Jets name Brian Heimerdinger director of player personnel

The Jets have named Brian Heimerdinger the team’s director of player personnel.

Heimerdingeris was most recently a scout with the St. Louis Rams, where he was for three years. Before that, he worked with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan in Houston, and previously worked with Tennessee.

“As a player personnel analyst, he evaluated both pro and college players. His pro responsibilities included evaluating all players on nine NFL rosters, and on the college side he was the Rams’ Southwest area scout,” the Jets said.

Brian is the son of Jets former offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, who worked with the team for just one season (2005). Mike passed away in 2011.

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Jets announce additions to coaching staff

Here is the Jets coaching staff for the 2015 season that has been announced by the team…

  • Head Coach: Todd Bowles

  • Offensive Coordinator: Chan Gailey
  • Quarterbacks: Kevin Patullo
  • Wide Receivers: Karl Dorrell
  • Quality Control-Offense: Robby Brown

  • Defensive Coordinator: Kacy Rodgers
  • Assistant Head Coach/Inside Linebackers: Mike Caldwell
  • Defensive Line Coach: Pepper Johnson
  • Outside Linebackers: Mark Collins
  • Defensive Backs-Safeties: Joe Danna

  • Special Teams Coordinator: Bobby April

  • Strength & Conditioning: Justus Galac
  • Assistant Strength & Conditioning: Kavan Latham
  • Assistant Strength & Conditioning: Aaron McLaurin

For more on the coaches, click here…

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Karl Dorrell was a wide reciever at UCLA in the 80s and has gained significant experience as a WR & QB coach in the NFL and in the college ranks and might be an heir of the offense in time, depending on who the team hires as the QB coach.

Kacy Rodgers comes highly recommended from Todd Bowles and he knows him most notably from their time together in Miami, when Bowles was coordinator and then the interim head coach.  At that time, it is likely that Rodgers helped Bowles run the defense as he transitioned to head coach and so Bowles has a good relationship and enough trust to let Rodgers call the game on his behalf.

Bobby April has had some success as a special teams coach, but many of his recent units in Oakland and back in Philadelphia (where Bowles likely knows him from) have struggled … this is not the return of a Mike Westhoff level special teams coach as best I can tell.

Jets expected to hire Rex Hogan as director of college scouting

The Jets are expected to hire Rex Hogan as their new director of college scouting (Slater, Jan.25).

This marks the first front office move made by new GM Mike Maccagnan. One of his first actions as GM was to fire Terry Bradway (senior director of college scouting) and Jeff Bauer (director of college scouting).

Hogan has been a national scout for Chicago since 2012. Before that, he was a college scout for the Bears since 2003. He got his start as University of Utah’s director of football operations, with a brief stint in 2003. From 2000-03, he worked in recruiting and operations for Notre Dame.

Maccagnan served as the Houston Texans director of college scouting before becoming the Jets GM.