Former WR cowboy Miles Austin.
Three years after transferring to the Dallas Cowboys, former wide receiver Miles Austin is now coaching wide receivers.
That’s the position Austin, originally from New Jersey, explicitly holds with the New York Jets under new head coach Robert Saleh. Rich Cimini of ESPN New York released the 36-year-old’s name on Friday.
Robert Saleh, new coach of the #Jets, gathers his team…. Name of WRs coach, Miles Austin, formerly #WR Cowboys. He spent the 2019 season as the 49ers’ offensive quality control coach. The Jersey guy. Monmouth U, Cimini tweeted.
A few hours later, Austin’s coach at Monmouth appeared to announce his hiring.
We couldn’t be happier that @MilesAustinIII has been named WR coach for the @nyjets! Congratulations also to the J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets! #MATime #Hawks4Life #2003and2004NECFields #CharlieMike pic.twitter.com/24go9QG8o3
– Mark Fabish (@Coach_Fab) January 15, 2021
So far, the Jets have not confirmed the addition of Austin to Saleh’s assistant corps.
All the latest news from the Dallas Cowboys straight to your inbox! Sign up for the Heavy on Cowboys newsletter here!
Subscribe to the Heavy on Cowboys newsletter!
As Dallas fans know, Austin is a two-time pro bowler who has received 361 passes for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns in a 10-year career with three teams.
Austin made the jump to the NFL in 2006 as a free agent. He spent eight years with the Cowboys and was first in the league with receiving yards (1320) before going to the Cleveland Browns and eventually to the Philadelphia Eagles for his swan song.
In 2017, the Cowboys hired Austin as a college scout intern. In 2019, he will be coaching, as an offensive quality control coach, another demanding position for the San Francisco 49ers.
This was after he applied to coach the Cowboys in January 2018. The Cowboys decided not to hire Austin and instead left the position to Sanjay Laloux, whom the team fired last season.
Follow The Heavy on Cowboys Facebook page for the latest news, rumors and content!
Former HC Cowboys ready and available to return in 2021
On Twitter Friday, former Cowboys coach and longtime defensive back Wade Phillips expressed his deafening interest in getting a job – any job – with a team – any team – for the 2021 season.
I’m ready to retire! I’m ready and available. Let’s win, Phillips tweeted.
Phillips last trained as the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2019, a position he held since 2017. The 73-year-old was forced into an early but unofficial retirement after the Rams decided not to renew his contract last season. This led to several falsehoods on social media about his unemployment and offers to potential suitors, as well as bragging about his professional accomplishments.
Phillips’ stock peaked in 2015 when he won a Super Bowl ring and the NFL AP Assistant Coach of the Year award as the DC of the Denver Broncos. He helped transform the Denver defense from a mediocre unit to one of the best the sport has ever seen with a supernatural platform player and an easily digestible system.
Some coaches are more suited to be number 2 and not the boss, and Phillips falls into that category. He was 34-22 for HC Dallas from 2007-2010, won just one playoff game, and 16-16 for HC Denver from 1993-94. His other accomplishments, including brief interim appearances at the HC, also led to some postseason success – a career record of 1-5 in 12 years.
READ NOW: The Cowboys are seen as the best place for the old Pro Bowl QB
Follow Zack Kelberman on Twitter: @KelbermanNFL