Dolphins make changes to coaching staff

Posted Jan. 26, 2011 @ 1:33 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Dolphins have announced several changes to their coaching staff.

Darren Rizzi, who was an assistant special-teams coach with the Dolphins last season, has been promoted to special-teams coordinator with Dave Fipp filling Rizzi's prior position.

Karl Dorrell makes the switch from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach, with Steve Bush stepping in to coach the wideouts.

Tony Sparano Jr. (offensive quality control) and Ike Hilliard (assistant wide receivers coach) have also joined the staff.

The way we see it

While Rizzi, Fipp, Dorrell and Bush all have extensive coaching experience, Hilliard and Sparano Jr. are getting their first shots in the NFL. Hilliard retired in 2008 after 12 seasons in the league, and has spent the past two years coaching with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL.

Sparano Jr., who is the son of head coach Tony Sparano, comes from the UFL as well, where he coached the Hartford Colonials' defensive line last season.