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Arizona Cardinals announce hiring of special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers

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The Cardinals announced the hiring of three coordinators including a new special teams coordinator.

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While the Arizona Cardinals officially announced the hiring of new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb, the final name of the coordinator’s has been released and to Arizona Cardinals fans, this may be the one they care about the most.

The Cardinals have signed Jeff Rodgers to be their special teams coordinator under new Head Coach Steve Wilks.

Rodgers is another young coach, as McCoy (48), Holcomb (47) and Rodgers (40) are all on the right side of 50 along with 48 year old Steve Wilks.

Rodgers has been a very successful special teams coach in his seven seasons as a special teams coordinator, 2011-2017.

Some highlights courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals:

Overseeing the Bears special teams, KR Deonte Thompson ranked second in the NFL in 2016 in kickoff return yards (804) and Sherrick McManis led the Bears in special teams tackles in each of the past three seasons (2015-17).

The Broncos returned six kicks for touchdowns during Rodgers tenure in Denver (2011-14), tied for the second most in the NFL in that span. In 2012, Trindon Holliday became the first player in NFL history to record multiple return touchdowns in a playoff game when he scored on a 90-yard punt return and a 104-yard kickoff return in a 38-35 double-overtime loss to the Ravens.

Under Rodgers tutelage, Broncos kicker Matt Prater was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 after setting franchise records in field goal percentage (96.2; 25-of-28) and points scored (150). Prater’s 64-yard field goal in 2013 is the longest in NFL history. In 2014, Connor Barth’s 93.8 field-goal percentage (15-of-16) was the second-highest in team history.In 2011, Broncos punter Britton Colquitt set team records for gross (47.4) and net (40.2) averages. Colquitt broke his own team record the following year with a 42.1 net average.

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