Saints Hiring Darren Rizzi As Special Teams Coordinator



Barry Jackson reports that the Saints have agreed to terms with Darren Rizzi to be their next special teams coordinator.

Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media reports that the Saints are expected to move on from their special teams coaching staff.

According to Kinkhabwala, former Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi is someone to keep an eye on for the Saints’ coordinator job. In fact, Kinkhabwala says it’s “looking likely” that this will be where Rizzi lands.

Ian Rapoport confirms that the Saints have made an offer to Rizzi and a deal should be done soon. 

The Saints’ special teams staff consists of Mike Westhoff, Bradford Banta and Kevin O’Dea.

Rizzi actually interviewed for the Dolphins’ head-coaching and met with the Packers regarding their coordinator job.

Rizzi, 48, began his coaching career at Colgate back in 1993. He worked for a number of schools before being hired as Rhode Island’s head coach for the 2008 season.

Rizzi lasted just one year at Rhode Island and led the team to a record of 3-9 before he was replaced.

The Dolphins hired Rizzi as their special teams coordinator in 2010 and he’s remained in the position ever since.

According to FootballOutsiders, the Dolphins’ special teams unit ranked No. 21 in the league.

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