The New York Jets made another move Thursday when the team announced they have hired former Arizona Cardinals assistant Stump Mitchell as running backs coach. He'll replace Marcel Shipp, who was fired after the Jets 5-11 regular season.
Mitchell and Todd Bowles worked together with the Cardinals under Bruce Arians. Mitchell was Arizona's running backs coach for the past four seasons. There, he coached backs like David Johnson and Andre Ellington - who both have had tremendous success in recent memory.
Last season, Johnson broke out for 1,239 yards and 80 catches.
The Jets new RBs coach started with the Seattle Seahawks as a running backs coach in 1999 and eventually with the Washington Redskins in 2008. Along the way, Mitchell worked with players like Shaun Alexander and Clinton Portis.
Mitchell also had a successful playing career. In 116 games, Mitchell rushed for 4,649 yards and 32 touchdowns. He showed the same dynamic ability Matt Forte and Bilal Powell show on a game-to-game basis as Mitchell caught 209 passes for 1,955 yards and nine touchdowns. In his playing days, Mitchell also was the Cardinals' primary punt and kickoff returner.
New York hopes Mitchell can rub off on Forte and continue to develop Powell into a special running back in 2017.
Joe Barone is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)