In their first major move this offseason, the Eagles have hired former Buffalo Bills special teams coach Bobby April. April, widely regarded as one of the league's best special teams coaches, has already expressed his excitement with working with DeSean Jackson as a punt returner, calling him "electric." He will bring his 18 seasons of NFL experience and two special teams coach of the year awards to the coaching staff.
The Philadelphia Eagles have fired Ted Daisher and hired former Buffalo Bills assistant Bobby April to be their special teams coordinator.
April, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the Bills, agreed to a three-year deal. The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with several other teams, had expressed interest in him.
April decided to take the Eagles' offer after coach Andy Reid convinced him that he wanted to make a major commitment to a talented group of special teams players, including wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who made the Pro Bowl as a receiver and a returner.
April is considered one of the league's top special teams coaches and has won several coaching awards. This was the first major move by the Eagles this offseason.
Daisher spent last season with the Eagles after coaching with the Cleveland Browns.
The Eagles also fired strength and conditioning coach Mike Wolf and assistant strength and conditioning coach Jay Merlino.
This is a huge move for Philly, who will look to improve production from their punting unit, which has been lacking of late. Every upgrade is welcome, and it will certainly be exciting to see the changes April will bring to our talented young team.
Thanks to Eaglesgrl5 for breaking the news.