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Report: Jets hiring Colts' Brant Boyer as special teams coach

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According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the New York Jets are hiring Colts' assistant special teams coach Brant Boyer as their special teams coach.

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The Colts will have a very different coaching staff in 2016 after making several moves this offseason, and it appears they now have one more spot to fill.  According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the New York Jets are hiring Colts' assistant special teams coach Brant Boyer as their special teams coach.

Boyer spent the past four seasons with the Colts in his position as the assistant special teams coach and had a lot of success in Indianapolis.  In 2013, long snapper Matt Overton made the Pro Bowl, while in 2014 kicker Adam Vinatieri and punter Pat McAfee both made the Pro Bowl and were both named first-team All-Pros.  Boyer, along with special teams coach Tom McMahon, oversaw the league's best kicking duo and helped the unit to new heights.  McAfee set (and re-set) several franchise records, while Vinatieri has enjoyed the best statistical stretch of his career.  Overton was signed in 2012 and the team stuck with him as the long snapper, developing him into a very reliable player.  The return game has been a struggle in Indy, but the special teams unit as a whole has been tremendous.

Before his time coaching the Colts, Boyer was a training camp coaching intern with the Cleveland Browns (2009) and New York Giants (2010).  He had a long NFL career as a player, as the Arizona State product played ten seasons in the league with the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Cleveland Browns.  The linebacker played in 129 career games and recorded 250 tackles, 13 sacks, six interceptions, a forced fumble, and 15 passes defensed after being a sixth round pick of the Dolphins in 1994.  He was terrific on special teams, being named a captain in that area with both the Jaguars and Browns and leading his team in special teams tackles twice.

The Jets will now have their fourth different special teams coach of the last four seasons, so hopefully Boyer will have more success there than his predecessors.  If his time in Indianapolis is any indication, this should turn out to be a good hire by the Jets.