Titans fire special teams coach Bobby April

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.

Photo via Tennessee Titans.

39 responses to “Titans fire special teams coach Bobby April

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. .
    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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  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

  18. @pooflingingmonkey

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

  19. 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.

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