Dave Hyde Sun Sentinel Columnist http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miam ... ?track=rss
7:51 p.m. EDT, October 14, 2012
How about a big round of applause for gutsy football coaching?
What a triumphant return it made to Sun Life Stadium on Sunday after years in exile dating back to the oft-stated Wannstedt-ian philosophy that, "It's not bad if a series ends on a kick."
Let's define "gutsy" properly, too: You'd be ripping Dolphins coach Joe Philbin today if his call for a fake punt didn't work out. That's not finger-pointing at you (and you and you). I'd be ripping him, too.
Everyone is so mind-numbingly conditioned to thinking inside the box in the NFL the surprise wasn't even on the Doppler radar. Even from those it should have been.
"Yeah, that's on me,'' Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said. "I didn't think that they would do that or I would have left the defense out there. That was a great play."
"I hadn't run the ball since high school,'' Clemons said.
"You've got to have faith in the players,'' Philbin said. "If you're going to spend the time practicing something, hopefully you believe in it. And we felt it was the right time to do it."
Safety Chris Clemons had the final call on the play. He lined up as a blocking back on the punt team. He read the defensive alignment to ensure they were as expected.
"I told them all week if we used it I was going to score,'' Clemons said. "I wasn't able to do that."
The most remarkable part is Philbin made that gusty decision six games into his NFL coaching career