April springs out of Bills contract

There are no word games to play with this Buffalo Bills coaching staff update:

Bobby April is gone.

ESPN's John Clayton reports April, the highly respected special-teams coordinator, has exercised a clause to terminate his contract with two years remaining.

The Bills on Monday either fired their entire coaching staff or advised them to start looking for new jobs, depending on which side was telling the story. Semantics aren't needed with April. He's sprung.

If there was any one member of the Bills' coaching staff to retain, it's April. He is considered the best special-teams coach in the NFL, with the possible exception of New York Jets coordinator Mike Westhoff.

In three of the previous five seasons, April's units finished No. 1 in the Dallas Morning News' annual special teams rankings.

April's final season with Buffalo was tumultuous. Their special teams didn't fare nearly as well as their track record. Leodis McKelvin fumbled a kickoff return on opening night to blow a near-certain victory over the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. Top punt returner Roscoe Parrish wound up in former head coach Dick Jauron's doghouse.

Bills punter Brian Moorman did have the best season in franchise history, and kicker Rian Lindell made the fifth-most field goals in the NFL.

When the Bills fired Jauron, they passed over April for the interim job even though he had the title of assistant head coach. April was livid over the snub. The Bills gave the job to defensive coordinator Perry Fewell instead.