Early in Bobby April's career, the Eagles' special teams coordinator could have focused on defense. He chose special teams because he wanted to be a head coach and figured it was the surest path.
"I thought the best avenue to my goal, which was to be a head coach, was special teams," April said. "The problem was, I think I was the only one that thought that."
April is now a long-time special teams coordinator, and one of the most successful ones. But he seldom receives interest in becoming a head coach. Ravens coach John Harbaugh suffered from a similar plight when he was with the Eagles. Harbaugh's hire in 2008 was a major move for special teams coordinators.
I think there’s a culture, even with as good as John has done, because in the last five years, the guys that have been hired in the last five years, no one has come close to doing as well," April said. "In fact, some places have hired three guys since he’s been hired. His last year, or his second to last year, he still had all those capabilities. I think he’s made a big mark because over the last five years or before he was hired, no special teams coaches were ever even interviewed. Now, there were certain situations, like I got interviewed in Buffalo but I was on the staff. No one from somewhere else. So it never happened.