Jets special teams coordinator likely to be Keith Armstrong

By on January 9, 2016

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 5:41 PM

Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong could join Gang Green.JOHN AMIS/AP

The candidate likely to replace former special teams coordinator Bobby April is one of Todd Bowles’ old college teammates: Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.

Bowles tried to hire Armstrong a year ago, but he was still under contract with the Falcons. A source told the Daily News that Bowles now wants to bring a friend onboard that he couldn’t get last year — making Armstrong the obvious favorite to land the job. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Armstrong’s contract with the Falcons is believed to be up soon.

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Bowles and Armstrong were teammates together for three seasons at Temple under Bruce Arians. Armstrong has coached the Falcons’ special teams since 2008 and interviewed for the team’s head coaching position a year ago. He coached special teams for the Dolphins from 2001-2007 and with the Bears from 1997-2000.

The Falcons ranked fourth in kickoff return average and 11th in punt return average in 2015. However, they also ranked 31st in average kickoff return yards and 21st in average punt yards allowed.

The Jets fired April on Wednesday despite Bowles originally saying on Monday that he anticipated his entire staff returning in 2016. However, April was always a candidate to be let go after the Jets were particularly poor on special teams — four touchdowns allowed — in 2015.

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