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Titans fire special teams coach Bobby April

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Veteran special teams coach Bobby April is out in Tennessee.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey announced today that he has fired April, four games into a season in which the special teams have suffered mightily. In Sunday’s loss to the Texans, the Titans’ special teams allowed Texans punt returner Will Fuller to score a 67-yard touchdown.

April is in his first year with the Titans but has many years of coaching experience. He has previously been a special teams coach for the Jets, Raiders, Eagles, Bills, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Falcons.

The Titans will replace April with special teams assistant Steve Hoffman.

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39 Responses to “Titans fire special teams coach Bobby April”
  1. nhpats says: Oct 3, 2016 12:52 PM

    Who are the Panthers going to fire and when?

    Have they started “pounding” yet? Did I miss it?

  2. dawsonleery says: Oct 3, 2016 12:56 PM

    Yeah this will fix everything. The Raiders have same amount as wins (2) as the Titans do playing in Nissan stadium the past two years. Pathetic ownership in Tennessee.

  3. sparty0n says: Oct 3, 2016 12:56 PM

    Titans, Jets, Raiders, Eagles, Bills, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Falcons.

    WOW!

  4. superpatriotsfan says: Oct 3, 2016 12:57 PM

    Didn’t this guy rock it when he was the ST coach for the Bills?

  5. superpatriotsfan says: Oct 3, 2016 12:58 PM

    This guy use to be great for the Bills back in the mid to late 2000s, what happened?

  6. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 3, 2016 1:03 PM

    Color me shocked! You’d think by the time April got his 9th special teams coaching job, he’d be pretty good by then?

    Frankly, if the Titans hire you as a coach, you’ve already failed for any number of other teams.

  7. leroyquimby says: Oct 3, 2016 1:04 PM

    Titans, Jets, Raiders, Eagles, Bills, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Falcons.
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    Something tells me he isn’t threatened by this firing at all

  8. eazeback says: Oct 3, 2016 1:04 PM

    don’t worry april….there will be more titans coaches let go in the weeks to come…

  9. kcchefs58 says: Oct 3, 2016 1:04 PM

    This move is total mularkey

  10. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 3, 2016 1:07 PM

    The Titans’ special teams have struggled since 2013 when Alan Lowry was fired by Munchak. … I can’t for the life of me figure out why Lowry (who oversaw standout special teams for 13 consecutive years) is still waiting for an NFL team to call.

  11. waldoampere says: Oct 3, 2016 1:17 PM

    He butchered the Jets special teams after Mike Westhoff left. Not surprising he botched another franchise.

  12. titan104115 says: Oct 3, 2016 1:27 PM

    How about next Titans get rid of Robiskie and Jason Michael? Mariota fared much better with McNulty as his QB Coach. Get some coaches who can coach!

  13. troylok says: Oct 3, 2016 1:28 PM

    April in October?

  14. 6ball says: Oct 3, 2016 1:28 PM

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    The days of sitting back and going a comfortable 4-12 are over in Tennessee. Their new GM, Jon Robinson, comes out of the Patriots system and will hold players and coaches equally responsible when things go south. If Mularkey doesn’t start producing soon, Patriots OC, Josh McDaniels is waiting in the wings.
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  15. woodson28 says: Oct 3, 2016 1:38 PM

    Steve Hoffman? The kicking coach? When did this happen?

  16. captainwhodat says: Oct 3, 2016 1:39 PM

    Titans fire special teams coach Bobby April…that should fix everything, including your franchise qb’s poor play…

  17. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Oct 3, 2016 1:46 PM

    Texans also had a blocked punt for touchdown that was called off because one of the officials mistakenly threw a flag. Texans were screwed on that one.

  18. chippys lost binky says: Oct 3, 2016 1:47 PM

    Perhaps this is the first step in Mularkey’s efforts to fill the accountability hole with bodies in order to cushion the fall when he inevitably lands in it

  19. silverhat78 says: Oct 3, 2016 1:49 PM

    dawsonleery says:
    Oct 3, 2016 12:56 PM
    Yeah this will fix everything. The Raiders have same amount as wins (2) as the Titans do playing in Nissan stadium the past two years. Pathetic ownership in Tennessee.

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    The Raiders are 3-1 and have more wins than the Titans this year.

  20. fanboyarmy says: Oct 3, 2016 1:55 PM

    Wow. Total game changer dude.

  21. Bl00dwerK says: Oct 3, 2016 1:57 PM

    This won’t fix the offense, though. Especially Marcus.

  22. mongo3401 says: Oct 3, 2016 2:05 PM

    I think it’s time to accept Mularkey is the problem in Tenn. his record as a HC including 2 years in Buffalo and up until present is 17-44.

