I'm not sure where being a special teams coordinator on a winless UFL team ranks on the coaching ladder, but it can't be too far away from where Kevin O'Dea spent the last few years with the Jets. He was brought in in 2008 to take over as coordinator in place of Mike Westhoff while he dealt with health issues, but when Westhoff returned O'Dea was marginalized and was a coach (but not a coordinator) on the staff.

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No longer. O'Dea has been named special teams coordinator for the Hartford Colonials under head coach and general manager Chris Palmer (the former Giants quarterbacks coach who took the job over the winter).

“Kevin has a fantastic track record as a special teams coach and we are delighted to welcome him to the Hartford Colonials,” Palmer said. “Special teams is a key element of the game that can make or break a season and that area of our team will be in good hands this season.”