AFC East: Jimmy Raye
New York Jets rookie head coach Rex Ryan is placing the final touches on his staff.
The club on Monday announced the expected hire of quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh and assistant quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
The Jets also promoted Ben Kotwica from defensive quality control coach to assistant special teams coach and switched Brian Smith from offensive quality control to defensive.
There aren't any major openings left to fill. Ryan retained offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and previously hired Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator. Ryan brought Mike Westhoff back to run special teams.
Cavanaugh spent the past four seasons as offensive coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh. He has been offensive coordinator for the Ravens (1999-2004) and Chicago Bears (1997-98). He played 14 seasons as a quarterback for the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.
DeFilippo spent the past two seasons as quarterbacks coach of the Oakland Raiders. He was offensive quality control assistant for the Giants two years before that.
New York Jets
- New York Daily News reporter Rich Cimini writes retained offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is open to having Brett Favre back.
- Newsday's Erik Boland highlights Schottenheimer's comments on how the Jets' offense had to start over from scratch when Favre arrived.
- Former running backs coach Jimmy Raye, now the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator, might bring fullback Tony Richardson with him, writes Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Barrows.
- Olean Times Herald sports editor Chuck Pollock pens an ode to Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson.
- The NFL's best players aren't entirely thrilled with the idea of moving the Pro Bowl to Dolphin Stadium next year.
New England Patriots
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan's maiden staff continued to take shape Wednesday. As expected, four assistants were officially announced and last season's defensive coordinator, Bob Sutton, was retained, but demoted to linebackers coach.
The new confirmed staffers were receivers coach Henry Ellard, running backs coach Anthony Lynn, secondary coach Dennis Thurman and assistant secondary coach Doug Plank.
Quarterbacks and defensive line are Ryan's most significant vacancies. He retained offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, offensive line coach Bill Callahan and special teams coach Mike Westhoff.