BIG, STRONG, NASTY and did I mention BIG, these are some of the main attributes you hear when speaking of talented defensive tackles around the league. Defensive Tackle is a position on the field where if you want to succeed you need to be a dominant figure. Although the Dolphins haven’t sent any D tackles to the Hall of Fame, there are a couple of names that have left their imprint in Dolphins history.
1) Bob Baumhower- (1977-1986)
Some of you young kids (I’m 22 an old man) out there might not have ever heard of Bob, but Baumhower was a HOF caliber player. Perhaps not the most well known defensive tackle in team history, Baumhower was certainly the most impactful. Most would consider Baumhower the anchor behind the Dolphins Killer “B’s” defense. Throughout his career Bob made 5 different pro bowls and was considered an elite DT during his playing years. Baumhower helped lead the 82 Dolphins to the Super Bowl. During that run the Dolphins D was ranked number one in the NFL. Baumhower then again helped lead the Dolphins back to the Super Bowl in 85 but was past his prime at the time and we all know what happened next.
Probably a little better known then Bob, Manny was also a dominant force for Miami as a member of the most historic Dolphins Defense ever. (NO NAME Defense) There is a saying that big players play big in big games (LEBRON anyone? If you’re remembered by how you play on the biggest stage then it’s almost impossible not to remember Manny Fernandez. In Super Bowl VII, Manny had maybe the greatest game by a defensive tackle ever, racking up 17 tackles and a sack in a truly remarkable game for him. Dolphins Hall of Famer, Nick Buoniconti said, “It was the game of his life–in fact, it was the most dominant game by a defensive lineman in the history of the game, and he would never be given much credit for it. They should have given out two game balls and made Manny Fernandez the co-MVP with Jake Scott.” Fernandez was able to put up good numbers in the following Super Bowl, recording 5 tackles and 1 sack against the Vikings. The 2 time Super Bowl winning Defensive Tackle was named to Pro Football Weekly’s and USA Today’s All-Time Super Bowl team. Manny will certainly be remembered for how he showed up when it mattered the most.
Bowens was a player that everybody the loved. The fans, the players, the coaches everybody loved Tim. When you saw big 95 on the field you knew exactly what you were getting. Tim was strong, smart, and quick and an ideal fit for Miami. Bowens didn’t waste any time leaving an impression on the organization being awarded Defensive Rookie of the Year in 94. Bowens also a two time Pro Bowler was great friends with Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas which was part of the reason why the Dolphins D worked so well together in the 90’s. Bowens unfortunately was never part of a Super Bowl team however but will be remembered highly by Dolfans.