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Special Teams Coach Bobby April, two Others cut Loose

By Glenn Naughton

Head coaches aren’t the only ones who find themselves being let go in the days immediately following the end of a team’s NFL season and that was the case today when the Jets cut ties with special teams coach Bobby April and two other assistants.

April, a veteran coordinator who was hired by first-year head coach Todd Bowles, saw his unit struggle mightily throughout the season, allowing key scores in several close games, including a game against the Philadelphia Eagles who got an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown from Darren Sproles in an Eagles 24-17 defeat.

Steve Hagen (assistant special teams) and Ron Heller (assistant offensive line) were also let go.

After having our season-ending meetings with the staff, I decided that changes were necessary in these areas,” Bowles said. “I appreciate their contributions this past season and wish them success in the future.

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This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.

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