Well, it’s hard to write about the importance of Darren Rizzi being named as Assistant Head Coach, because no one really knows what an Assistant Head Coach does.
It’s hard to judge how much football a special teams coach has to know. Kickoff formations, punt formations, and some occasional fakes, and that’s about it. Although under Joe Philbin, we tried only two trick punts in 4 years, and both times, the offense was in an illegal formation. Those penalties were both declined, because both fakes failed. Gotta give Rizzi some blame there.
But one thing Dolfans noticed over the years was that Philbin and Rizzi talked constantly during games.
You rarely saw Philbin talking to the man in charge of his entire offense (Lazor), but you often saw Philbin talking to the guy in charge of the punter. Never understood that.
Tom Brady didn’t even know the name of New England’s special teams coach, but in Philbinland, such a low-level coach was consulted on offense.
The fact that Philbin relied on Rizzi tells us nothing. Philbin also relied on Mike Sherman and Dion Jordan. No one except Steve Ross trusted Philbin’s judgment. But now that Dan Campbell also sees something good in Rizzi, we may be onto something. Let’s hope he’s a good motivator and tactician. I almost said “good teacher,” and that comes from years of Philbin talking about how he likes to teach the players. Never once said he needs to toughen them up or bench under-performers or anything like that. Campbell said that on Day One, and let’s hope Rizzi agrees.