Saints Officially Hire Darren Rizzi As Special Teams Coordinator


The New Orleans Saints announced Monday that they’ve officially hired Darren Rizzi as their special teams coordinator under HC Sean Payton.

The move was reported a few weeks ago, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise. 

The Saints plan to overhaul their special teams staff that consisted 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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