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Eagles begin offseason with coaching changes

When you’re struggling at something, you usually bring in a specialist. The Eagles are hoping they’ve done just that. <br /><p></p>

When you’re struggling at something, you usually bring in a specialist. The Eagles are hoping they’ve done just that.

On Thursday, the team named Bobby April its new special teams coordinator. In a six-year stint with Buffalo, April’s special teams units ranked No. 1 in the NFL three times, according to Rick Gosselin’s annual list. The Eagles were tied for 12th on the list last season. This season’s rankings haven’t been released.

“Bobby April has proven himself as one of the top special teams coaches in this league,” coach Andy Reid said in a statement. “I have spoken with many coaches and players who have worked with and played under Bobby directly and they have had nothing but the highest regard for him in terms as a coach and as a person.”

The Eagles also terminated the contracts of special teams coordinator Ted Daisher, strength and conditioning coach Mike Wolf and assistant strength and conditioning coach Jay Merlino.

“We appreciate the efforts and contributions of those three men,” Reid said.