    How many more games will his team have to lose to prove its Tenn HC is one of the major problems

  23. z0inks says: Oct 3, 2016 2:06 PM

    Yesterday was a complete meltdown for Titans ST, directly resulting in ten points for Houston. (Which should have been 17 points, if not for a huge blunder by game officials).

    -punt coverage unit gave up a wide-open lane on resulting in a TD

    -blocked punt was returned for TD, but the Titans lucked out when the play was blown dead in a huge officiating gaffe

    – on 4th & long, Titans punt coverage unit was flagged for having 12 men on the field. The five-yard penalty put the Texans into FG range…so instead of punting it away, they come away with three points.

  24. savethebs says: Oct 3, 2016 2:09 PM

    don’t worry april….there will be more titans coaches let go in the weeks to come…
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    let’s hope it starts with mularkey

  25. savethebs says: Oct 3, 2016 2:10 PM

    The Raiders are 3-1 and have more wins than the Titans this year.

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    he means in the last 2 years the raiders have won 2 games IN TITANS STADIUM. the titans themselves have only won 2 games there.

  26. a1b24312 says: Oct 3, 2016 2:13 PM

    When they hired Mularkey into this job, it was pretty much preordained how the Titans would fare. So fire all the assistants all you want.

    They’ve got larger issues as well – like settling the ownership issue.

  27. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Oct 3, 2016 2:29 PM

    How this guy keeps on getting ST coaching jobs is beyond me. He hasn’t done a thing since he had two all world, All-Pro kickers playing for him in Buffalo…

  28. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Oct 3, 2016 2:30 PM

    He has previously been a special teams coach for the Jets, Raiders, Eagles, Bills, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Falcons.

    so his agent must be connected to a laundry list of other coaches, as he keeps coming up with a job.

    one thing about special teams, however, is that the front office and the coach can either give the s.t. coordinator a few core guys, and forgive their shortcomings if needed for position play, or not. if not, the coordinator’s job becomes much more difficult. not sure of the case here.

  29. jeffreyshulenburg says: Oct 3, 2016 2:34 PM

    Didn’t this guy rock it when he was the ST coach for the Bills?
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    He was an amazing STs coach in Buffalo sending all kinds of STs players to the pro bowl. Bilsl STs those years were moticably the best unit on the team. I know a lot of Bills fans who wanted him promoted to HC

    He hasnt had as much success since he left

  30. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Oct 3, 2016 2:42 PM

    They could have kept Whisenhunt for all this mess. After all, he’s still on their payroll for the next three seasons even if he’s coaching elsewhere.

  31. kevpft says: Oct 3, 2016 2:55 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Oct 3, 2016 12:58 PM

    This guy use to be great for the Bills back in the mid to late 2000s, what happened?

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    What happened is that he started working for a team whose management & coaching leadership need fall guys, and lots of them.

  32. johny248 says: Oct 3, 2016 3:00 PM

    I don’t have any NFL GM experience, but to me it just seems a little counter productive that anytime one of these coaches are fired, the give the job to the guy who was the assistant to the coach whom the team didn’t think is was good enough to keep around. Wouldn’t it make sense to bring someone in that may have a different system or ideas than the coach who was being replaced? I mean that assistant is part of the system which failed, and probably knows what he learned from the fired coach. What makes toy think that the newly promoted assistant to coach is going to do anything ant different? Why not being in a new guy and start fresh?

  33. slick50ks says: Oct 3, 2016 4:28 PM

    They need to start looking for a real QB.

  34. hippieway says: Oct 3, 2016 4:31 PM

    Don’t stop there, keep going, sooner or later you will get to Mularkey.

  35. goattoday says: Oct 3, 2016 4:35 PM

    Yep, that’s the answer. Fire the ST coach. We’re headed for the Super Bowl now. Pure genius!!

  36. buckeye044 says: Oct 3, 2016 5:58 PM

    @pooflingingmonkey

    I don’t think their D coordinator has failed lately, he’s still pretty good considering what he’s working with

  37. cardinealsfan20 says: Oct 3, 2016 6:52 PM

    The problem is an offensive philosophy that refuses to throw the ball down field, at all. Exotic smash mouth is fine, and Murray has had a great year so far. However, sometimes watching the game you’re thinking, who is calling these plays? Marcus has to be good enough to throw a go route against single coverage.

  38. flipola says: Oct 3, 2016 7:53 PM

    The first of many, hopefully.

  39. edavidberg says: Oct 5, 2016 3:29 PM

    Good, hopefully Mularkey will be next. His offense is terrible. It’s designed for someone like Case Keenum not Marcus Mariota.

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