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April 1998

April 1998


Extraordinary Success Miami's Onside Kicking Game

by: Mike Westhoff
Special Teams Coach Miami Dolphins
© April 1998

At Miami, we teach and use the onside kick in two specific ways: (1) a "surprise" kick where we attempt to catch our opponents off guard; and (2) the desperation situation-the typical onside kick circumstance where you have to get the ball back. We have been exceptionally efficient in this phase of the game. As a matter of fact, during 1997 in our game versus New England (November 23, 1997), our kick coverage team recovered an NFL record three in the same game. I am convinced our success is due to our planning and the dedicated way we practice it in a full-speed manner during training camp and in-season.


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The Surprise Onside Kick

With the surprise kick, we execute from a regular kickoff formation and, if all goes according to plan, it will be a surprise to the receiving team. We want to tr....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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