Eagles hire April to coach special teams

Posted Jan. 14, 2010 @ 11:55 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Eagles landed highly regarded special-teams coordinator Bobby April, signing him before the Redskins or any other team could land him.

The Bills' special teams have ranked consistently high since 2004, when April joined the team. He's a veteran of 18 seasons in the league, making it to Super Bowls with the Steelers and Rams.

"Bobby April has proven himself as one of the top special-teams coaches in this league," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. "I have spoken with many coaches and players who have worked with and played under Bobby directly and they have had nothing but the highest regard for him in terms as a coach and as a person. We look forward to adding him to our coaching staff and building upon the excellent job our special teams did last year."

The Redskins were believed to be very interested in April, but their division foes swept in first. Three current Eagles have played for April, including LS Jon Dorenbos, who played with the Bills in ’04.

The Eagles fired special-teams coordinator Ted Daisher and also terminated the contracts of strength-and-conditioning coach Mike Wolf and assistant strength-and-conditioning coach Jay Merlino.

"We appreciate the efforts and contributions of those three men," Reid said. "I have the highest regard for Ted as a special-teams coach and as a person. He's an excellent football coach and the numbers and production on the field this past year proved that. We just decided to go in another direction."