What Miami Dolphins associate head coach Darren Rizzi said Thursday

Dolphins associate head coach and special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

What Darren Rizzi, the Dolphins’ associate head coach and special teams coordinator, said Thursday:

  • On the Falcons’ botched punt in the fourth quarter: Says Dolphins have done a good job of pressuring punters and kickers this season, including previous punt by Atlanta. “Terrence Fede, to give him credit on both punt and field-goal rush units, has put some good stuff on film.” Says opponents “no doubt are finding out where he is.” Atlanta’s long snapper had trouble with Chase Allen before and tried to get out snap stance too early. “You can see clearly” that Fede pressured him and the ball did not hit anybody, whether it’s snapper’s legs or upback’s. “Obviously it was a huge play in the game.”
  • Says “we’re really, really close” of having a big play in the return game.
  • Says, “I think we’re a completely different team” than the one that lost to the Jets in Miami’s second game of the year. “We obviously didn’t execute that day, that’s the bottom line.”
  • On WR Rashawn Scott: “We throw him right back into the mix” on special teams. “We felt like last year he was a core contributor” on special teams. Scott just returned to practice Wednesday.
  • More Fede: “His evolution has been huge because here’s a guy that played I-AA football (at Marist) and had never played special teams before.” Said Fede did a nice job in offseason preparing for this season. “I was a big supporter of him making the team because of the way he had been playing. … There’s a lot of things he can do. He’s a valuable guy. When he first got here he was a raw athlete who hadn’t done it.”

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