Packers break talks with Rizzo

Special teams coor. to meet with other teams

Mike Clemens
January 16, 2019 - 4:26 pm

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Green Bay, WI - The Green Bay Packers have ended talks with former Miami Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi.

He is expected to interview with other teams in the league. 

Rizzi, 48, became the special teams coordinator of the Miami Dolphins in 2010 under then head coach Tony Sparano, and continued in that role under two more head coaching changes, Joe Philbin, and Adam Gase. Rizzi was a finalist in the recent interviews for head coach of the Dolphins. Under his guidance the Dolphins ranked among the top ten teams in the NFL in special teams performance. Rizzi may be able to command a salary making him one of the highest paid assistants in the league. 

The Packers have also fired quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr. after just one season. Cignetti is the son of  Frank Cignetti Sr., the longtime head coach of the IUP Crimson Hawks football team at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1989 Cignetti Jr. befriended Mike McCarthy when both were unpaid graduate assistants for Pitt head coach Paul Hackett. Most recently Cignetti served as the quarterbacks coach of the New York Giants from 2016-17 under head coach and former McCarthy assistant Ben McAdoo, who was fired at the end of the 2017 season.  READ MORE