Jets won’t retain receivers coach Henry Ellard

Reuters

The offseason has been rife with stories about how the Jets’ locker room was not a pleasant place, and that many of the problems centered on the wide receiver position.

So perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that receivers coach Henry Ellard won’t return to the team, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

That contradicts what G.M. Mike Tannenbaum had previously indicated: Tannenbaum said last week that he expected to have the entire coaching staff back.

The Jets’ passing game was a disappointment in 2011, and receivers Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress didn’t come up with the kinds of big plays the Jets had been expecting. Since the season several stories have indicated that Holmes was a major malcontent in the locker room.

Before going into coaching Ellard spent 16 seasons as a receiver with the Rams and Redskins, finishing his career with 814 catches for 13,777 yards and 65 touchdowns.