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Bobby April Fired by Jets

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The Jets have announced three assistant coaches will not return to the team in 2016, including special teams coach Bobby April and one of April's assistants.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles has informed special teams coordinator Bobby April, assistant special teams coach Steve Hagen and assistant offensive line coach Ron Heller that they will not return for the 2016 season.

"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."

April has a lot of experience and a good reputation in the league. Special teams were a major weakness for the team in 2015 for virtually the entire season, however. They ended up playing a role in Sunday's season-ending loss to the Bills. There was a lack of performance and some curious personnel decisions, particularly on returns. It is tough to be surprised by the change.