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Former Arizona Wildcats Boyer, Hammerschmidt retained by Jets amid assistant firings

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Former Arizona Wildcats Brant Boyer and Jeff Hammerschmidt have apparently been retained by New York Jets coach Todd Bowles among a wave of firings of assistants by the team this morning.

Boyer is the Jets’ special teams coach and Hammerschmidt is his assistant. Former Arizona placekicker Nick Folk is a 10-year NFL veteran who has played for the Jets in the last seven seasons.

The Jets, who finished 5-11, announced the fired coaches were Kevin Patullo (quarterbacks), Marcel Shipp (running backs), Pepper Johnson (defensive line), Mark Collins (outside linebackers) and Joe Danna (defensive backs).

New York also announced offensive coordinator Chan Gailey is retiring, which has sparked speculation they may hire former Oregon coach Chip Kelly (who has been fired by Philadelphia and San Francisco as head coach the last two years).

Bowles hired Boyer and Hammerschmidt last offseason after firing former Arizona assistant Bobby April, who was the special teams coach. April was also let go midway through this season by the Tennessee Titans in the same capacity.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron hired April in December to be a special teams consultant for the Tigers.

One other Arizona connection with the Jets, a very important one: Team owner Woody Johnson, great-grandson of the founder of Johnson & Johnson, is an Arizona alum.

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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