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From Jan 9:



Sources: Todd Bowles-Keith Armstrong reunion not likely for Jets’ special teams

Todd Bowles would love nothing more than to reunite with Keith Armstrong. But according to sources, Armstrong — the special teams coordinator of the Falcons and longtime friend of the Jets’ head coach — isn’t leaving Atlanta for New Jersey.

Speculation began swirling about a reunion between the two Temple alums after Bowles surprisingly fired special teams coordinator Bobby April on Wednesday after one season.

Shortly after Bowles accepted the Jets’ job in January 2014, he tried to get Armstrong on board, but the Falcons denied the interview request.

Armstrong, 52, played with Bowles at Temple under current Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.

Armstrong, a Trenton native, is one of the most respected and well-paid special teams coordinators after 22 years in the NFL.

He has two years left on his contract, according to one source. It’s highly unlikely the Falcons would grant Armstrong permission to leave for a lateral move.

Bowles turned his focus to other men with whom he has a history. Two names that have been mentioned are Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi, a native of Hillsdale, New Jersey, and Eagles special teams coordinator Dave Fipp. Bowles was with Rizzi in Miami from 2009-11 and Fipp was the Dolphins’ assistant special teams coach from 2011-12.

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No, he was pretty ineffective his last couple years too.

Problem with our special teams was Bowles and Macagnan did not keep ST players on the roster and went for depth elsewhere.


No, the problem is we have like 4 players from our last 4 drafts prior to Macc. You get your special teams players in late rounds.

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When Bowles wanted Armstrong last year, he had one year left on his contract. How the hell did he get two more years added on? An in-season extension? If Armstrong really isnt coming, The Fipp guy from the Eagles is the man. We better hurry on that one!

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Bad overall drafting from 2010-2014 really hurt the quality of the roster, and that is very evident on special teams.

Actually trading away all our picks to make up for bad drafts by trading for needs or to move up in the draft hurt us.  Its the payback for not having all your picks and using the lower picks on STs players.

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