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Dolphins assistant fired after blowout

DAVIE — The prime-time meltdown by the Dolphins' special teams cost an assistant coach his job.

Only 12 hours after a calamitous performance against the Patriots, the Dolphins fired special teams coordinator John Bonamego on Tuesday.

Special teams cost Miami 21 points in a 41-14 loss Monday night. Two blocked kicks led to touchdowns, and the Patriots returned a kickoff 103 yards for another score.

The Dolphins had a punt blocked a week earlier in a loss to the Jets. The back-to-back division defeats dropped Miami to third in the AFC East.

Assistant special teams coach Darren Rizzi will replace Bonamego, coach Tony Sparano said. Bonamego was in his 12th NFL season and had been with the Dolphins since Sparano became coach in 2008.

"It's a hard decision to make," Sparano said. "I know how hard this guy works. Nobody works harder than him at what he does."

But quarterback Chad Henne won't lose his job. Sparano said he'll stick with Henne despite three interceptions.

While the turnovers hurt, the lapses by Bonamego's units doomed the Dolphins. The Patriots trailed 7-6 when Brandon Tate returned the second-half kickoff untouched for a score. Pat Chung blocked a punt to set up a touchdown then blocked a field goal that Kyle Arrington returned 35 yards for a score and a 34-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Linebacker Tim Dobbins plays on special teams and said he was embarrassed.

"We all should be," he said. "We let the whole team down."

Panthers cut Jarrett after DWI charge

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers released receiver Dwayne Jarrett, hours after his second arrest on a charge of driving while impaired in less than three years.

Jarrett had 35 catches and one touchdown in four seasons with the Panthers.

"I talked to Dwayne and told him the situation here is just not working out for either side," general manager Marty Hurney said.

Jarrett, 24, was pulled over on Interstate 77 in Charlotte for speeding shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, police said. He declined to take a breath test to determine his blood-alcohol content, and results of the ensuing blood test won't be known for several weeks. He was released on $2,000 bond.

Jarrett was arrested in March 2008 in a Charlotte suburb after police say he crossed the center line and ran a red light. The police report said Jarrett's blood-alcohol level was 0.12. He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired three months later, was fined $420 and ordered to perform community service.

The Panthers replaced Jarrett with David Clowney, claimed off waivers from the Jets.

Ex-Buc Dunn honored: Former Bucs running back Warrick Dunn was named the fifth recipient of the Heisman Humanitarian Award, given to athletes who serve their community and improve lives of others. Dunn started the Homes for the Holidays program in 1997 and the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation in 2002.

Trades: The Bills sent running back Marshawn Lynch to the Seahawks for two undisclosed draft picks. The Seahawks released running back Julius Jones to clear a roster spot. … The Vikings shipped defensive end Jayme Mitchell to the Browns for a late-round 2012 draft pick, ESPN and Cleveland's Plain Dealer reported.

Moss trade?: FoxSports.com reported that the Patriots are in talks to trade receiver Randy Moss to the Vikings, but the Boston Herald reported that the Patriots said "there is no trade."

Bears: Defensive end Charles Grant signed a one-year deal.

Colts: Safety Melvin Bullitt will miss the rest of the season with a right shoulder injury. He will have surgery then be placed on injured reserve. Rookie kick returner Devin Moore (neck) will go on injured reserve.

Falcons: Linebacker Robert James, suspended for the first four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, was waived.

Jaguars: Veteran quarterback Todd Bouman was released.

Redskins: Running back Clinton Portis (groin) doesn't expect to play Sunday against the Packers.

Seahawks: Offensive lineman Chester Pitts re-signed, and lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith was released.

Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looked sharp in his first practice since returning from a four-game suspension.

Titans: Defensive end Derrick Morgan, the 16th overall pick this year, went on season-ending injured reserve with a torn left ACL, and defensive tackle Amon Gordon was signed.

Dolphins assistant fired after blowout 10/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:47am]

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