The Dolphins announced today they have fired Special Teams coach John Bonamego. He will be replaced by former University of New Haven and Tony Sparano disciple Darren Rizzi.
This move was absolutely necessary. In his tenure as Dolphins special teams coach the unit has gone from serviceable to downright awful. Last night the Fins’ special teams gave up two blocked kicks and a kickoff return for a touchdown. And while it’s worth nothing that Bonamego wasn’t actually on the field last night making those mistakes, it is also worth noting even I could have coached the special teams unit to do that.
Hopefully, Darren Rizzi can use the bye week to overhaul the special teams and even if they never have dynamic kick returners, they will at least learn to tackle and honor their assignments. Last night was flat-out embarrassing. Now it will be 13 days sitting with this feeling before the Dolphins take the field again.