Less than 12 hours after getting blown out at home on Monday Night Football, the Miami Dolphins have fired special teams coach John Bonamego, according to the team.
The Dolphins lost to AFC East foe New England last night 41-14, with the special teams unit being largely to blame. New England blocked a punt and a field goal attempt, running back the field goal block for a touchdown, and scoring a touchdown a few plays after the punt block. The Patriots also ran back the 2nd half kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown.
After the game, Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano called the team overall performance “a mess”. When asked about the special teams execution, Sparano said “Next Question.”
While last night’s performance was especially bad, the Dolphins special teams unit has struggled long term now, having four punts blocked over their last eight games, including a punt block in last week’s home loss on Sunday Night Football versus the New York Jets.
Assistant special teams coach Darren Rizzi will taken over for Bonamego. Miami has a bye week next week.
Bonamego is the second NFL coordinator to be fired after a unit’s poor performance this season. Earlier this year, San Fransisco 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye was fired one day after a 31-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.