This is where the Dolphins update their weekly leaguewide ranking in 14 special teams categories, from gross and net punting and punt return averages to the same type of data for kickoff and kickoff returns. Even touchbacks and punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard-line are listed along with field goal percentage for the Dolphins and their opponents.
Egnew, the third-rounder out of Missouri who has yet to be active for a single game this year, probably won't get on the field until he starts to excel at special teams, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman suggested at his weekly availability Monday.
No individual names are on that big board, which was the brainchild of special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi, but the message it sends is unmistakable.
Special teams matter just as much here as they do with the
When I asked Dolphins coach
"Do we have to get on him?" he said. "You guys not happy?"
Told the board had been properly updated -- which, come to think of it, I"m not sure it has -- Philbin laughed and said, "That's good."
Then he expounded on the reason it even exists, which it never did under
"[Rizzi] likes it," Philbin said. "I want the coordinators to do what they're comfortable with. I was a coordinator once. I tell the position coaches, 'You're the head coach of your position.' I tell the other guys, 'You're the head coach of your unit.' So if you feel that's going to help those guys play better, I'm all for it. As long as it doesn't contradict the overall theme of the program, I'm fine with it."
Asked who besides Jon Amaya (three tackles) has shown himself to be a playmaker on special teams, Philbin mentinoed
He also cited the long-serving group of Fields,
"We've got a lot of guys," Philbin said. "I think our special teams have overall … the direction of that and the production of that in six weeks has been good. Certainly haven't been perfect, but I think there's a lot of guys. I'm probably forgetting some off the top of my head. I think the specialists do a great job. Excelllent work ethic, all three of those guys. Very professional. Like what they've done."