Rizzi, 48, had continued three different head coaches during an impressive 10-year run in Miami. And he interviewed to get the Dolphins’ head coaching job until they chose to hire Brian Flores instead.
The Saints, meanwhile, decided to move on in their trio of special teams trainers — veteran ace Mike Westhoff, Bradford Banta and Kevin O’Dea — despite their improvement in several special teams areas when they coaxed Westhoff out of retirement because a midseason replacement in 2017.
Westhoff, that turned 71 last month, he recently told NOLA.com he had not decided yet whether he had been going to come back in 2019. But he plans to retire after he had been”amazed and very disappointed” that the Saints chose to fire Banta and let O’Dea’s contract die.
Westhoff was once considered a pioneer at the special teams game during his longtime stints with the Dolphins and also nyc Jets out of 1986-2012 until he murdered the first time.
The Saints have among the NFL’s best punters at Thomas Morstead and something of the best kickers at Wil Lutz — they also led the league in net punting average in 20-19 while allowing a total of just 60 punt-return metres. They also turned backup quarterback Taysom Hill to a specific teams celebrity within the previous couple of years, including a blocked punt, a 47-yard kick off return and three powerful fake punts in 2018.
However, that the Saints’ yield components have been only average, with not one more than 50 yards and no yield touchdowns this past season. And they ended to a low note by allowing a fake punt to reverse the wave of their NFC Championship Game loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Additionally, it is possible that the Saints wanted to pounce to a standout trainer such as Rizzi once he became available.
Rizzi began his tenure while current Saints assistant general director Jeff Ireland had been the Dolphins’ general director. He functioned coach Dan Campbell when Campbell had been Miami head coach throughout the 2015 season. Rizzi also held the title of partner head coach or assistant head trainer with the Dolphins within the previous four years.
The Dolphins led the NFL with 10 blocked punts within the previous eight years. And they ranked fourth in 2018 in longtime NFL writer Rick Gosselin’s annual specific teams ranks (though the Saints ranked moment ).
Before joining the Dolphins’ staff in 2009, Rizzi functioned at the University of New Haven and the University of Rhode Island , one of other college jobs.