The New Orleans Saints signed longtime Miami Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi to perform the same role in New Orleans.
Rizzi, who has coached special teams with the Dolphins since the 2010 season, interviewed for the Dolphins head coaching position after the team fired Adam Gase. Miami hired Brian Flores instead, prompting Rizzi to look elsewhere. The Saints announced Rizzi’s hire Monday (Feb. 11).
The Saints shook up their special teams staff when they decided to fire coordinator Bradford Banta and allowed Kevin O’Dea’s contract to expire after the 2018 season. Mike Westhoff, who was the de facto special teams coordinator, told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune that he decided to retire.