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Former Dolphins special teams coordinator Rizzi lands with Saints

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dolphins loss is the New Orleans Saints gain, as former Miami special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi has landed the same gig with the Saints. This ends a protracted saga of where Rizzi might end up, including remaining with the Dolphins under a new coaching staff.

Miami Herald columnist/writer Berry Jackson had the item first on Friday afternoon:

Rizzi has been with the Dolphins since 2011 as special teams coordinator, including for three different head coaches. As we wrote in and around the time that Adam Fase was fired, owner Stephen Ross and GM Chris Greer actually interviewed Rizzi for the head coaching job and he had considerable backing from numerous former and current players.

In the end, the Fins have settled on Patriots defensive assistant Brian Flores to be their new head coach and that will be formally announced after Super Bowl 53 is played on Sunday in Atlanta. It was unclear as to whether Rizzi might stay with Flores as the special teams coordinator.

However, earlier this week it was reported that Flores will be bringing Buffalo special teams coach Danny Crossman with him, as part of his new staff.

Rizzy will get to join the NFC South Champions Saints, who had one of the best special teams in football last season under longtime veteran coach Mike Westhoff. Westhoff, also a former Dolphins special teams coach, came out of retirement at the request of Sean Payton and the Saints management to guide their special teams for a season in 2018.

Besides kicker Will Lutz and returners Alvin Kamara and Tommy Lee Lewis, the Saints development of third quarterback Taysom Hill into a “special teams ace” on kick coverage, etc. has also been impressive.

Rizzi will now reside in the NFC South Division where he will obviously to against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (as well as the Falcons and the Panthers) twice per year.

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