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Jets finalize coaching staff
The Jets filled out their coaching staff Thursday, hiring Bobby April III as their quality control/defense coach and Brian VanGorder as their new linebackers coach.
VanGorder, Auburn's defensive coordinator in 2012, held the same position with the Atlanta Falcons from 2008-1.
April spent the past two seasons as the Eagles' quality control/defense coach.
Earlier this week, the Jets announced the firing of offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and the hiring of Louie Aguiar (assistant special teams), Mike Devlin (offensive line), Steve Hagen (tight ends), Ron Heller (assistant offensive line), Pierre Ngo (assistant strength and conditioning) and Jeff Weeks (defensive assistant/defensive line/linebackers).
Tony Sparano, Jr., the son of the Jets' recently-fired offensive coordinator, will remain on staff as an offensive intern.
Here is the Jets' complete coaching staff list for 2013-14:
Rex Ryan (head coach)
Marty Morhinweg (offensive coordinator)
Dennis Thurman (defensive coordinator)
Ben Kotwica (special teams coordinator)
Louie Aguiar (assistant special teams)
Mike Devlin (offensive line)
Karl Dunbar (defensive line)
Justus Galac (head strength and conditioning)
Steve Hagen (tight ends)
Ron Heller (assistant offensive line)
Sanjay Lal (wide receivers)
David Lee (quarterbacks)
Anthony Lynn (running backs)
Tim McDonald (defensive backs)
Pierre Ngo (assistant strength and conditioning)
Paul Ricci (assistant strength and conditioning)
Brian Smith (assistant defensive backs)
Jeff Weeks (assistant defensive line/linebackers)