The New York Jets have hired Brant Boyer as their new special teams coordinator, a league source confirmed (as ESPN Insider Adam Caplan first reported). A few thoughts:
1. This is Todd Bowles' second crack at hiring a special teams coach. His first was Bobby April, who brought a quarter-century of experience as a coordinator. That didn't work out so well, as the Jets basically stunk in 2015. This time, Bowles went in the opposite direction, opting for a coach very light on experience. Boyer spent the last four seasons as the Indianapolis Colts' assistant special teams coach, his first full-time coaching job in the NFL. It's a calculated gamble by Bowles.
2. Presumably, Bowles isn't hiring Boyer based on the Colts' performance in 2015. They've been good in the past -- having Adam Vinatieri helps -- but they were ranked 20th in the ESPN special-teams rankings. They surrendered three punt-return touchdowns, a fake field goal and ...
3. Who can forget the infamous fake-punt disaster against the New England Patriots? Down by six points in the third quarter, the Colts decided to get funky on their own 19-yard line. They lined up nine players to the right, with only the long snapper and "quarterback" (safety Colt Anderson) on the left. The Patriots weren't fooled at all. The Colts were supposed to take a delay-of-game penalty, but there was a premature snap and ... well, it was dubbed one of the dumbest plays in NFL history. It would be wrong to blame the assistant special teams coach for such an epic meltdown; nevertheless, it has to mentioned.
4. So why Boyer? Bowles obviously feels he's ready to take the next step on the coaching ladder. People in the Colts' organization felt the same way, too. Boyer was an excellent special teams player during his 10-year NFL career, including a stint with the Cleveland Browns (2001-2003). That's where he met Bowles, the secondary coach.
5. This makes five special teams coaches in five years. Hey, there's no place to go but up, right?