Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The coin toss before an NFL football game isn't filled with much fanfare, with the exception of overtime, conference championship games and the Super Bowl. In fact, it's not even televised during the regular season. For Joe Philbin and the rest of the Dolphins coaching staff, the coin toss plays a huge role into how they attack each game and how they begin both the first half and the second half.
“It changes. We study and we look at that. We get together, we talk about the coin toss as a staff, I do with the coordinators, and we study the last six or eight times that our opponent has won the toss and what they’ve done," Philbin said. "Usually, when you study that, some teams always defer, but that’s not usually the case. There are always some reasons and sometimes it might be wind. Sometimes, it might be you don’t want to give their offense another possession. Again, I’m not in their brains, but I don’t know if it’s rock solid that (the coin toss) will always be deferred.”
Some were surprised when the Dolphins won the toss on Sunday and deferred to the New England Patriots but Philbin said that they studied the results and deferring gave them the best chance to start off Sunday's game. As we all saw, Tom Brady and the offense went three and out, which resulted in a blocked punt and then a quick touchdown to start the game.
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