Sonny called his own plays, and he mixed passes to everyone. Check the stats for passes to Jerry Smith, for instance. He was unpredictable, and that made Allen nervous. Allen's game plan, I thought, was to:
- be careful
- crowd the opposition closer and closer to their goal line
- get turnovers
- kick a field goal
Kilmer could throw a nice pass when he wound up and when the ball didn't slip. Pefect TD pass to Smith against the Packers during the playoff game against the Packers before SB 7. Partly a surprise, because Allen used Smith more as a decoy or a blocker.
Jurgensen used everyone, and nobody could predict what he would do. Jurgensen also was the best passer of his era, and probably in modern football. Sam Huff insists that Jurgensen could throw a curve-ball pass...Huff claims that Jurgy did that against him several times in practice. Sonny bent the ball around a defender.
Indelible memory: First Cowboy game in 1972, the game before Sonny snapped his achilles tendon. Cowboys started strong and Redskins bobbled a few handoffs. After five minutes, it was Dallas 13 (TD plus two field goals), Redskins 0.
Sonny strolled to the huddle, called a play, slowly walked to the line while pulling his pants over his beer-belly. Face showed that he had not a care in the world. Took the snap, stood up, and fired a down and out to Jerry Smith -- 20 yards. (who had been ignored when Kilmer started). Slowly walked back for the next play, and hit Larry Brown: another 20 yards.
The Redskins clawed back.
In the 4th Quarter, with a 1st down on about the Dallas 10, everyone expected Sonny to hand to Larry Brown...the Redskins first 1,000 yard rusher, by the way. Instead, Sonny faked to Larry and handed to Charlie Haraway, a lumbering FB but also a fine blocker and pass receiver. Brown threw a perfect cross-body block on the Dallas defender on he left side, folded him up, and Haraway breezed into the endzone without being touched.
That was Sonny's style of play-calling.
After that game, Sonny's completion percentage was about 66%...which nobody came near in those days.
The next game, Sonny went down for the season with he achilles tendon injury. Look at the stats for SB 7, and imagine if Sonny had been mixing plays around.
As CT says, the Dolphins would have lost.