They're coming fast, folks.
Brian Schottenheimer agreed to be the offensive coordinator after a few days of flirting with leaving the team. He is expected to have more freedom with the offense gameplan under Rex Ryan. The front office seems to love him. We'll see if that's justified. In any case, he has a few brand new assistants to work with.
After eight years coaching the wide receivers in St. Louis, Henry Ellard will assume the same role in New York. During his time with the Rams, he coached Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, and Donnie Avery among others. On the surface, this looks like an upgrade over Noel Mazzone. Ellard will work with Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery as well as younger prospects like Chansi Stuckey and David Clowney.
Former Cleveland runningbacks coach Anthony Lynn has taken the same position with the Jets. The Browns weren't a strong running team for the most part, but Lynn was highly coveted from many teams. He also worked under Bill Parcells with Dallas from 2005-06. The Tuna even attempted to hire him in Miami last year before Cleveland extended his contract.
Doug Plank will take over the secondary. Those of you yearning for Buddy Ryan's 4-6 defense have a throwback on the staff, as it was Plank's number 46 that inspired the famous Chicago defense. Recently, he coached the AFL's Georgia Force from 2005-2007 and was a roving assistant coach for the Falcons defense last year.
Two other coaches were hired as well. Jim O'Neil will be the new defensive quality control coach. Jeff Weeks will be an assistant defensive coach.
The following players were all signed to reserve/future contracts.
DL Kareem Brown - ended season on practice squad
RB Jehuu Caulcrick - ended season on practice squad
DE Kenwin Cummings - ended season on practice squad
OL Stanley Daniels - ended season on practice squad
WR Marcus Henry - ended season on practice squad
RB Noah Herron - former Packer was signed by Tampa Bay last season but didn't play
RB Marcus Mason - was signed to active roster during season
DE Ropati Pitoitua - waived as part of the Jets' last cuts last offseason
WR Paul Raymond - spent time on practice squad for both Jets and Giants last year
LB Brandon Renkart - ended season on practice squad
DT Brian Schafering - ended season on practice squad
WR Huey Whittaker - starred for the AFL's Utah Blaze last season