Rison became the first assistant under coach Herman Edwards to be fired. He told the Daily News he was stunned by the decision.
"It's unbelievable," said Rison. "I'm absolutely shocked. I had a great experience for two years. My goal was to improve the wide receivers and I was excited about what we were able to accomplish. But they said they want to go in a different direction. I'm puzzled. I'll leave it at that."
Rison was the only assistant who did not have a contract for 2003. Jets' GM Terry Bradway declined to comment.