FRISCO - Miles Austin's star at The Star seemed to be on the rise a couple of years ago as the former Dallas Cowboys standout receiver - who had a close relationship with then-head coach Jason Garrett - interviewed for the wide receivers coaching position with "America's Team.''
He didn't get the gig. But three years after being passed over by his adopted hometown Cowboys, it appears the "Jersey guy'' Austin will actually be working for one of his hometown teams, the New York Jets.
Austin, 36, has evidently accepted a spot with the Jets as part of new head coach Robert Saleh’s staff. Salah had been the defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers, where Austin has been working as an offensive quality-control coach.
Austin’s college coach at Monmouth tweeted about the news, Mark Fabish writing, "Couldn’t be more excited for Miles Austin being named WR coach for the Jets! Congrats and J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!
Austin did the work to forge an NFL career after going undrafted but then spending 10 years in the NFL. Austin was a two-time Pro Bowler and caught 361 passes for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns in a career highlighted by his 2009 season when he topped the league in receiving yards (1,320).
He developed a close relationship with key members of the team, including Tony Romo and Jason Witten, and Garrett, who oversaw his hiring in 2017 as a scouting intern. Austin hoped to move up in January 2018 but was passed over as the Dallas receivers coach in favor of the more experienced Sanjay Lal.
Lal just finished a successful season with the Seahawks. And now Miles Austin gets his first real crack at beginning a career in coaching - back home.
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