What Miami Dolphins’ Darren ‘Rocky’ Rizzi said (including head-butt incident)

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Darren Rizzi, the Dolphins’ assistant head coach and special teams coach, met with media Thursday morning. Needless to say, the discussion began with a lighthearted look at the incident late in the Buffalo game in which he was head-butted by the Bills’ Jerry Hughes.

  • “I was clearly trying to be a peacemaker there. Things like that sometimes happen when players come onto your sideline.”
  • Rizzi has not been contacted by the league over the incident.
  • “On to New England.”
  • Many people I know said “I’m too old (to get into such situations).” Adds, “I think a bigger deal made of it than what it was. I was just concerned for our players’ safety.”
  • On Andrew Franks: He had a really, really strong training camp this past summer. And was very consistent. The way the games have unfolded, he hasn’t had a lot of opportunities.
  • The 55-yarder to force OT was the biggest play of the game. He certainly has length strength and range. Says “heck, that’s one of his strengths (longer FGs).”
  • “Any good kicker in this league, early on in their careers — all of them — it’s a learning curve.” Says even Baltimore’s Justin Tucker had peaks and valleys as a young kicker.
  • With Michael Thomas getting more snaps in secondary, coaches will have to discuss how it could affect his duties on special teams. (Thomas is the Dolphins’ special teams captain.)
  • On 55-yarder on if it boosted Franks’ confidence: I think every kicker needs a confidence boost. When you make a big kick in a big spot, it certainly helps your level of confidence. Andrew is unique. He never gets too high or too low. He’s beyond his years in maturity.
  • All of us, a week ago, if asked about a 55-yarder in Buffalo in last few seconds, we’d say it’s tough for any kicker.
  • The Dolphins practice the run-onto-field situation every Saturday, simulating it with a lot less than the 27 seconds they had to get the FG off at the end. Rizzi adds that when you get into situations in which there are fewer than 20 seconds remaining, it’s very tough for a team to get the team on the field and get the kick off.
  • Says Franks kicked a regular ball, not a “K” ball (specifically for kicks), because there was so much happening in so little time. It may have been Franks’ first time trying a FG with a regular ball.
  • Says there are about three “K” balls per team. “It’s a lot different ball.” Says kickers are more comfortable with K balls. Says balls used by QBs are a bit more slick. “I don’t want to get into the PSI thing” (which drew laughs, with this being Patriots week).

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