Source: Jets fire strength coach

January, 3, 2013
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Bill Hughan, the Jets' head strength and conditioning coach, has been fired after two seasons in his current position, a league source told ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.

Injuries, particularly of the soft-tissue variety, were an ongoing theme, dating to last spring's minicamp and OTA practices. The issue carried into training camp, hitting the receiving corps in particular. Coach Rex Ryan was exasperated, to the point that he tweaked the practice schedule to allow for more stretching time.

The Jets were crushed by injuries in 2012, losing two of their best players -- Darrelle Revis (knee) and Santonio Holmes (foot), both of whom suffered noncontact injuries.

All told, the Jets' starters missed 54 games due to injuries. The team's injury rate for the entire roster was the highest since 2005, according to the Jets' in-house statistics. Former GM Mike Tannenbaum said recently the team is planning to conduct an internal study on the problem this offseason.

Hughan was hired in 2011. He replaced Sal Alosi, who resigned under pressure after his infamous tripping incident in December 2010.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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