Dallas Cowboys’ special teams coach Joe DeCamillis isn’t shy in letting the players on his unit know the difference between the right way of doing things and wrong way. On Monday night, DeCamillis saw the New England Patriots do just about everything right on special teams. In their primetime game against the Miami Dolphins, the Pats returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and blocked a field goal and a punt.
DeCamillis returned to Valley Ranch on Wednesday with a clear image of the difference between a good special teams unit (the Patriots) and a bad unit (the Dolphins), and the possible result when the former so dominates the latter (a 48-17 New England victory). After the whipping, the Dolphins fired their special teams coordinator on Tuesday, no small result of the Patriots playmaking abilities in the often-forgotten special teams facet of the game.
It’s not that Dallas has been bad on special teams, per se; but they haven’t proved the playmakers coaches want them to be. In that regard, the Patriots’ performance on Monday night was a clinic.
"We look at all those things sure," head coach Wade Phillips said, per ESPN Dallas. "But it's more positive note than a negative note in a way to present things."
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