The New York Jets filled one of two vacancies on their coaching staff, promoting quality control assistant Bobby April III to linebackers coach, the team announced Saturday. He replaced Brian VanGorder, who left after one season to become the Notre Dame defensive coordinator.
Rex Ryan still has one opening -- special-teams coordinator. He tried to retain Ben Kotwica, but he bolted for the Washington Redskins in a lateral move. Until the spot is filled, the speculation will focus on Mike Westhoff, who retired after the 2012 season. Westhoff told ESPNNewYork.com Wednesday that he's not actively looking to return to coaching, but that he'd listen if the Jets called. No word on if they've called.
Aside from Kotwica and VanGorder, Ryan's entire staff will return. ESPNNewYork.com reported two weeks ago that Ryan expected to keep the group intact. The pieces started to fall into place once Ryan agreed to his contract extension on Thursday. Late Saturday, the team made it official, announcing the full staff.
Here you go:
Offense -- Marty Mornhinweg (coordinator), Anthony Lynn (assistant head coach/running backs), David Lee (quarterbacks), Mike Devlin (line), Steve Hagen (tight ends), Sanjay Lal (wide receivers), Ron Heller (assistant line).
Defense -- Dennis Thurman (coordinator), Bobby April III (linebackers), Karl Dunbar (line), Tim McDonald (secondary), Brian Smith (assistant secondary), Jeff Weeks (assistant line/linebackers),
Special teams -- Louie Aguiar (assistant)
Strength & Conditioning — Justus Galac, Pierre Ngo (assistant), Paul Ricci (assistant).