DAVIE, Fla. — Having the punter pass to the place-kicker with eight of their teammates split way wide was the brainchild of Miami Dolphins special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, who says such trick plays tend to percolate in his mind.
“There are always things popping into your head,” Crossman said Tuesday. “The ideas are always floating around for years.”
The play called “Mountaineer Shot” finally made it into a game Sunday, when the Dolphins sprung it on the Philadelphia Eagles after shifting out of field goal formation on fourth down.
Punter Matt Haack, who also holds for place kicks, took a direct snap, rolled to his left and flicked a pass to kicker Jason Sanders for a 1-yard touchdown.