A few weeks ago, it appeared that the Dolphins would be making the ultimate coaching change, when they flirted with a new head coach before firing their current one.
Today, they’ve announced several changes not involving the head coach. (One of the changes, however, involves someone he knows fairly well.)
Three moves involved coaches currently on the staff. Darren Rizzi has been promoted to special-teams coordinator, former UCLA coach Karl Dorrell has been shifted from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach, and Steve Bush has been promoted from offensive quality control coach to receivers coach.
Three new coaches have been hired. Dave Fipp is the new assistant special-teams coach. Former NFL receiver Ike Hilliard will serve as the assistant receivers coach.
And, proving once again that nepotism is alive and well in the NFL (good news, given that Florio Jr. already has vowed to “take my job”), Tony Sparano Jr. has been hired as the teams offensive quality control coach.
Hey, given the barrel over which Sparano has owner Stephen Ross after the P.R. debacle that resulted in Ross failing to land Jim Harbaugh and thus needing Sparano more than ever, the coach should have tried to get jobs for even more family members.