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Dolphins fire special teams coach

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  October 5, 2010 11:46 AM

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It should probably come as no surprise that there is fallout in Miami this morning after Dolphins' special teams were dominated in the Patriots' 41-14 victory. But the repercussions sure were swift.

Dolphins special teams coach John Bonomego has been fired, hours after his unit allowed a 103-yard kick return by Brandon Tate, a Patrick Chung blocked punt that led to a touchdown, and a blocked field goal attempt by Chung that was returned by Kyle Arrington for another score.

The Dolphins also had a punt blocked by the Jets last week.

They did it again,” Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said after the game. “This time from a different spot.”

When asked if the problem on the special-teams meltdown was coaching or the players, Sparano replied, "Next question."

Bonamego had been with the Dolphins since 2008, Sparano's first season. He has been a special terms coach in the NFL for 12 years with three teams. He held the position for the Saints for two years, for three seasons in Green Bay, and four with the Jaguars.

According to the Miami Herald, former Rhode Island head coach and Northeastern assistant Darren Rizzi has been promoted to replace Bonamego.

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