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Bobby April, two others, fired by Jets

The New York Jets fired three from their coaching staff on Wednesday.

Just two days after saying he didn't expect any changes to his coaching staff, it appears as if Jets head coach Todd Bowles has had a change of heart. 

On Wednesday, the team announced the firings of special teams coordinator Bobby April, assistant special teams coach Steve Hagen and assistant offensive line coach Ron Heller. 

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

April, whose first season with the Jets was his 24th in the NFL coaching special teams, led a unit that struggled mightily in 2015. New York allowed opponents an average of 23.8 yards per kick return and 12.6 yards per punt return (third-worst in the NFL). the Jets also allowed two punt return touchdowns, including an 89 yarder by Eagles returner Darren Sproles

As for the Jets themselves, New York averaged only 20.8 yards per kick return and 8.6 yards per punt. The team did not return a punt or a kick for a score. 

While this was April's first year, Hagen and Heller were both in their third seasons. The Jets have not yet announced corresponding moves. 



Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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