Special teams coach Brant Boyer could be hired by Arizona Cardinals
The veteran special teams coordinator could be hired before the Arizona Cardinals front office has a new head coach in place.
What in the world is going on with the Arizona Cardinals? Super Bowl LVII has arrived, and the team still hasn’t decided on a new head coach. As strange as that may be, the Cards may be on the verge of doing something that could really leave their fans scratching their heads.
Brant Boyer, a special teams coordinator from the New York Jets, could be heading to the desert. One-time Cardinals employee Mike Jurecki is reporting that the former NFL linebacker could be coaching with the Redbirds in 2023. How could new general manager Monti Ossenfort hire an assistant before the franchise has Boyer’s prospective boss in place?
There’s no apparent connection between Ossenfort and Boyer. Before taking the Jets gig back in 2016, the 51-year-old Boyer was an assistant special teams coach with the Indianapolis Colts. Meanwhile, Ossenfort has built his professional resume with organizations like the Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans.
The Arizona Cardinals may be moving on from the well-respected Jeff Rodgers
For the past five campaigns, Jeff Rodgers has been a vital part of the Arizona coaching staff. The longtime special teams guru was hired by former head coach Steve Wilks back in 2018. When Kingsbury took over a year later, Rodgers was retained.
In 2020, Rodgers was promoted to assistant head coach. Now, if Jurecki’s report is correct, the well-respected assistant would appear to be moving on.
As a player, Boyer logged 10 seasons in the league with the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns. In 130 career appearances (17 starts), the 6 foot 1, 240 pounder totaled 323 tackles,13 sacks, six interceptions and 13 passes defensed.
It has certainly been an odd offseason thus far for the Cards. Only the team that we love would let the news leak that an assistant coach may be acquired before the head man is announced. If Boyer is indeed on the way, there’s a very good possibility that Ossenfort and Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill have already agreed on a replacement for Kingsbury as well.
(Statistics provided by Pro Football Reference)
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