New NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh seems to be wasting no time putting together his staff. Along with the rumored hiring of offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, another name has popped up as a rumored candidate.
Former NFL wide receiver Miles Austin has been connected to the Jets via numerous sources with rumors pointing to him being named the team’s next wide receivers coach.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported on Friday that Austin is “a name to watch” for the Jets noting a few connections he has to the team.
Austin was the offensive quality control coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 2019 as he worked alongside Saleh. On top of that, he’s a New Jersey native who attended college in nearby Monmouth.
But Cimini isn’t the only person to make note of the Jets’ interest in Austin. In fact, one other, perhaps less credible, source indicated that the Jets had already made the hire.
Mark Fabish, Austin’s former coach at Monmouth, took to Twitter later in the day to congratulate Austin on being named the Jets’ wide receivers coach. At least per his words, the deal is already done.
Of course, this source is completely unverified and it should be stated that this is just a rumor. But there appears to be more than one source connecting Austin to the Jets’ job.
The NY Jets would be hiring an experienced NFL veteran in Miles Austin
A 10-year NFL veteran, Austin is best known for his eight years with the Dallas Cowboys where he made two Pro Bowls and led the NFC in receiving yards in 2009.
After brief stints with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, Austin retired in 2015 before returning to the Cowboys as part of their coaching staff.
From 2017 to 2018, Austin served as a pro and college scouting intern for the Cowboys while also finishing up his college degree at Monmouth. In 2019, he was brought on to the 49ers coaching staff for his first real coaching experience.
The Jets’ wide receivers coach over the last two years has been the well-traveled Shawn Jefferson who previously served under Adam Gase on the Miami Dolphins. Jefferson was also the assistant head coach of the offense but likely won’t be brought back as part of the new coaching staff.
Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has also worked closely with the Jets’ receivers since 2019 as an offensive assistant under Gase. Much like Jefferson, there has been no word about if he will return with Saleh now in charge.
But if the rumors are true, Miles Austin could be the Jets’ next wide receivers coach.