Written by Matthew Cannata. Be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
In Sunday’s game against the Steelers, Jimmy Wilson busted through the line and blocked a punt. For all intents and purposes, the team goal was accomplished and the Dolphins turned that blocked punt into a touchdown. However, for stat geeks and Wilson, they wanted to see what the official ruling would be.
While Wilson thought he had blocked the punt, the official scorer of the game ruled that the ball landed at the line of scrimmage and not before it. Therefore, Wilson would end up being credited with a deflected punt and not a blocked punt.
Wilson, who came into the game with two blocked punts in only his third year, had asked the coaches during the week to send the play to NFL offices for official review. On Friday, Philbin didn’t seem too concerned with it.
“Not at this second, I’m not overly concerned,” Philbin said in a half-joking manner.
The Dolphins did listen to Wilson though and sent it to league offices and that’s when they overturned the ruling of the official scorer on Sunday. This means that Wilson has now tied the franchise record for blocked punts, which was held exclusively by Tim Foley, who played for 11 season. Foley played from 1970 – 1980 and was part of the undefeated team.
If Wilson plays for the Dolphins for a few more years, it seems likely that he will end up breaking the franchise record for blocked punts.