Indianapolis Colts assistant special teams coach Brant Boyer was hired this week as the New York Jets’ special teams coordinator.
Boyer, who was with the Colts for four seasons, becomes the Jets’ fifth special teams coordinator in a decade. He replaces Bobby April, who was recently fired.
The Colts have reportedly hired Citadel defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Maurice Drayton to be Boyer's replacement, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.
The Colts job was Boyer’s first full-time coaching job in the NFL. His ties to Jets head coach Todd Bowles go back to when Bowles was a player in the league for 10 years. He was with the Browns from 2001 to 2003, when Bowles was secondary coach.
The Colts were 20th in ESPN’s special-teams rankings last season, although Boyer was praised for giving undrafted long snapper Matt Overton his chance in the league. Overton, who just completed his fourth season, was signed to a four-year contract extension before 2015. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2013.
Overton posted congratulations on his Facebook page: “Congrats to my coach Brant Boyer on his new opportunity to be the head special teams coach of the New York Jets. 4 years ago he took a chance on me. With his help & belief in me I wouldn't be where I am today & he has helped create a high standard for us & our team. Those guys are lucky to have you. Thank you BB love ya man!”
Boyer, 44, played for the Dolphins, Jaguars and Browns from 1994 to 2003. He was a linebacker used primarily on special teams.
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