Raiders hire former Eagles special teams coach April

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Raiders hire former Eagles special teams coach April
January 20, 2013, 1:25 am

Another member of Andy Reids staff has ended up in the AFC West. Former Eagles special teams coordinator Bobby April was hired to the same position by the Oakland Raiders, the team announced Saturday.

April spent three seasons with the Eagles, whose special teams unit has been mostly a disaster of late. The Eagles ranked 28th in kickoff return yardage last season, and they allowed the second-highest punt return average in the league.

In 2011, the Eagles were 31st in kick return yardage and 28th in punt return yardage.

April is one of the games most respected minds in the special teams department. From 1991 until joining the Eagles in 2010, April spent time coaching special teams for the Falcons, Steelers, Saints, Rams and Bills.

The Raiders are looking to boost their special teams, particularly their punt return unit, which finished dead last in the NFL last season with 5.1 yards per return.

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