Miami Dolphins interim head coach possibilities

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Sep 28, 2014; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Miami Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi reacts against the Oakland Raiders in the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

For Ross the idea of promoting special team coach Darren Rizzi might just be his best move of all. Rizzi’s special teams unit has been very good and Joe Philbin tends to gravitate towards him during the game. Some have speculated that Philbin leans on Rizzi for advice during game situations. One thing is for certain however. Of all the in-house coaching candidates, Rizzi has the most respect from both sides of the team.

Rizzi is the only coach not named Philbin that has regular contact with both defensive and offensive players. The players love playing for him and he has very good football acumen. Rizzi has head coaching experience as well. He coached the division II New Haven Chargers for three years and Rhode Island for one. While neither team had much success he brings to the table something that the other candidates in house do not.

Rizzi is not likely going to be a head coaching candidate anytime soon but if he were to take over the Dolphins now he would have 12 games to turn the team around and prove that he has what it takes to be a head coach in the NFL. Or at the very least show his value to the owner.

If Rizzi were promoted, Bill Lazor would retain the duties of offensive coordinator which would keep one thing consistent on the team. It’s likely that Kevin Coyle would be gone as well and the Dolphins could promote an assistant into the position for the rest of the year. With Rizzi leading the team we would get a better idea of what exactly Bill Lazor can bring to the offense as well.

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