What Dolphins associate head coach and special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi said.
- Says people remember Cody Parkey for the miss vs. Miami, but he believes Parkey had just met his holder and snapper and that was a factor. “We kind of scratched that game from the equation when we were evaluating him.”
- Says he believes ex-Dolphin Matt Darr will find a home soon because he’s one of the best 32 punters in the country.
- Rizzi knew Parkey as a high school kicker in Jupiter. When Rizzi was coaching in college, he met Parkey at a local kicking camp because South Florida was his recruiting area for Rutgers. Rizzi remembered Parkey, but Parkey didn’t remember meeting Rizzi.
- On all the close games the Dolphins have won: “There’s no doubt about the belief on the sideline. There’s no doubt about it. … Since Adam has gotten here, I had never been a part of a team that believes it was going to win no matter what.” He says winning ways have a “cumulative effect.”
- Credits Jakeem Grant for his punt return to set up the winning drive. Says “we needed every inch.”
- Credits Bobby McCain with pressuring the kicker on the final miss.
- Rizzi says Adam Gase has a good demeanor during games, “kind of like me.” (Yeah, that last part was a joke — Rizzi is as fiery as it gets.)
- Rizzi said he didn’t say anything to Matt Haack after his 19-yard shank. Says Haack’s other two punts were “darn good.”
- Rizzi jokes that when he got on the bus after the game, one staffer said, “What’s our kicker’s name again?” Also says owner Stephen Ross came into the locker room after the game, asked where Parkey’s locker was and talked to him after that winning 54-yarder.