Jets' Ryan fills out staff with 2 more hires

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 07, 2013

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets speaks to the media during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has filled out his coaching staff by hiring Brian VanGorder as linebackers coach and Bobby April III as a defensive quality-control coach. VanGorder replaces longtime assistant Bob Sutton, who left to become Kansas City's defensive coordinator. VanGorder was Auburn's defensive coordinator last season after spending the previous four seasons in the same role with the Atlanta Falcons. April, the son of Oakland special teams coordinator Bobby April, spent the past two seasons as a defensive quality control coach for Philadelphia. Ryan has eight new coaches on his staff, the most since becoming head coach in 2009. Among the new hires this offseason was offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, along with the promotions of Dennis Thurman to defensive coordinator and Ben Kotwica to special teams coordinator.
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