Two former New Orleans Saints special teams coaches are on the move in the NFL this offseason.
Bobby April, a native of Chalmette, opted out of the final two years of his contract with the Buffalo Bills. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports that the Washington Redskins are interested in talking to April about assuming the same job with new head coach Mike Shanahan's staff.
An 18-year NFL coaching veteran, April attended Nicholls State University and coached at Chalmette High School (1976-1977), Tulane (1979) and with the Saints (1996-1999). April served in the capacity of Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator with the Buffalo Bills from 2004-2009. He has also coached on the college level at Southern Mississippi, Arizona, USC and Ohio State and in the NFL with Atlanta, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
Under april, the Bills finished first in overall special teams ranking for the third time in five years (2004,2005 and 2008). For his efforts, April was named the 2008 NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year.
Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported this week that San Francisco special teams coordinator Al Everest will be relieved of his duties. Former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan added Everest to his staff in 2007.
Current head coach Mike Singletary was unhappy with Everest's decision to run a reverse on a punt return without his blessing against Seattle this past season. The play resulted in a costly turnover in the Niners' 20-17 loss to the Seahawks on December 6.
Everest served as the special teams coordinator for the Saints from 2000-05 on Jim Haslett's staff and received the 2002 NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year award.
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