Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
It isn’t often that you see a lot of trick plays throughout an NFL game. Often, those types of plays are reserved for the youth, high school and college levels. However, that doesn’t mean that Bill Lazor hasn’t thought of a few for the Miami Dolphins to surprise the opposing defense at the right time.
“We try to install some plays in the spring and in training camp. For example, some reverses and double reverses. We try to install some plays that maybe are unusual or unique, and we install them all of the time. We run them against our defense in hope that our players view them as normal plays. If you call them on third-and-eight and you don’t get eight, you think it’s a bad play. But if you call a reverse to Mike Wallace on first-and-10 and you get five yards, well, you’re happy with a 5-yard run. Everyone wants a touchdown with it, but I think if our guys view those plays as just a little different but just part of the playbook, then they’ll execute them. There isn’t a huge amount of pressure on them and hopefully we’re adding to the repertoire of what people have to defend. It’s easy to get the ball in the running backs hand. It’s not always easy to make it effective, but you can put the ball in his hand. Some of the other guys, it’s not always easy to put it in their hand because coverage can dictate when you can throw it to them. Some of those other different plays give you a chance to give them the ball, get them involved. Sometimes, they’ll be big plays.”
Lazor said that he would always consider adding more trick plays as the season went on, especially if he saw something in another team that makes the opposing defense vulnerable to one of those plays.
“I’m not against anything. I guess it’s hard for you to ask the question until you see how big the list already is. We’ve got to make decisions on how much we can practice and feel good about executing weekly. Hopefully, we’re doing a good job as coaches of not making it easy to defend us as far as what we’re putting out on the table for them.”