The NY Jets continue to fill out new head coach Robert Saleh’s coaching staff as the days go by. And on Tuesday, two more names were reportedly added to his growing staff including former NFL wide receiver Miles Austin.
Schrager also said that the Jets had hired Taylor Embree to be their running backs coach. Embree was the tight ends coach at the University of Colorado under former Jets’ wide receiver coach Karl Dorrell before being hired.
Austin and Embree join the likes of Mike LaFleur, John Benton, Greg Knapp, and Rob Calabrese as members of Saleh’s offensive staff that have been reported thus far. Interestingly enough, all staff reports have come from the offensive side of the ball to this point.
Just something to keep an eye on.
The NY Jets have two new coaches on their offensive staff
Austin is the more notable name having spent 10 years playing in the NFL from 2006 to 2015. He spent eight of those years with the Dallas Cowboys where he earned two Pro Bowl nods and even led the NFC in receiving in 2009.
For a time, Austin was legitimately one of the best receivers in football. After retiring, Austin served as a pro and college scouting intern for the Cowboys from 2017 to 2018 before joining the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff in 2019.
That’s where he first worked with Saleh while serving as the team’s offensive quality control coach. Now, Austin is set to return to his home state as the Jets’ wide receivers coach.
Austin is a New Jersey native who attended college at nearby Monmouth. He even returned to Monmouth in 2018 to finish up his college degree post-retirement.
This likely means that the incumbent Shawn Jefferson won’t return. The same is probably true for Hines Ward who served as an offensive assistant under Adam Gase and worked quite a bit with the receivers.
As for Embree, he worked with Saleh as the offensive quality control coach for the 49ers from 2017 to 2019 — the same title Austin held. Prior to that, he worked with the Kansas City Chiefs as a defensive assistant.
His only experience working in the NFL has come under the likes of Andy Reid and Kyle Shanahan. Not a bad duo to have gained your first NFL experience with.
As Saleh’s staff continues to take shape, the next step will be hiring a defensive coordinator and determining whether Saleh will call plays on defense or not.
But for now, the offensive staff is nearly complete.