June 13, 2024
After the New York Jets tabbed Shawn Jefferson as his replacement, former New York Jets receivers coach Zach Azzanni has left East Rutherford for the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The guard switch at receivers coach for the New York Jets is now complete.
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Less than two weeks after the Pittsburgh Steelers hired former wide receiver and coach Shawn Jefferson to mentor their receivers for the next season, former coach Zach Azzanni has joined the team in the same role.

Before moving to New York, Azzanni coached the Denver Broncos for five seasons. He was only with the Jets for one season. The team’s pass-catchers failed under Azzanni’s coaching because of subpar quarterback play and inadequate talent management. Pro Football Focus actually had them ranked 31st out of 32 NFL clubs. Star receiver Garrett Wilson was the exception to the rule, hauling in 95 passes for 1,042 yards and three touchdowns. The other players on the Jets’ positional depth chart, most notably Allen Lazard, who signed a four-year, $44 million contract with New York last offseason, failed to make a significant impact. Lazard only recorded 23 receptions for 311 yards and one score.
While Azzanni was still under contract, the Jets decided to reunite with Jefferson, who served as the Jets’ assistant head coach/wide receivers coach under Adam Gase for two seasons (2019-20). In addition to the Jets, Jefferson has spent time as a coach for five other NFL teams over the past 18 years, including the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and most-recently the Carolina Panthers.

In addition to Azzanni’s departure, former director of player personnel Chad Alexander has also traded life on the “green” side of the Meadowlands for the west coast. Alexander, who spent the past five seasons with the Jets, is set to become the Los Angeles Chargers’ new assistant general manager, according to SNY’s Connor Hughes, working under new GM Joe Hortiz, as well as with new head coach Jim Harbaugh.

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