TORONTO - They don’t mess around with the blame game down in Miami.
Less than 10 hours after the Fish had one of the worst special teams performances in the history of football — OK, we didn’t look it up, but it has to be right up there — special teams coach John Bonamego paid with his job.
Tony Sparano, a no-nonsense type of guy, made the announcement Tuesday morning as he sat down with the media to go over the night before’s debacle.
The Dolphins had a field goal attempt blocked and returned for a touchdown, had a kickoff returned for a touchdown and a punt blocked that led to another touchdown.
“This was a tough decision,” Sparano said. “I thank Bono for all he’s done. Players need to take responsibility too.”
This is the kind of statement that has coaches and coordinators spitting out their morning coffee.
‘Players need to take responsibility too.’ Unfortunately for Bonamego and his like, it’s much easier to fire the coach than to go out and find a bunch of players to fill special teams roles.
All Sparano had to do when he went looking for Bonamego’s replacement was tap assistant special teams coach Darren Rizzi on the shoulder and tell him he had just been promoted.
The same Rizzi who no doubt sat in on every special teams meetings and contributed to the special teams game plan that put Bonamego out on the street.
And no, Bonamego is not a relative. The blame, not to mention the punishment, just seems misguided in this case.