Tag:John Bonamego
Posted on: October 5, 2010 12:02 pm

Fins fire Bonamego after special teams debacle

Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday night, the Patriots eviscerated the Dolphins on special teams, piling up over half their points as either a direct or indirect result of Miami's special teams inability to execute at a level even remotely resembling competent.

On Tuesday, Tony Sparano told John Bonamego, the 'Fins special teams coach, to clean out his office. This isn't surprising to anyone who watched the game; when a unit underperforms as poorly as Miami's special teams did in essentially costing the Dolphins any shot at victory in a critical home game against a division rival, someone's head is going to roll.

Darren Rizzi, assistant special teams coach, will be tasked with helping the Dolphins not be as embarrassing in the future, as he's been promoted to Bonamego's spot.

Sparano apparently feels that Rizzi, who joined the team in 2009 (and therefore isn't as responsible for Miami's shoddy special teams over the past couple of years, theoretically?) can help fix a unit that "ain't all broke."

He'll need to do so quickly if Miami wants to contend in a tough, tough AFC East, but apparently he may receive help in the form of more starters playing on his unit. Oh, yeah, and he has the added bonus of really low expectations.

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