New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh will retain special teams coordinator Brant Boyer on the coaching staff in 2021.
The foursome is complete. The New York Jets head coach is Robert Saleh, the team’s offensive coordinator is Mike LaFleur, the defensive coordinator is Jeff Ulbrich, and the special teams coordinator will be a familiar face.
Saleh and the Jets will retain Brant Boyer in the same role he’s occupied since 2016, per NFL Network’s Tom Peliserro.
The #Jets are retaining Brant Boyer as their special teams coordinator, source said. Some continuity on Robert Saleh’s new staff.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 25, 2021
Boyer, 49, will enter his sixth season as the Jets’ special teams coach in 2021. This means he’s already outlasted two coaching regime changes and is now working on a third.
Boyer’s NFL journey started as a player. Drafted in the sixth round of the 1994 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, Boyer dressed in 14 games his rookie season, mainly playing special teams.
The middle linebacker then took his act to Jacksonville where he really carved out a special teams niche with the Jaguars over six seasons. Boyer was on the Tom Coughlin-coached Jags team that stunned the Denver Broncos in the 1996 playoffs and made it all the way to the AFC championship game. He was also on the team that lost to Bill Parcells’s Jets in the 1998 divisional round.
After three years in Cleveland, Boyer eventually took to coaching. Working as a special teams assistant in 2012 for the Indianapolis Colts ultimately turned into his first coordinator job with the Jets.
Boyer led his unit to a No. 1 DVOA ranking in 2018, per Football Outsiders. After finishing fourth in 2019, his special teams dipped all the way to 29th a year ago.
Been wondering if they were gonna keep boyer. Ive got no problem with that. Hopefully he can get the best out of Mann, get him more consistent instead of highs and lows.
Hoping to see more consistency out of the punt coverage team as well, it really struggled this year. Odd to watch after it was so solid the past two years. Maybe just a product of the talent deficiency at the bottom of the roster. Perhaps with more time for Douglas strengthen the team, those 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-stringers can be more capable special teamers.
Like the move though, Boyer has done a mostly good job. Mann is his franchise quarterback to develop.
Yea id say with now boyers experience and track record, its a good move to give him another shot with hopefully some better backups for his coverage unit, i think itll straighten up