
  • DT: Zach Sieler
  • LB: Andrew Van Ginkel
  • LB: Duke Riley*
  • LB: David Long Jr.*
  • LB: Cameron Goode
  • CB: Xavien Howard*
  • CB: Jalen Ramsey
  • S: Jevon Holland*
  • S: DeShon Elliott
    * Limited/DNP in Thursday’s practice